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"I'm Back" lets you use film SLRs to shoot digitally.
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Mar 13, 2019 17:12:45   #
Soul Dr. (a regular here)
 
Anybody know anything about this? How well it may work?
Just got it in a email from B&H. Pretty interesting.
You can get more info about ordering and what film cameras the backs are available for on their site.
Always wished I could shoot with my SLRs digitally.

I'm Back Converts Films Cameras to Digital Cameras
Bring your film camera into the digital age with the I’m Back PRO. This unique digital back replaces the film door on most 35mm film SLRs and lets you shoot digitally with your vintage gear. Dedicated covers are also available for a perfect fit with various popular film cameras.
$49.00 - $299.00

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Mar 13, 2019 17:17:45   #
speters (a regular here)
 
Soul Dr. wrote:
Anybody know anything about this? How well it may work?
Just got it in a email from B&H. Pretty interesting.
You can get more info about ordering and what film cameras the backs are available for on their site.
Always wished I could shoot with my SLRs digitally.

I'm Back Converts Films Cameras to Digital Cameras
Bring your film camera into the digital age with the I’m Back PRO. This unique digital back replaces the film door on most 35mm film SLRs and lets you shoot digitally with your vintage gear. Dedicated covers are also available for a perfect fit with various popular film cameras.
$49.00 - $299.00
Anybody know anything about this? How well it may ... (show quote)



Been around for a while and never really caught on, Leica did a similar thing about 20 years back and it too, was a no go!

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Mar 13, 2019 17:20:22   #
rmalarz (a regular here)
 
$299+$69=$368 Do you know how much film I could purchase for that amount of money? Not worth it to me. I'll bet not a lot of people are going to be jumping on this one. I'll stick with film for my film cameras.
--Bob

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Mar 13, 2019 18:08:03   #
User ID (a regular here)
 
rmalarz wrote:

$299+$69=$368 Do you know how much film
I could purchase for that amount of money?

--Bob


Well thaz an extremely nontricky question !

Acoarst I know. Everybody knows. Start with
$370 and 30 rolls later it's game-over. I did
include C-41 proc, NO prints, self scanned. I
ran all my figgers past an Esteemed Rocket
Scientist, just to double check ;-)

OTOH, I did visit their site. Their device is a
definite novelty, not for normal uses. So, for
your $370, the 30 rolls of film is prolly more
and better photographic results than you are
gonna get from this chatzke before you ebay
it or mothball it !

Wonder how soon these toys will turn up on
ebay describes as "low mileage" "little use" ?

.

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Mar 13, 2019 18:17:22   #
Harry0 (a regular here)
 
I dunno. What's the big deal?
I have a goodly amount of film cameras around here. Different makes, models, years. On the shelf next to me are 2 Iskras, a Nikon FM and a Zenit. I live in SoCal, so add tax. For $400 *each* I'd have the ability to natively use last century's lenses with a fugly 8mp sensor apparatus ...
*OR* I could buy a 5D II 20mp camera and a fistful of lens adapters.
Same $400 for a 20mp version ... I might be kinda interested.

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Mar 13, 2019 18:23:30   #
Soul Dr. (a regular here)
 
Harry0 wrote:
I dunno. What's the big deal?
I have a goodly amount of film cameras around here. Different makes, models, years. On the shelf next to me are 2 Iskras, a Nikon FM and a Zenit. I live in SoCal, so add tax. For $400 *each* I'd have the ability to natively use last century's lenses with a fugly 8mp sensor apparatus ...
*OR* I could buy a 5D II 20mp camera and a fistful of lens adapters.
Same $400 for a 20mp version ... I might be kinda interested.


The I'm back sensor is 16mp. It can record jpg or raw and can do video also.

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Mar 13, 2019 18:36:21   #
rmalarz (a regular here)
 
It's actually about 158 rolls. For every 50 there's an additional $18 for developer and a few cents for fixer. So, that'll drop the number of rolls a bit. They can keep the gimmick and I'll stick with film.
--Bob

User ID wrote:
Well thaz an extremely nontricky question !

