Friday, April 12, 2013

How About A Modern 4x5 Film Camera For Travel? Kickstarter Campaign for the Wanderlust Travelwide 4x5.

The Wanderlust Travelwide 4X5 Camera,
I have participated in a Kickstarter campaign in the past, to help one of my favorite bands fund an album. Here's another cool campaign, this time by Wanderlust Cameras. They are trying to fund manufacturing of two different 4X5 film cameras, designed for easy use and lightweight travel. The Travelwide 90 includes a helical focus mechanism, and is designed to use a Schneider Angulon 90mm f6.8 lens. The Travelwide 65 is a single focus point design, and uses the Schneider Super Angulon 65mm f8 lens at hyperfocal setting. The lenses are generally not included with the cameras, but they've targeted around $100 price for the bodies.
Finding a good used large format lens is left up to the customer, which I think is a risk for the product. In fact, they offered Kickstarter deals that included used lenses, and those are already all taken. I think they need to pay attention to the fact that many people would prefer to pay a little more for one-stop shopping and buy the camera complete. The 90 also needs some type of rangefinder. Finders are simple metal frames, but I think many people will want to add an optical finder.
In any case, I really like this type of innovation.
(Click Here) to go to the Kickstarter campaign and get your own Travelwide 4x5 camera!
Wanderlust already has a wide pinhole product on the market, designed for Micro 4/3 digital format cameras.
(Click Here) to check out their homepage.