Screenshot taken from the video
The world’s love affair with Film is far from over if the return of Kodak’s Ektachrome or the popularity of film emulation presets is not clued enough. But another new project aims to take that to another level, with a camera that featuring interchangeable backs, one capable of shooting film and the other digital.
The PONF Multiback Camera is a new project that has the ambitious goal of allowing it’s users to shoot with standard 35mm film or a Sony full frame or aps-c digital sensor. The project achieves this by having multiple backs that you can attach or detach from the camera. The concept is not new, old medium format film cameras often featured a removable back, which made changing film quicker and easier, as well as allowed for different types of film to be used before a whole roll of film was used.
The PONF project is expected to launch in 2018, but it is unclear how that will happen or in what form. However, the idea itself, of being able to carry around a single camera, and be able to shoot both film and digital is pretty enticing. The camera itself is still in development, so it seems to be an ambitious goal, but it is a noble one in our eyes.
In terms of lenses, it looks like the PONF, in whatever form it takes, will likely utilize an M42 mount. So all of your old vintage M42 mount glass will work on this out of the box (in theory) to that is cool for those who may be already have a nice M42 lens collection.
If you are interested in learning more about the PONF, or following the project’s progress you can keep an eye on them over on their official Facebook page – here. Shout out to Film Traveler for coming across this project.