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Old 02-20-2018   #1
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New film cameras?

Besides the Nikon F6, which I think is still being manufactured new, and the Leica M7 and MP and MA(?), what other film cameras are being made new today?

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Old 02-21-2018   #2
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You seem to be limiting yourself to 35 mm film. There are some fine 120 film cameras in production, e.g the Fujifilm folders, the Holga (a fine mess).
Anyway, for 35 mm film handling the Nikon F6 is a pleasant surprise every time I use it. Reads DX to set ISO which can be overridden. Advances the film to the first frame in the blink of an eye. I set the film transport to „Continuous Silent“ which is really subdued. Rewinds the film into the cassette or leaves the leader out, again configurable. Data imprint on the leader and between frames is very useful.
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Old 02-21-2018   #3
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Both fuji/bessa folders were a one-time production. Or, at least, they are not being produced anymore.

Hasselblad h6x is a new camera that takes film backs as well as digital backs, so that counts.
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Old 02-21-2018   #4
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Lomo still makes a few fun models that everyone overlooks: The LC-Wide, LC-A+ (new version of the Russian model), LCA-120 (6x6 with a wide 38mm lens), reloadable-disposables and the Sprocket Rocket. Likewise there are still Diana's / other toy cameras I haven't mentioned here like the Lubitels / Blackbird TLRs.

But yeah, in terms of professional quality 35mm stuff, that's pretty much only the F6 and Leica M's left, seeing as Cosina / Voigtlander / Zeiss stopped all production on film bessas / Zeiss Ikons, and Nikon FM10s.

In the instant / pinhole / LF world there are mostly kickstarters and Fujifilm Instax derivatives of course (MINT and Intrepid for example).
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Old 02-21-2018   #5
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Voigtlander Bessa R-series.
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Old 02-21-2018   #6
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Voigtlander Bessa R-series.

Unfornutaly, no. They were discontinued in 2015 Source
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Available in stock new, today. Some are not made, still available, some are special order.
https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/brows...2/N/4288586278

And it is not just 120 films cameras.
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I bought a new Bessa R4M from B&H in January 2018.
(Of course, they’re no longer being made. )
The price was discounted to $799US at the time.
It’s now back up to $999.
I bought new because they are seldom seen on eBay without lens and the new price at $799 was close enough to the historical used price to make it worth the difference.



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Hopefully my all new REFLEX will be delivered in August...
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects...ra/description
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Old 02-22-2018   #10
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My new VDS arrived this monday:



I think Shen-hao, Ebony, Chamonix and Wista still produce cameras as well. Then you have a huge amount of new cameras being made through Kickstarter, like the above mentioned Reflex, and the hugely sucessful Intrepid.
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I am waiting on my new Mercury "Universal" Camera to arrive. It was originally designed to be in Medium format but now in large format also. You purchase it as a group of lensboards, focusing mounts, backs spacers etc to assemble the camera you want.

Also a back for the Fuji Instax film is available.

Most of the parts are open sourced 3D & printed to order.

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I bought a new Bessa R4M from B&H in January 2018.
(Of course, they’re no longer being made. )
It'll be interesting to see how long some of this old-stock stuff stays around. Cameraquest has some Bessa models too I believe.

Same situation with the Fuji folders... Its out of production, but B&H keeps "finding" small quantities of unsold cameras to put back on sale. Tempting, but the price goes up each time.

One shop I know of still had at least one new Nikon FM10 on the shelf, but I think they finally sold it. But there might be others out there. Makes one wonder about the F6... I assume they make them in small batches as-needed? You could buy a new one today but no telling when it was made.
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My new VDS arrived this monday:



I think Shen-hao, Ebony, Chamonix and Wista still produce cameras as well. Then you have a huge amount of new cameras being made through Kickstarter, like the above mentioned Reflex, and the hugely sucessful Intrepid.
Don't forget the Intrepid.
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What about pinhole cameras?

I bought one from Freestyle that uses 120 film. This is the camera:

https://www.freestylephoto.biz/1466-...Pinhole-Camera
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Lots of view cameras if we are going there. Canham, Lotus, Toyo, Sinai. Not sure about Horseman or Linhof.

Alpa is making several bodies that take film backs.

