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About

Turn your most powerful accessory in a Raspberry to take pictures with quality and control of the depth of field (blur behind photos)

Photos and much more...
Photos and much more...

 

Important: The camera will not suffer any change, and you can go take pictures with film, and why just remove the accessory and insert the roll and cover with the cap.

For reflex an Rangefinders.

I'm Back and Nikon F2 camera - (photo by I'm Back)
I'm Back and Nikon F2 camera - (photo by I'm Back)

My name is Samuel Mello Medeiros and I am a professional art director. I was born in Brazil but I have lived in Italy over the last 25 years. Since I was 10 (when I built my first “pinhole” camera with a shoe box) I have had a passion for photography and cameras.

I have used cameras since when they were analog with “12, 24, 36 films” and I have always wished to use them again but with the possibility to get the photos right away without expensive films and developing time.

Raspberry Pi - Digital Back
Raspberry Pi - Digital Back

 

Easy mounting kit. You choose:

1- 3d download file to print and assemble. Simple and Fast!

2- kit for mounting, complete with the plastic molded 3D parts.

3- kit for mounting, complete with molded plastic parts Synthesizing Laser.

4- Complete kits of plastic parts made 3d printing + all elletronic part ALREADY INSTALLED!

5- Complete kits of plastic parts made Synthesizing Laser  + all elletronic part ALREADY INSTALLED!

Choose your kit and send you along with the instruction manual and any questions, you can contact through our site www.ibackcamera.eu

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And why not go back to using them?

But it was not enough. So I started to think of a simple way to turn them into digital devices for an easy and immediate use.With this in mind, after destroying four digital cameras in my attempts,I decided that the easiest way would be to opt for an electronic open source and that there was no better solution than a Raspberry PI B3 (for its dimensions and power).

So I started this project and, after one year of hard work in search of a solution, I finally managed to solve the problem.

First prototypes for a digital back
First prototypes for a digital back

 

Digital back with the current version.
Digital back with the current version.

 

I'm Back and Leica M2 + Raspberry Pi camera module
I'm Back and Leica M2 + Raspberry Pi camera module

 

I'm Back - The linux program for RaspberryPi
I'm Back - The linux program for RaspberryPi

 

I'm Back - Access to Desktop and settings
I'm Back - Access to Desktop and settings

 

I'm Back - TFT touch display - Shoot and review your photos
I'm Back - TFT touch display - Shoot and review your photos

 

 

I'm Back - Font side
I'm Back - Font side

 

Focusing area

The area of the photo is smallest of the whole real camera area, due to the focusing Screen. Instead of 24x36mm, will be held 26x18mm.

Focusing Area
Focusing Area

  

First prototype
First prototype

 

Production and delivery:

 

I'm Back™ components

Illustrations by www.tinkercad.com - I'm Back™ by me.
Illustrations by www.tinkercad.com - I'm Back™ by me.

 

Not only shoot photos!

Stop spending your money with rollers and revelations (4 euros for the 36 photos roll + 10 euros for their development). With I’m Back, you can use all the possibilities of the Raspberry Pi form and, besides the possibility to take photos, you can also:

Transfer your photos directly to the Web through the browser Send and receive email Connect via bluetooth (mouse, keyboard and and more) Connect to the network via Ethernet cable Access the function of this “small computer” via the TFT screen For the Raspberry lovers, all the possibilities of their imaginations!

I'm Back. With Raspberry Pi, no only photos...but much more!
I'm Back. With Raspberry Pi, no only photos...but much more!

What does “I’m back” consist of?

It uses the latest Raspberry Pi camera module 8 megapixel Sony and it is based on the picture taken from the focusing screen with fresnel focus which conveys the image a sort of “grain texture” typical of 200 or 400 asa film.

I'm Back - Raspberry module camera v.2 8 mp
I'm Back - Raspberry module camera v.2 8 mp

 

Linux OS
Linux OS

Open source software and hardware (Raspberry PI B3 with Linux and Python as programming code) with the possibility to use Raspberry PI B3 for other projects using the touchscreen TFT display and its USB ports.

Photos are saved in a pen drive.


How to use I’m Back !

“I’m Back™”works with a great number of models and it has a Z X Y regulation which allows to adjust the F stop (24X36mm) which is placed behind the shutter.

