Sunday, August 15, 2010
Digital and Film.... not Digital vs. Film
This photo is a quick mock-up for a discussion on a camera forum I frequent. We enjoy our old film cameras, and some thought it would be nice to have a removable digital back for these old cameras for some times when digital would be a proper medium to shoot. Not a bad idea. Some of these old film cameras cost $1000 or more, easily, and they are wonderful hand built German cameras. Yes, we're talking about the Leica. The "M" series to be exact. No need for pictures of it here, you have Google to answer all those questions.
So, in the talks of making a removable digital back, I did a quick mock-up to illustrate my idea for having all the components mounted on a baseplate that would be installed into the camera as one unit. Simple and easy, no need to get too high tech with it. The camera still controls all the functions of aperture and film speed, while the ISO of the "film" is selectable on the digi assembly when you put it into the camera. No connections to the camera are needed so you don't have to modify your old body at all. Quite nice I think. Digital and Film, anytime you want. You can even throw the digi assembly into it's nice little metal carry pouch (included with the assembly upon purchase) and throw it in your camera bag to take with you and have both any time. Simple.