The Zero pinholes.
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I didn't think the F6 was still being made. In fact I thought I'd heard from this forum that production had ceased.
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The still F6 features on the Nikon website: http://imaging.nikon.com/lineup/filmcamera/slr/f6/
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Legend says something like 2 people still on the line cranking out F6 cameras. Pretty amazing if true.

Plenty of good F and F2 blocks out there...no need for anything new. : ) ~
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Old 02-27-2018   #19
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Besides the Nikon F6, which I think is still being manufactured new, and the Leica M7 and MP and MA(?), what other film cameras are being made new today?

Thanks to all who reply.

With best regards.

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1. 35mm film:
- Nikon F6
- Leica M7
- Leica MP
- Leica M-A
- countless cameras from Lomography; just go to their internet page and have a look

2. 120 format film:
- Hasselblad H6X with film back
- DW Photo / Rolleiflex Hy6 Mod.2 https://www.dw-photo.eu/
- Alpa
- Horseman SW612D http://www.kenko-pi.co.jp/horseman/e/SW612D/index.html
- several cameras from Lomography

3. Large Format:
- Linhof
- Chamonix
- Walker
- Arca Swiss
- Intrepid
- Chroma
- Stenopaika
- Wista
- Shen Hao
- Sinar
- Toyo
- Canham
- another Polish and another Hungarian manufacturer I have forgotten their names......

4. Instant:
- countless Fujifilm Instax cameras
- MINT TL 70
- Polaroid OneStep 2

5. Pinhole cameras:
- Zero
- Nopo
- Ondu
- LeRouge
- Ilford
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Bessas stilla available on B&H site but with shipping restrictions, only to US.
Does anyone know why? It seems me there is no importer to Europe .
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My new VDS arrived this monday:



I think Shen-hao, Ebony, Chamonix and Wista still produce cameras as well. Then you have a huge amount of new cameras being made through Kickstarter, like the above mentioned Reflex, and the hugely sucessful Intrepid.
Sadly, Ebony ceased production in June 2016, due to age of the company’s founder, apparently.
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Richard Ritter will build you a film camera, if you want one that's 8x10 or larger.
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Legend says something like 2 people still on the line cranking out F6 cameras. Pretty amazing if true.
I wonder if the same is true of the M7. Hard to imagine they sell too many in a given year. I suspect both cameras (F6 and M7) are made in small batches as needed.
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Just bought a new 3d printed 4x5 camera w/ helical focus built for a 75mm lens. So far, so good.... Except for an attachment that holds the hand strap. It ripped in half like thin paper.

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There are a couple of Kickstarter projects regarding 135 SLRs.
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There are a couple of Kickstarter projects regarding 135 SLRs.
Only one has been successful:
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects...t_rewards_page


But for medium format, there is also ARAX:
http://araxfoto.com/cameras/
Friends of mine are using them and are very satiesfied. ARAX has also a very good service.

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But for medium format, there is also ARAX:
http://araxfoto.com/cameras/
Friends of mine are using them and are very satiesfied. ARAX has also a very good service.

Cheers, Jan
Thank you, never heard of these cameras, they look very interesting and if flawless in operation as they claim, they might appeal to those wanting to upgrade from their Ukrainian ancestors or even from a worn-out Japanese camera, like my C330. To my eyes, there was always something a little special about the Pentacon Six camera!
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Nikon is still churning out FM10s (built by Cosina)
http://imaging.nikon.com/lineup/filmcamera/slr/fm10/
And there are a bunch of Yashica FX-3s clones out there, in theory, still being manufactured by Phenix
http://binocular.com.hk/index.php?ro...tegory&path=83
The 1060 is a Yashica FX3 super2000 with nikon mount
Other ones have electronic shutters and the 10303 is another yashica clone but with PK mount, others with MD mount.
And they also have a rangefinder Yasuhara clone (10JG50C).
Have to email them some day because their product line is very interesting

Sad to arrive late to SLR kickstarter and even sadder seeing that the Ihagee Elbaflex did not reach the minimum amount required.
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The Arax line are not "new made" cameras, but rebuilds of the old Kiev stock that was left over, with improvements made to the internal workings, and external cosmetics. I remember that years ago there was an outfit here in the US that would tune up new Kievs, only without changing the name. Used to see their ad in the back of Shutterbug.

