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I'm Back® - A "Multi-System module" which transforms into digital your old 35mm analog camera the 50s until the 90s
I'm Back® - A "Multi-System module" which transforms into digital your old 35mm analog camera the 50s until the 90s
I'm Back® - A "Multi-System module" which transforms into digital your old 35mm analog camera the 50s until the 90s
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Digital or analog? No need to choose, you have both.

The first low-cost digital back for your 35mm camera. For those who always wanted to have a "hybrid" camera working with photographic films or in digital mode. 

After 5 years and dozens of prototypes later, I'm Back® launches its final version, with a leaner design, an elegant bayonet docking system and with dedicated back covers for each of the most important brands ; 

Ready to order:

Nikon F, Nikon F2, Nikon F3, Nikon FA, Nikon EM, Nikon FG, Nikkormat EL,  Nikon FM, Nikon FE, Nikon S2, Canon F1, Canon A1, Canon AE1, Canon FT, Pentax ME super, Pentax spotomatic, Pentax K1000, Praktica b200, Praktica MTL, Contax II, Contax RTS, Contax G2, Olympus OM1, Olympus OM2, Olympus OM4, Olympus OM10, Minolta Dinaxx 7000, Minolta XD series, Yashica JP, Yashica FX3, Leica M, Leica R, Diana F, Diana F mini, Ricoh.

What if your camera is not in the above list? Do not worry! I have also created a universal accessory, which can be adjusted to almost all 35mm cameras. So if you have a Zenit, Alpa or other brand, you also will be able to use I'm Back®.

Turn your analog camera into digital.
Turn your analog camera into digital.

 Take a Foto

Nikon S2 50mm f1.8 (1952) + I'm Back®
Nikon S2 50mm f1.8 (1952) + I'm Back®

Make a Video

Leica M2 Elmar 50mm 2.8 + I'm Back®
Leica M2 Elmar 50mm 2.8 + I'm Back®
Diana F mini + I'm Back®
Diana F mini + I'm Back®
Pentax ME Super 50mm f1.7 + Im Back®
Pentax ME Super 50mm f1.7 + Im Back®
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Video by Pentax ME Super 50mm f 1.7 + I'm Back!

Digital or analog? No need to choose, you have both.
Digital or analog? No need to choose, you have both.
I love photography, be it analogue or digital, and I love the great cameras that, by a sudden change of technology, ended up being archived and forgotten inside a box or drawer. So I couldn't stop thinking how to revive those wonderful vintage 35mm cameras.


"It was during a hot summer night" that I dreamed the I'm Back® device... 

After a few years of hard work and thousands of photos later, it's now possible to take your old camera out of the drawer, shoot pictures and even take videos in a very simple and quick way, with the same vintage flavour. The joy of joys is that I kept costs very low, not using large sensors, but through a system called "image photo over the focusing screen" and therefore the entire 24x36 area is optimised and digitally recorded.

What they are talking about:

"All I can say is “may God bless you”. I have been waiting 20 years for this product. I want one-where can I buy this wonderful piece of technology?I was a professional photographer in the 1970s. I have a wonderful (and very expensive) Canon F-1 system that I used for many years producing some beautiful shots. When the digital cameras came out, I tried a few and was frustrated and disappointed with the results (I was no longer a professional at that time). Now, with your brilliant I’m Back, I will be back working with my Canon F-1 and taking wonderful photos again! Thank you."

