Film Cameras Become Digital Cameras!

On April Fools Day we fell for a good one here at PWD.


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Personally, I thought this was a fantastic idea.  Film canisters that contain digital sensors and can be used in old 35mm film cameras!?  So fun.

I love to shoot with my Nikkormat FTN 35mm film camera.  It’s not the greatest camera ever made, but I love the simplicity of it, how it makes me take my time when I’m shooting.  The only thing I don’t like about shooting film, though, is that I have to wait until I shoot 24 or 36 pictures before I can see even one of them, and it usually takes me a long time to get through a roll of film.  If there were such a thing as this 35mm film digital sensor cartridge, I could just take a couple of photos and download them right away like I do with my digital camera.

The only big challenges I can imagine with this kind of product are keeping the sensor clean and finding a way to produce film quality images from a digital sensor.  Perhaps the latter isn’t a problem for most people, but I love the way film looks and it’s extremely difficult to reproduce film quality in digital format.  Who knows, maybe the dust that would inevitably get on the sensor would help produce film quality images.  Not likely, I know….

I know this isn’t a real product yet, but I do hope this product gets made someday.  I think it would be really fun and a great way for us all to get more use out of our old film cameras.  I’m crossing my fingers, but not holding my breath.

Josh Lamkin, PWD Editor