Yashica’s ‘digiFilm’ Y35 cam­era

Amateur Photographer - - 7days -

AF­TER weeks of spec­u­la­tion, Yashica has un­veiled plans to re­turn to the cam­era mar­ket af­ter a 10-year ab­sence – but with some­thing com­pletely un­ex­pected.

The Yashica Y35 is what the com­pany calls a ‘digiFilm’ cam­era that shoots dig­i­tal pho­tos but takes rolls of film in order to do so. De­signed to em­u­late the orig­i­nal Yashica Elec­tro 35, the Y35 has a 1/3.2-inch CMOS sen­sor ca­pa­ble of record­ing 14-mil­lion-pixel pho­tos. It has a 35mm f/2.8 fixed- glass lens.

The cam­era uses one of the new digiFilms – a fake film roll pre­loaded with a com­bi­na­tion of set­tings such as ISO and as­pect ra­tio. If you want to change the set­tings, you swap the film rolls around. You have to wind the film be­fore you can shoot, and use an ad­vance­ment lever be­tween shots. In keep­ing with the ana­logue il­lu­sion the Y35 has no screen on the back.

Four dif­fer­ent digiFilm rolls will be avail­able at launch: ISO 1600 High Speed, ISO 400 Black & White, ISO 200 Ul­tra Fine (colour) and 120 For­mat (6x6 and ISO 200), the lat­ter de­scribed as be­ing ‘ fit for In­sta­gram’.

The Y35 is be­ing launched through Kick­starter, and at the time of writ­ing had sur­passed its HK$800,000 (£77,000) tar­get al­most ten-fold to stand at over HK$7.5 mil­lion (£722,000). You must pledge of at least HK$1,108 (£107) for a cam­era. For more, see www.yashica.com.

The Y35 uses digiFilm – a fake film roll with pre­loaded set­tings

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