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Reflex is the first update on a manual 35mm SLR camera system in over 25 years
Reflex is the first update on a manual 35mm SLR camera system in over 25 years
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      Kevan Olesen on

      Great news about the black powder coated version! All of my cameras are "all black", so I was really, really, hopeful for this. Thanks!

    2. REFLEX Creator on

      @Glen Sansoucie Once the campaign is finished, in the backers survey, you will be given the option to specify. Hope this helps!

    3. REFLEX Creator on

      @Brett Wilson Yes it's been fluctuating, maybe Black Friday backlash or xmas budgets are at play.

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      Glen Sansoucie on

      I think I asked before but can’t find it, I am backing the 350 option that says my choice of mount somewhere out here in one spot, but says “M42 Mount” in other places (including the backing option itself). How do I change it to an OM Mount? Im not hot on buying that as a separate mount.

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      Brett Wilson on

      Not sure if it's the exchange rate, but every time I check to see how the final tally is going, it's gone down. Last time I looked it was about £131000, now it's about £128000. What gives?

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      Graham Johnstone on

      Creator
      OK I will. Now you got me intrigued.

    7. REFLEX Creator on

      @Graham Johnstone "Will you still consider doing a black power coated Reflex in the future. It does not look like it will make it this time around."

      Your comment is well timed Graham. Stay tuned;)

    8. REFLEX Creator on

      @Andrew "the hotshoe coverplate is also labelled a multi functional dial? What does that mean?

      Technically it actually refers to the hot shoe itself.. Much as the shoe mount on the Leica I originally served a different purpose before it became mainly a flash shoe and then was turned into a hot shoe, with Reflex being Arduino based, it has extra connection points for a range of potential breakout units. Makers community invited of course:)

      "The possibility of squeezing in aperture coupling mechanisms into the i-plate concept is intriguing. Not an easy engineering challenge and even if feasible the development and manufacturing cost would be problematic...I would imagine!"

      Indeed it might be (depending on the nature of the idea of course),but that is why currently we're not promising anything more than what is presented.

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      Graham Johnstone on

      Creator
      Will you still consider doing a black power coated Reflex in the future. It does not look like it will make it this time around.

    10. Andrew on

      @creator, the hotshoe coverplate is also labelled a multi functional dial? What does that mean?

      The possibility of squeezing in aperture coupling mechanisms into the i-plate concept is intriguing. Not an easy engineering challenge and even if feasible the development and manufacturing cost would be problematic...I would imagine!

    11. REFLEX Creator on

      @Jelly "Thanks answering my question! I guess coupling all the different lenses would be pretty tricky. Maybe it'll happen in the future? Looking forward to August!"

      They where specifically designed to stand apart, so the reverse DOF was the best answer to an interchangeable design, this said we have been modelling a few new ideas already yes.

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      Jelly on

      Thanks answering my question! I guess coupling all the different lenses would be pretty tricky. Maybe it'll happen in the future? Looking forward to August!

    13. REFLEX Creator on

      @Martin Siegel "I wonder if the Minolta MC/MD i-plate will be available as an add on or in a later stage if the 150% stretch goal is not reached. I hope so, would be the perfect plate and not only for me, I guess. All those great Rokkors out there would deserve it. "

      We have the prototype for the SR/MC/MD, however it is currently not within our budget to take on another mount based on funding below 150%.

      However we are not giving up on the stretch goal yet and we'll be giving it all we have in the next few days to get there:) Hopefully with all of the current backers' full support in helping us to reach this goal!

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      Martin Siegel
      Superbacker
      on

      I wonder if the Minolta MC/MD i-plate will be available as an add on or in a later stage if the 150% stretch goal is not reached. I hope so, would be the perfect plate and not only for me, I guess. All those great Rokkors out there would deserve it.
      Regards
      Martin in Austria

    15. REFLEX Creator on

      @Jos "I pledged for the titanium version.
      It comes with titanium I-mount and I-back as it says in the description.
      Will the mount and back be different from the 'regular' versions?
      I really like the clean design of the camera as it is now!
      Hopefully we get some more backers in the final days."

      Thank you for your support! :) The titanium units are produced in a similar way to the standard Reflex camera, so both the plate and back are will not differ in form from the standard version.

    16. REFLEX Creator on

      @Kelly Dun This is technically possible yes, however we have not done any prototyping for such a plate/mount as of yet.

    17. REFLEX Creator on

      @Andrew "The campaign page mentions open source h/w, I assume the Arduino s/w will also be open source?" Most certainly. We will publish the open HW/SW sections on our web page once Reflex is officially out.