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According to Wikipedia, Deardorff large-format 4"x5" and larger bellows view cameras 'are still in production today, in small quantities, but built to original Chicago specifications.'

Also still in the business of manufacturing large format (as well as pinhole) cameras: UK based Walker Cameras.
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Sad to arrive late to SLR kickstarter and even sadder seeing that the Ihagee Elbaflex did not reach the minimum amount required.
Best regards
The Reflex kickstarter will become a regular production item, so no loss there.
I bought into it, but now feel I should have waited out in case it doesn't pan out. As if it fails, the money I put in is gone, no?

I'm glad the Ihagee thing did not get funding as it was IMO a scam. They acquired surplus defective Kiev 19 cameras, then removed the meters (the defective part) and claimed that was a new camera. While they were just 'broken' K19s (which is why they were never sold) with a new name plate.
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The Reflex kickstarter will become a regular production item, so no loss there.
I bought into it, but now feel I should have waited out in case it doesn't pan out. As if it fails, the money I put in is gone, no?

I'm glad the Ihagee thing did not get funding as it was IMO a scam. They acquired surplus defective Kiev 19 cameras, then removed the meters (the defective part) and claimed that was a new camera. While they were just 'broken' K19s (which is why they were never sold) with a new name plate.
I'll be watching in order not to miss the Reflex SLR.
What I did not know was the defective 19m acquisition. Thought they had re-engineered something.
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According to Wikipedia, Deardorff large-format 4"x5" and larger bellows view cameras 'are still in production today, in small quantities, but built to original Chicago specifications.'
This is out of date. Barry Cochran purchased the Deardoff business, but his attempt to restart it failed after production of a small number of cameras.

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I'll be watching in order not to miss the Reflex SLR.
According to their website, shipment of some of their accessories was supposed to start in January, although I don't recall specifically what was coming first. Anyone get anything yet?
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Nikon is still churning out FM10s (built by Cosina)
http://imaging.nikon.com/lineup/filmcamera/slr/fm10/

Still in production, or merely enough stock on hand to list in the catalog?

Cosina ended production of their CV Bessa film camera line years ago.
I'd be quite surprised if they were still actually producing more FM10's.

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Still in production, or merely enough stock on hand to list in the catalog?

Cosina ended production of their CV Bessa film camera line years ago.
I'd be quite surprised if they were still actually producing more FM10's.

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I am waiting on my new Mercury "Universal" Camera to arrive. It was originally designed to be in Medium format but now in large format also. You purchase it as a group of lensboards, focusing mounts, backs spacers etc to assemble the camera you want.

Also a back for the Fuji Instax film is available.

Most of the parts are open sourced 3D & printed to order.
This one actually has me interested. What are your thoughts Mr B?

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Aren't there a couple of Minolta X-300 clones, having either Minolta MC/MD or several other lens mounts (e.g. Pentax K, I guess?), still made in China, or am I not up-to-date?
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This one actually has me interested. What are your thoughts Mr B?

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Not him but I have been using a couple of Mercuries since the first round of shipments from KS, and just ordered a new 5x7 camera.

IMO the best "use case" for this camera is as a fixed-lens ultrawide. My preferred setups are a 38mm lens on 6x9, a 47mm lens on 4x5, and my newest camera will be rocking a 72mm lens on 5x7. These are all extreme wide angles.

I shoot landscapes though. You can shoot handheld street images with hyperfocal zone focusing if you want, and set it up for that.

My only complaint is a bit of trouble with flare in some situations with the sun out of frame using a lens with excess coverage - the plastic body exacerbates it. But that's a rare thing. Use a hood and it's fine.

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Not him but I have been using a couple of Mercuries since the first round of shipments from KS, and just ordered a new 5x7 camera.

IMO the best "use case" for this camera is as a fixed-lens ultrawide. My preferred setups are a 38mm lens on 6x9, a 47mm lens on 4x5, and my newest camera will be rocking a 72mm lens on 5x7. These are all extreme wide angles.

I shoot landscapes though. You can shoot handheld street images with hyperfocal zone focusing if you want, and set it up for that.

My only complaint is a bit of trouble with flare in some situations with the sun out of frame using a lens with excess coverage - the plastic body exacerbates it. But that's a rare thing. Use a hood and it's fine.

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Landscape 1

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