A little while back, we reported on the NuBox 1–the world’s first interchangeable lens box camera that is an ode to the old Kodak Brownie cameras and many others. Today, the NuBox 1’s creator Robert Hamm is officially announcing the Kickstarter project that he’s been planning to do and working on for a really long time.
The NuBox 1 features a shutter speed of 1/200th and a lens with an aperture of f5.6 to f32. You may think that that is slow, but it’s for 120 film. They’re designed to be pretty affordable; so if yours breaks then you can easily replace it. Best of all, it’s already been made. So this project is more or less to get more materials and sort of a pre-order type of thing. This is easy to due because of 3D printing.
Other concepts are being worked on too, for example they want to make one that takes Instax film and another that uses 35mm films.
Here’s a quote from Robert from our interview earlier on.
I’m excited to share the simplicity of the Nu-Box 1 with you and your readers, Chris. I think the biggest draw of this camera is its simplicity. There is no focusing wheel. At the most common aperture for everyday photography, f22, everything about 7 feet to infinity is in focus. Framing a shot is as simple as looking through a ground glass viewfinder. What you see is what you get. There are framing indicators on the ground glass, but these will be used for the additional lens-cartridges when available. The shutter is a single action, single throw switch rated at 1/200th of a second. Just push the lever down to take a picture.
The film is loaded onto the cartridge on two spools. One spool is the supply spool. This spool contains all the film. You place it in the cartridge by snapping it into place and then pull the film onto an empty spool. The film is designed for this process, so it has a paper backing to protect the film and enough lead film to properly load the camera. Once the film is on the take up spool, you then click it into place. From this point you push the loaded cartridge into the main body, attach the winding knobs through the main body into the film spools housed in the cartridge, and wind the take up spool until you see the number 1 in a small window on the backplate of the camera. That’s it. There are several steps to the process, but it is not difficult by any means to load and use the camera. Once loaded, push the shutter lever, and wind the film to the next number. Simple as that.
Be sure to check out the NuBox 1 on Kickstarter.