      "Regarding the LED lamp. I'm wondering how effective it could be so has it been proven to be of use photographically?" The idea comes from the fact that we are used to having a continuous light source with us on our phones and we like the practical element of this. Technically it was never really a viable idea when these cameras where originally designed. Similar to the flash, it works we suggest a maximum distance of about 1.5m/5feet (at ISO 200-400). However if you want a more professional onboard solution we would suggest you use the hot shoe (situated front right of the camera under the hotshot cap) to mount a flash unit or LED panel.

    18. REFLEX Creator on

      @Mistral75 Thanks for the clarification. @Jelly Indeed not a silly question. We have just added a section about this to the FAQ.

    19. Mistral75 on

      @Jelly

      Your questions aren't silly but they were asked and answered before in this very section of the project :).

      To sum it up: the normal state of any lens on any I-Plate is stopped down. Metering in particular is done stopped down. There is a button or a slider, depending on the mount, on the bottom right part of the I-Plate (when looking from the rear of the camera) that fully opens the aperture when pushed or slid. You shall take advantage of it when framing and/or focusing.

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      Jelly on

      Possibly a series silly questions, but given the interchangeability of the lens mounts, how exactly does metering work in regards to aperture? How do the different lenses communicate aperture with the meter? Is it stop-down or open aperture? Thanks!

    21. Andrew on

      @creator, The campaign page mentions open source h/w, I assume the Arduino s/w will also be open source?

      Regarding the LED lamp. I'm wondering how effective it could be so has it been proven to be of use photographically?

    22. Kelly Dun on

      Any chance of adding a Leica R I-Mount in the future?

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      Graham Johnstone on

      Creator
      Thank you very much. I am glad that you are staying with metal casings.

    24. Jos on

      @Creator
      I pledged for the titanium version.
      It comes with titanium I-mount and I-back as it says in the description.
      Will the mount and back be different from the 'regular' versions?
      I really like the clean design of the camera as it is now!
      Hopefully we get some more backers in the final days.

    25. REFLEX Creator on

      @Graham Johnstone "This may seem like a silly question regarding the Helios-44 lens.
      Apparently there several versions of this lens, series 2,4,5,6,7.
      Will you be sourcing a particular version of this lens or just whatever is available."

      No not at all silly question at all. These will be sourced depending on availability, however it will indicate whether the lens is single or multi coated. This can be a preference and we will inform whether the customer has a preference. Also, some of the later generations are non-metal casings, these we will not use.

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      Graham Johnstone on

      Creator
      This may seem like a silly question regarding the Helios-44 lens.
      Apparently there several versions of this lens, series 2,4,5,6,7.

      Will you be sourcing a particular version of this lens or just whatever is available.

    27. REFLEX Creator on

      @Andrew You read that right. The camera will have BLE on board. The stretch is to further (or faster) unlock development of the IoT and remote capabilities.

    28. Andrew on

      @creator, Are you going to include the BLE module hardware in the camera as standard or is this subject to the 150k stretch goal? I got the impression the extra funding goal was to enable development of the connectivity/app software in time for release.

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      Dgy Geezer on

      @mistral75 Ah yes, my You is hyperopia and astigmatic. I guess at close range you can see the controls, whereas I cannot. But spectacles are good in both cases

    30. Mistral75 on

      @Dgy Geezer

      I'm not the one requesting dioptre correction options, other people are. I'm just suggesting a possible solution.

      The answer to your "if you... how do you..." is quite simple: 'you' is myopic (shortsighted).

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      Dgy Geezer on

      @mistral75 Glasses/Lunettes are best. If you need a diopter adjustment, how do you manage to see the controls on the camera or the focal distance on the lens?- I cant. I messed with diopters, but without specs I could not manage the camera. With specs, you dont need a diopter

    32. REFLEX Creator on

      @Mistral75 We will happily take that on board. There is a current design (with the rectangular eyepiece) that has a diopter adjustment, but it's something we can't promise will make it onto the camera, so yes maybe as an alternative we can go this route.

    33. Mistral75 on

      With reference to dioptre correction options, couldn't you replace the current rectangular eyepiece by a circular one with a standard diameter and thread, so that people can screw in dioptre correction lenses?

      Nikon and Voigtländer, among others, propose such dioptre correction lenses in various strengths. They will fit such cameras as the Voigtländer Bessa R2, R3, R4 and Bessaflex, the Epson RD series, the Fujifilm X-Pro 1, the Nikon FA, FM, FM-2, FE and FE-2, the Zeiss Ikon 35 / Zeiss ZM series and even some Contax cameras.