Tampa Florida USA - www.imback.eu - March 12, 2018

"Ciao ho una Nikon f3, il vostro progetto mi entusiasma..." G.L. - www.imback.eu - October 24, 2017

"I am glad someone like you have such a great idea. I have a couple of old Camera pass on from my dad, I would love to able to reuse them or give that back to him with your devices, he would be so happy."A.A. Kickstarter member - October 24, 2017

"Hope you make it. Looks like the old Forsher Polaroid back for 35mm testing in the old days . Fabulous ."J.M. From my iPhone - October 22, 2017

"Hi, Congratulation for jour product. You are make my dream."S.F. - www.imback.eu - August 02, 2017

"Just saw your video clip - amazing! I have 35mm SLRs and lenses collections which are sitting in storage for several years..." Y.W. - www.imback.eu - June 30, 2017

"oh wow! magnific idea. Does it work for Nikon F100 Hope yes, please answer soon to support asap kickstarter campaign" R.D. - Enquirer - www.imback.eu - March 17, 2017

Who are talking about us...

 
 

The design of this product is called "Depth-of-field" (DoF) adapter. In normal digital cameras, the image from the lens is directly projected onto the sensor. So the smaller the size of the sensor, the more the image is cropped which we call crop factor. In this DoF adapter "digital back", the image is projected onto the focusing screen.  And then we use a digital camera to take a photo of this focusing screen. There is no crop factor. 

I'm Back® offers a 16mp Panasonic sensor that provides pictures and movies of 20, 16, 12, 8, 4, 2 mega pixels at your choice! Thanks to the focusing screen it will always maintain the nice vintage flavor of your 35mm camera. A smart 2" touch screen display is included, making the device very user-friendly. Photos and videos can be transmitted through the WiFi and can be saved in your smartphone. You can also use the display of your smartphone, to have a bigger screen and to control the camera through it. 

The PCB and the sensors may differ from the one showed at the pictures above, nevertheless the resolution and quality will be necessarily equal or higher.
The PCB and the sensors may differ from the one showed at the pictures above, nevertheless the resolution and quality will be necessarily equal or higher.

The result, as you can see in the photos published here, is something very special: although it is digital, it keeps the genuine flavor of your vintage camera. I'm Back® is unique in its kind; an extremely affordable solution to use your fantastic analogue photo-camera in a digital way. 

Try it! And, whenever you want, you can pull-off the back, put a roll of photographic films of your choice and shoot analogue photos like in the 1950s! I'm Back® joins the best of both worlds, analog and digital!

"Mia" my wife's cat. Nikon Fe 50mm 1.2 + I'm Back®
"Mia" my wife's cat. Nikon Fe 50mm 1.2 + I'm Back®

I listened to all the comments and suggestions of the main photography forums on earth, and thanks to them I realised a new design resulting in a leaner, better and more functional device. I improved it with a small display and therefore the use of a smartphone is not necessary.  

With a periscope system (two 45-degree mirrors), the posterior projection near the viewfinder decreases.
With a periscope system (two 45-degree mirrors), the posterior projection near the viewfinder decreases.
2 "touch screen display can be used as Live View
2 "touch screen display can be used as Live View
Three buttons for; Turn on and off, access the menu, take photos or videos and connect the Wirelles
Three buttons for; Turn on and off, access the menu, take photos or videos and connect the Wirelles
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ISO AUTO or MANUAL - 100 to 1600, EV Control, Foto resolution, 6, 8, 12, 20mp,  Withe balance,  Anti-Shaking,  HDR Scene, Video resolution and Language. 

New and simple system to fit and lock the camera through two lateral clamps
New and simple system to fit and lock the camera through two lateral clamps
Bayonet system. Easier way to attach the camera to the I'm Back
Bayonet system. Easier way to attach the camera to the I'm Back
Dedicated covers are created for better ergonomics, dust protection and eventual light input. Just one I'm Back and you can fit the camera you want!
Dedicated covers are created for better ergonomics, dust protection and eventual light input. Just one I'm Back and you can fit the camera you want!

No more dark edges. Now you can use smaller diaphragm openings that, thanks to the software, will lead your photos without dark edges. 

I'm Back was intended for... 

for those who want to have fun and are tired to discuss about high resolutions and megapixels!!! Yes, because the magic about taking a photo is to study it, to click and why not, to make "mistakes", take it again and conceive a unique photo by analysing carefully the shape and not just caring about technology, as we used to do when we had only 36 poses clicking only when we were convinced to be ready.  I'm Back®. For those who love art.

