22 Years Since The Last Manual Film SLR, Reflex Could Change That


Has this been the month of analog photography comebacks or what? So far in September, we have seen Kodak Ektachrome, Polaroid, Yashica, and now – possibly the first all manual analog film SLR announcement in 22 years. Let us introduce you to Reflex.

Reflex is an all manual film SLR which will be hitting Kickstarter towards the end of October (according to their website). Details about the project are scarce right now, but the fact that people could potentially be producing the first manual film SLR in almost a quarter century is really exciting. You can sign up for updates on their website, through which they will probably be notifying you of the Kickstarter launch.

But other than that, details are scarce – however, the company does have an Instagram going at this point and they have been posting film scans taken with their prototypes. This is particularly cool because we can see that the camera appears to be working pretty well. They still have some light leak issues, and they recently resolved some shutter sync issues, but in terms of exposure and sharpness and image quality, the shots look great. Which is really promising!

The Nikon FM10 was the last manual film SLR brought to market, and that was launched about 22 years ago. Think about all of the new technologies that could be added to a second or third generation film camera these days? The potential here is exciting and could breathe some new life into the film photography market as new film photographers pick up this camera and need to purchase lenses and film to use it.

So, stay tuned and we will be updating you as this project unfolds! As well, shout out to Film Traveler for coming across this first, if you are a fan of film and aren’t following them yet you are missing out!

Anthony Thurston

Anthony is a Portland, Oregon based Boudoir Photographer specializing in a dark, moody style that promotes female body positivity, empowerment, and sexuality. Besides The Phoblographer, he also reviews gear and produces his own educational content on his website.