XYZ axis to adjust the exposure hole
XYZ axis to adjust the exposure hole

XYZ axis to adjust the exposure hole “I’m back”works with a great number of models and it has a Z X Y regulation which allows to adjust the F stop (24X36mm) which is placed behind the shutter.

Simple vertical alignment, horizontal and depth.
Simple vertical alignment, horizontal and depth.

 

Adaptable to a large number of cameras
Adaptable to a large number of cameras

 

TFT display 2.4"
TFT display 2.4"

 

The camera is linked to the device through a Flah Sync cable. To take a picture after adjusting the camera, all you need is to turn it on and choose one of the three picture options from the menu. Normal color, dim light color and black and white. The software is not fully developed yet as I need more time to have it fully developed by a Python programmer.

As regards the exposure, since the necessary amount of light is measured by the camera module, the camera must be set to B (Bulb) speed. After focusing the object, the shutter button must be pressed for 2 to 4 seconds according to the light. I am considering solving this problem and make the camera capable to auto adjust the exposure time, but now that’s the way it works.

The file is saved in the USB flash unit which allows transferring the photos to a PC or even to a cloud server.

I need your input to make the next step, which is to large-scale production, but first I need to redesign for plastic injection, verify and improve the prototype software and photo.

PS.: The design and components mentioned above may be subject to changes and improvements to product delivery. Due to the Raspberry Pi availability issues, and in order to respect delivery times, if necessary, I will use a different open source hardware with similar characteristics.

Photo Gallery

More photos go to website: www.imback.eu

 

Nikon F red dor - 1965 - nikkor 50mm - I'm Back™
Nikon F red dor - 1965 - nikkor 50mm - I'm Back™

 

I'm Back and Nikon F2 - 50mm f1.2
I'm Back and Nikon F2 - 50mm f1.2

 

I'm Back and Nikon F2 - 50mm f1.2
I'm Back and Nikon F2 - 50mm f1.2

 

Nikon F2 + I'm Back
Nikon F2 + I'm Back

 

 

Photo by Nikon F red dot - 1965 + I'm Back
Photo by Nikon F red dot - 1965 + I'm Back

 

I'm Back and Nikon F2 - 50mm f1.2
I'm Back and Nikon F2 - 50mm f1.2

 

Photo by Nikon F2 + I'm Back
Photo by Nikon F2 + I'm Back

 

Photo by Nikon F2 + I'm Back
Photo by Nikon F2 + I'm Back

 

Nikon S - Rangefinder + I'm Back - In the rangefinder, the edges are more marked by the opening of the diaphragm. I'm working to resolve.
Nikon S - Rangefinder + I'm Back - In the rangefinder, the edges are more marked by the opening of the diaphragm. I'm working to resolve.

                            

Very important:

The photos taken by I’m Back presented here were treated with Picasa, because, as already happens with modern digital devices, tiny hair or dust can disturb the images. It is very important, before you take pictures, to make sure that the surface of the focusing glass which will record the image is clean. But bear in mind that you should always treat these photos as taken with a film camera and not with the latest generation of digital cameras! ;-) in order for you to have an idea of how the photos come out, I have inserted a photo still untreated.

Look - the wrong picture:

Photo with the dirty surface (Click and download the large size image)
Photo with the dirty surface (Click and download the large size image)

 

 image OK

Photo with the clean surface (Click and download the large size image)
Photo with the clean surface (Click and download the large size image)

* Raspberry Pi, Adafruit and Sony Trade Marks.

 

Risks and challenges

My main preoccupation is the number of motherboards I have to buy from Adafruit as these are, as many of you already now, of a very good quality, but they are not always available. Therefore, as a precaution, if this should be the case, I will have to redesign it and opt for an Open Source card from another supplier. If the project is successful, I may even design my own board which will make much easer to deliver the product without delays.

As well as the motherboard, also the delivery of the pieces to be assembled depend on the suppliers. However, since the components are simple, I don't think I will have problems in delivering them on time, as I can always choose a different supplier.

If, as it always happens, it is a "great success" and I will have to produce on an industrial scale, I will adopt a plastic injection system and I will hire a team of experts to assemble them. I am used to last minute solutions in my job, but I must admit this is the first time I am proposing a product that I have designed myself and I will be responsible for the deliveries. (I hope)

In any case I will always be here to answer your questions and to assist during the production and the delivery of your "I'm back".

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