May not be suitable for professional photographers who wish to maximise the number of pixels in an image ;-)

 *Available models: Nikon F, Nikon F2, Nikon FM, Nikon FE, Nikon S2, Canon F1, Canon A1, Canon AE1, Pentax ME super, Pentax spotomatic, Pentax K1000, Praktica b200, Praktica MTL, Contax II, Contax RTS , Contax G2, Olympus OM1, Olympus OM2, Minolta Dinaxx 7000, Olympus OM10, Yashica JP, Yashica FX3, Leica M, Leica R, Diana F, Diana F mini. 

Camera not included.

Attention: New covers available for the models: Nikon F3, Nikon FA, Nikon EM, Nikon FG, Nikkormat EL, Canon FT, Minolta XD series

*Available models: Nikon F, Nikon F2, Nikon FM, Nikon FE, Nikon S2, Canon F1, Canon A1, Canon AE1, Pentax ME super, Pentax spotomatic, Pentax K1000, Praktica b200, Praktica MTL, Contax II, Contax RTS , Contax G2, Olympus OM1, Olympus OM2, Minolta Dinaxx 7000, Olympus OM10, Yashica JP, Yashica FX3, Leica M, Leica R, Diana F, Diana F mini.

Attention: New covers available for the models: Nikon F3, Nikon FA, Nikon EM, Nikon FG, Nikkormat EL, Canon FT, Minolta XD series

For more dedicated backs:

I'm Back® pro
+ 2 dedicated covers = Pledge € 273 or more
+ 3 dedicated covers = Pledge € 297 or more
+ 4 dedicated covers = Pledge € 321 or more
+ 5 dedicated covers = Pledge € 340 or more
+ 8 dedicated covers = Pledge € 405 or more

Have you a Leica M series? Pledge a I'm Back® + dedicated case kit
Have you a Leica M series? Pledge a I'm Back® + dedicated case kit
Have you a Canon AE-1 Program? Pledge a I'm Back® + dedicated case kit
Have you a Canon AE-1 Program? Pledge a I'm Back® + dedicated case kit
ATTENTION: Electronic parts not included, but only 3d stl files for printer. Required basic knowledge of electronics and programming (arduino, raspberry pi etc)
ATTENTION: Electronic parts not included, but only 3d stl files for printer. Required basic knowledge of electronics and programming (arduino, raspberry pi etc)
Pentax ME super 50mm f1.7 + I'm Back®
Pentax ME super 50mm f1.7 + I'm Back®
Pentax ME super 50mm f1.7 + I'm Back®
Pentax ME super 50mm f1.7 + I'm Back®
Pentax ME super 50mm f1.7 + I'm Back®
Pentax ME super 50mm f1.7 + I'm Back®
Pentax ME super 50mm f1.7 + I'm Back®
Pentax ME super 50mm f1.7 + I'm Back®
Pentax ME super 50mm f1.7 + I'm Back®
Pentax ME super 50mm f1.7 + I'm Back®
Nikon FE 50mm 1.2 + I'm Back®
Nikon FE 50mm 1.2 + I'm Back®
Nikon FE 50mm 1.2 + I'm Back®
Nikon FE 50mm 1.2 + I'm Back®
Nikon S2 50mm f 1.8 (1952) + I'm Back®
Nikon S2 50mm f 1.8 (1952) + I'm Back®
Leica M2 Elmar 50mm 2.8 + I'm Back®
Leica M2 Elmar 50mm 2.8 + I'm Back®
Leica M2 Elmar 50mm 2.8 + I'm Back®
Leica M2 Elmar 50mm 2.8 + I'm Back®
Pentax ME Super 50mm 1.7 + I'm Back®
Pentax ME Super 50mm 1.7 + I'm Back®
Leica M2 Elmar 50mm 2.8 + I'm Back®
Leica M2 Elmar 50mm 2.8 + I'm Back®
Leica M2 Elmar 50mm 2.8 + I'm Back®
Leica M2 Elmar 50mm 2.8 + I'm Back®
Nikon Fe 50mm 1.2 + Im Back®
Nikon Fe 50mm 1.2 + Im Back®
Nikon Fe 50mm 1.2 + Im Back®
Nikon Fe 50mm 1.2 + Im Back®
Diana F mini + I'm Back®
Diana F mini + I'm Back®
Diana F mini + I'm Back®
Diana F mini + I'm Back®
Leica M2  Emar 50mm f 2.8 + I'm Back®
Leica M2 Emar 50mm f 2.8 + I'm Back®
Nikon FE 50m f1.2 + I'm Back®
Nikon FE 50m f1.2 + I'm Back®
Nikon FE 50mm F 1.2
Nikon FE 50mm F 1.2
Nikon FE 50mm f 1.2 + I'm Back®
Nikon FE 50mm f 1.2 + I'm Back®
Nikon FE 50mm 1.2
Nikon FE 50mm 1.2
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Video of the previous campaign made entirely with I'm Back® + Nikon F 50mm f1.2