      In short, they are quite standard.

    34. REFLEX Creator on

      @Graham Johnstone You're welcome!

    35. REFLEX Creator on

      @JC Ruiz As a message, but on here works as well so that's noted. Thank you.

    36. JC Ruiz on

      I have re-pledged to get the free I-plate. Where do I enter this code? BLKFDRFLX

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      Graham Johnstone on

      Creator
      Thank very much on the lens information. Great help.

    38. REFLEX Creator on

      @Andrew "what will the lever on the top do?" The selector on top switches between flash and LED, once selected, the button is used to set the intensity.
      "Will it be used to select average/spot metering modes?" The Spot Meter is operated by a momentary button, front-right of the camera.
      "I assume it will have an 'off' setting. When off will the shutter release be inhibited? What’s the button on the back for?" Yes, it does, it operates by rotating the shutter release button. The shutter will not operate in 'OFF' mode.
      "is the prototype shown in the Dropbox images pretty much the final design layout? I quite like the style by the way, it has a no nonsense machined look about it." It might get a bit of a polish, but it will pretty much remain the way it is presented yes.

    39. REFLEX Creator on

      @Dgy Geezer Duly noted

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      Dgy Geezer on

      Dont waste the stretch goal money on an app. This is an analogue camera and all funds should go towards specific camera features-or a digital back

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      Dgy Geezer on

      Please get rid of the LED module and replace it with a top cover shutter release

    42. Andrew on

      @creator, what will the lever on the top do? Will it be used to select average/spot metering modes? I assume it will have an 'off' setting. When off will the shutter release be inhibited? What’s the button on the back for?
      Finally, is the prototype shown in the Dropbox images pretty much the final design layout? I quite like the style by the way, it has a no nonsense machined look about it.

    43. REFLEX Creator on

      @Graham Johnstone "Regarding Refurbished lens.
      Please forgive my ignorance on this subject.
      To what extent will the process be when refurbishing the lens.
      Will the condition of each lens be a priority when selecting them for refurbishment."

      That's ok, your question makes sense. The refurbishment will be for the optical and mechanical parts and it comes with a 1 month return and a 2 year warranty. Regarding aesthetics, we don't take anything under A- into consideration for refurbishment. Hope this helps!

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      Graham Johnstone on

      Creator
      Regarding Refurbished lens.
      Please forgive my ignorance on this subject.
      To what extent will the process be when refurbishing the lens.

      Will the condition of each lens be a priority when selecting them for refurbishment.

    45. REFLEX Creator on

      @Mistral75 Thank you

    46. Mistral75 on

      @Reflex Yes, it's ok now.

    47. REFLEX Creator on

      @Mistral75 Thanks for letting us know. Should be ok now. Maybe if you could refresh and check again as we don't have access to a Windows platform.

    48. Mistral75 on

      @Reflex @Creator

      Thank you for the Dropbox link with the additional pictures. The file named BW4.jpg seems to be corrupted though: I can't open it with any image editor and, within the .zip archive, it's oddly compressed (36% versus 5% to 7% for the other ones).

      Could you please have a look at it on a Windows platform? I thank you in advance.

    49. REFLEX Creator on

      @ Benjamin Hinkeldey "Will there be the possibility to order the latter additionally for the same shipment though? I'm asking because international shipping costs are a major pain in the arm!"

      You can add-on (raise) your pledge by the amount you need for an additional mount (or back) and when the campaign ends you will be sent a backers survey asking you to confirm the type of mount. So no need for separate shipping!

    50. REFLEX Creator on

      @Federico That's ok:)

      1. Can we have more detailed camera pictures?
      2. Is there a plan to build a brand new lens (or series of lenses) branded "Reflex"for this camera?
      3. When will the camera debut at Photokina 2018, will it still be a prototype or will it be the final version?
      4. "Painful Button": When will the machine be officially on the market as a finished product?

      1. Of course: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/bwopxu44q25vgw7/AACQ-A8IMbQ6keS1gQSdWfMda
      2. Maybe in the future we would look into creating a manual lens line as not that many new options are around anymore, but for now we would encourage to use the broad range of available second hand lenses. These can be private sales (ebay etc), but also from retailers who would offer warranty.
      3+4. Reflex will ship by the end of August 2018 to everyone that backed us on Kickstarter, so Photokina (September) 2018 will show a production camera.

      Hope this helps!

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