Acoarst I know. Everybody knows. Start with
$370 and 30 rolls later it's game-over. I did
include C-41 proc, NO prints, self scanned. I
ran all my figgers past an Esteemed Rocket
Scientist, just to double check ;-)

OTOH, I did visit their site. Their device is a
definite novelty, not for normal uses. So, for
your $370, the 30 rolls of film is prolly more
and better photographic results than you are
gonna get from this chatzke before you ebay
it or mothball it !

Wonder how soon these toys will turn up on
ebay describes as "low mileage" "little use" ?

.
Well thaz an extremely nontricky question ! br ... (show quote)

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Mar 13, 2019 18:49:22   #
Bill_de (a regular here)
 
Before anyone gets too excited:

"I’m Back was created with the intention of reusing the old analog in a digital way, but maintaining a “retro” aspect in the photos thanks to the focusing screen. It is not intended to have the quality of a digital camera of last generation, therefore, it is not an accessory to be at par with a digital or even an analog..."

https://imback.eu/home/


That doesn't mean it might not be something fun to play with.

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Mar 13, 2019 19:17:04   #
BebuLamar (a regular here)
 
I saw claim to have 16MP yet the sample images are very poor quality.

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Mar 13, 2019 19:19:06   #
Math78
 
"I'm Back" uses a 1/2.3" sensor. That's gives you a 5.6 crop factor. You'll have a very different experience using "I'm Back" than you originally had with 35 mm film.

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Mar 13, 2019 19:26:21   #
BebuLamar (a regular here)
 
And they want to sell it for around $400? I much rather pay that for the Nikon D3400.

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Mar 13, 2019 19:46:25   #
Bill_de (a regular here)
 
Math78 wrote:
"I'm Back" uses a 1/2.3" sensor. That's gives you a 5.6 crop factor. You'll have a very different experience using "I'm Back" than you originally had with 35 mm film.


From the listing on B&H:

I'm Back PRO Digital Back


Top Highlights
•Convert 35mm Film Camera to Digital
•No Crop Factor, Depth of Field Adapter
•Universal Cover Fits Most 35mm Film SLRs


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Mar 13, 2019 20:12:02   #
Harry0 (a regular here)
 
BebuLamar wrote:
And they want to sell it for around $400? I much rather pay that for the Nikon D3400.

Yeah, me too. Also. But the flange distance for Nikons is too big for most adapters.
Canon's short enough to make adapters usable.
A M39 or M42 adapter on a Nikon will give you maybe~ 10 to 20 feet to focus; but on a Canon they work well. Pop that ol Leica lens on and go for it. And it's a Canon- @ $250 to $350 on fleabay. A little goop, a little paint, make it look like a classic Practika

The blurbs I saw referenced an 8mp working model, with 16mp "coming soon". I could make a Holga digital and get similar results to what they displayed.
I can wait.

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Mar 13, 2019 20:27:31   #
AndyH (a regular here)
 
rmalarz wrote:
$299+$69=$368 Do you know how much film I could purchase for that amount of money? Not worth it to me. I'll bet not a lot of people are going to be jumping on this one. I'll stick with film for my film cameras.
--Bob




Roll and 35mm film is still quite affordable and processing is relatively cheap (Under ten bucks a roll, and $15 for a high quality scan). The "I'm Back" is both too small, and too low in pixels to be anything more than a toy, in my opinion. With some recent gear acquisitions, I've reacquired my love of film, and shoot and scan is the way to go for film gear. I'm now trying to keep a hand in the film game as well as my DSLRs. I'm still dreaming of a proper digital back to use on my press and view camera, but I'll stick to using the 120 back on them for now.

Of course with the uninterrupted nasty weather and my heavy work schedule, I'm feeling lucky to find the time and circumstances to shoot at all. Fortunately this weekend looks very nice.

If you have old film gear, pull it out and think spring. It's (Spring) bound to be here sooner or later.

Andy

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Mar 13, 2019 22:55:53   #
Soul Dr. (a regular here)
 
You all need to look at some of the photos taken with the latest model. They don't look bad.
The one on B&H now is a new and improved model. It has wi-fi capability and a 2" LCD touch screen on the back.

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