Copies on photo paper? Perfect!

For more images:

Instagram

www.imback.eu


What I’m Back is not: 

It is not a substitution to film rolls. It is not invasive since all it takes is to take off the back cover of the camera therefore you can always go back to take analog pictures. It is not a competitor against other digital cameras. The main objective of I’m Back s to urge the return of the old and perfectly functioning analog cameras with the possibility to see in real time the result of the pictures you take (as other digital cameras do).

 
 

CREDITS:

* Project progress icons - designed by Flaticon Vectors Market

* Nikon F, Nikon F2, Nikon FM, Nikon FE, Nikon S2, Canon F1, Canon AES, Pentax ME super, Pentax spotomatic, Pentax K1000, Praktica b200, Praktica MTL, Contax II, Contax RTS, Contax G2, Olympus OM1, Olympus OM2, Minolta Dinaxx 7000, Olympus OM10, Yashica JP, Yashica FX3, Leica M, Leica R, Diana F, Diana F, Raspberry Pi are a trademarks.

 

Risks and challenges

Delivery times may differ significantly due to the production lead times, nevertheless, like I did in my past campaigns, I'm improving the entire supply chain process which is much leaner now. The PCB and the sensors may differ from the one showed at the pictures above, nevertheless the resolution and quality will be necessarily equal or higher.

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    Thank you for your support!

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    10 pictures taken with I'm Back

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    STL files for 3d printing*

    *Exclusive model and design for raspberry pi B. See the pictures.
    1 file STL for the printing and assembly* (*based on raspberry pi 3)
    1 a PDF file containing the user manual for the assembling and the coding of your camera module
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    One I'm Back® kit including:
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    Dedicated back cover kit to fit the I'm Back® device with your camera model, including:
    1 unit in plastic available models: Nikon F, Nikon F2, Nikon FM, Nikon FE, Nikon S2, Canon F1, Canon A1, Canon AE1 program, Pentax ME super, Pentax spotomatic, Pentax K1000, Praktica b200, Praktica MTL, Contax II, Contax RTS, Contax G2, Olympus OM1, Olympus OM2, Minolta Dinaxx 7000, Olympus OM10, Yashica JP, Yashica FX3, Leica M, Leica R, Diana F, Diana F mini.

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    1 Dedicated back cover kit to fit the I'm Back® device with your camera model.

    Available models: Nikon F, Nikon F2, Nikon FM, Nikon FE, Nikon S2, Canon F1, Canon A1, Canon AE1 program, Pentax ME super, Pentax spotomatic, Pentax K1000, Praktica b200, Praktica MTL, Contax II, Contax RTS, Contax G2, Olympus OM1, Olympus OM2, Minolta Dinaxx 7000, Olympus OM10, Yashica JP, Yashica FX3, Leica M, Leica R, Diana F, Diana F mini.

