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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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    1. Andrew on

      @Sachiro Oyama, the mount is on the i-plate which you can change at any time, currently they have i-plates for M42 mount, Nikon F, Olympus OM. Canon FD and Pentax PK.
      Although the rewards say it comes with M42 i-plate as standard, I believe you will be to specify which mount you want e.g. OM instead of M42.

    2. Sachiro Oyama on

      @ REFLEX
      This question may have already been done, and I do not have time anymore ...
      First of all, the M42 mount is mounted on the body, but is it possible to change this to a different mount?

    3. Sachiro Oyama on

      @ Andrew
      @ REFLEX
      Thank you for replying, if we buy a commercially available 14500 size lithium battery, It seems to not have to worry about the battery.

    4. REFLEX Creator on

      @Sachiro Oyama @Andrew We could not have explained that better:)

    5. Andrew on

      @Sachiro Oyama, I think they are using standard 14500 sized li-ion cells so shouldn't be a problem to replace if needed. AFAIK the shutter is electronically controlled so it will need battery power, although sometimes these shutters can have a fixed speed of operation with no battey power, Reflex will need to confirm ot not. That size cell should last quite a while as the electronics and shutter shoundn't be a heavy drain on battery power at all.

    6. Sachiro Oyama on

      @ REFLEX
      Maybe it is already being asked ...
      1. When the spare battery is required, is it possible to buy at a low cost?
      2. Is it impossible to continue shooting when the battery becomes empty?

    7. REFLEX Creator on

      @Bill Sprague It was ingenious system indeed and we looked at it more then once while designing the Reflex I.

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      Bill Sprague on

      I especially enjoyed being able to load film canister to canister and, using the tiny film slitter, swap out film. I didn't see that level of functionality until I bought my Canon APS SLR. Now I can do that again with Reflex's back system. Bravo!

    9. REFLEX Creator on

      @Bill Sprague Quite true, and one of the few left-hand designed cameras!

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      Bill Sprague on

      @REFLEX I actually have a small collection of Exaktas, so both... I love my old reflex cameras and Exakta was part of the genesis of the SLR, from what I gather. Thanks!

    11. REFLEX Creator on

      @Bill Sprague "Hello, I just backed without a reward so I can ask a quick question. I currently shoot with Exakta, Canon, and Olympus and have glass for each. Pardon me for being thick but will I be able to buy lens mounts for my Canon and Olympus glass, once Reflex is released? I'm planning on upgrading my backing, once I know I can. Thanks!"

      Hi Bill,yes, we have currently developed an I-Plate for Canon FD, Olympus OM, Nikon F, Pentax PK and M42. So your Canon and Olympus glass will work. Is the Exacta M42 or EXA mount?

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      Bill Sprague on

      Hello, I just backed without a reward so I can ask a quick question. I currently shoot with Exakta, Canon, and Olympus and have glass for each. Pardon me for being thick but will I be able to buy lens mounts for my Canon and Olympus glass, once Reflex is released? I'm planning on upgrading my backing, once I know I can. Thanks!

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      Glen Sansoucie on

      Reflex, thank you, it does.

    14. REFLEX Creator on

      @Kevan Olesen You're welcome!

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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!

    16. 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!

    17. 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.

    21. 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;)

    22. 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.

    24. 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!

    25. 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!

    27. 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

    29. 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.

    30. 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.

    31. 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.

    32. 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.

    33. 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!

    35. 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?

    36. 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.

    38. 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.

    39. 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.

    41. 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.

    42. 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

    44. 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

    46. 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.

    47. 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.

    48. REFLEX Creator on

      @Graham Johnstone You're welcome!

    49. REFLEX Creator on

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

    50. JC Ruiz on

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

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