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    2 Dedicated backs covers to fit the I'm Back® device with your cameras models.

    *Available models: Nikon F, Nikon F2, Nikon FM, Nikon FE, Nikon S2, Canon F1, Canon A1, Canon AE1 program, Pentax ME super, Pentax spotomatic, Pentax K1000, Praktica b200, Praktica MTL, Contax II, Contax RTS, Contax G2, Olympus OM1, Olympus OM2, Minolta Dinaxx 7000, Olympus OM10, Yashica JP, Yashica FX3, Leica M, Leica R, Diana F, Diana F mini.

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    I'm Back® + 3 dedicated covers

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    1 Battery
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    3 Dedicated backs covers to fit the I'm Back® device with your cameras models.

    *Available models: Nikon F, Nikon F2, Nikon FM, Nikon FE, Nikon S2, Canon F1, Canon A1, Canon AE1 program, Pentax ME super, Pentax spotomatic, Pentax K1000, Praktica b200, Praktica MTL, Contax II, Contax RTS, Contax G2, Olympus OM1, Olympus OM2, Minolta Dinaxx 7000, Olympus OM10, Yashica JP, Yashica FX3, Leica M, Leica R, Diana F, Diana F mini.

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    I'm Back® + 4 dedicated covers

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    4 Dedicated backs covers to fit the I'm Back® device with your cameras models.

    *Available models: Nikon F, Nikon F2, Nikon FM, Nikon FE, Nikon S2, Canon F1, Canon A1, Canon AE1 program, Pentax ME super, Pentax spotomatic, Pentax K1000, Praktica b200, Praktica MTL, Contax II, Contax RTS, Contax G2, Olympus OM1, Olympus OM2, Minolta Dinaxx 7000, Olympus OM10, Yashica JP, Yashica FX3, Leica M, Leica R, Diana F, Diana F mini.

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    I'm Back® + 5 dedicated covers

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    *Available models: Nikon F, Nikon F2, Nikon FM, Nikon FE, Nikon S2, Canon F1, Canon A1, Canon AE1 program, Pentax ME super, Pentax spotomatic, Pentax K1000, Praktica b200, Praktica MTL, Contax II, Contax RTS, Contax G2, Olympus OM1, Olympus OM2, Minolta Dinaxx 7000, Olympus OM10, Yashica JP, Yashica FX3, Leica M, Leica R, Diana F, Diana F mini.

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    *Available models: Nikon F, Nikon F2, Nikon FM, Nikon FE, Nikon S2, Canon F1, Canon A1, Canon AE1 program, Pentax ME super, Pentax spotomatic, Pentax K1000, Praktica b200, Praktica MTL, Contax II, Contax RTS, Contax G2, Olympus OM1, Olympus OM2, Minolta Dinaxx 7000, Olympus OM10, Yashica JP, Yashica FX3, Leica M, Leica R, Diana F, Diana F mini.

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    2 I'm Back® kits + 2 dedicated covers

    Two I'm Back kits including:
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    2 Dedicated back covers kit to fit the I'm Back® device with your camera model.

    Available models: Nikon F, Nikon F2, Nikon F3, Nikon FM, Nikon FE, Nikon FA, Nikon EM, Nikkormat EL, Nikon S2, Canon F1, Canon FT, Canon A1, Canon AE1 program, Pentax ME super, Pentax spotomatic, Pentax K1000, Praktica b200, Praktica MTL, Contax II, Contax RTS, Contax G2, Olympus OM1, Olympus OM2, Minolta Dinaxx 7000, Olympus OM10, Yashica JP, Yashica FX3, Leica M, Leica R, Diana F, Diana F mini.

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