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Old Apr 4, 2011, 1:44 PM   #1
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Perhaps I've been living under a rock, but a friend just called this to my attention. This would mean I could use my old, perfectly functional, 100% manual Minolta SRT-200 from 1975:

http://www.re35.net/

EDIT: I think 1001noisycameras.com is listing this as an April Fool's joke. If so, then my bad.

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Old Apr 4, 2011, 3:03 PM   #2
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Pretty elaborate joke, though. If you follow the contact link, it takes you to the home of a German design firm. Further exploration comes up with :http://www.roggeundpott.de/projekte_...ekte_de/re-35/

If this could be done at a reasonable price, I would love to see it.

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Old Apr 4, 2011, 4:23 PM   #3
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hah, that would be awesome
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Old Apr 4, 2011, 5:35 PM   #4
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I think, from the product images, that I can see every surface of the RE-35.
  • Where's the battery?
  • How does the camera tell the RE-35 that you've taken a photo?
  • Why would a digital image sensor have to roll up entirely inside a "35mm film canister"?
  • How could you tell how many photos it contains, and how much free space it has left?
  • Whose RAW image format does it use?
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It apparently houses a rechargeable battery and flash memory. Recharges from a plug in the center. Opposite end has USB. Pix counter may operate from the film indexer. Or it may only take one image at a time, then you rewind and upload. Can only guess at this point. I could probably figure out a way to make it operate from the indexer and use the multiple exposure button to reset.

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The film winder is on the other side of the camera, along with the shutter button. And I'm guessing that even 4GB of flash memory can store more than 36 exposures (the highest any film counter goes.)
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Since the sensor rolls up, (boy, that sounds strange) it has to index, probably on the sprockets, so there are possibilities there for counting sprockets, or something similar.
re: earlier post - the USB port may be for recharging as well.
As I said, I'm only guessing at all of this. Given a flexible sensor, there are a number of possibilities.
Something to watch, anyway.

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It's probably not real, but it would be very cool.

For RAW format they could just use DNG, like everyone should be!
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Ok. First, this isn't real.

Second, there's no reason for the sensor to be flexible or to roll up inside the "film canister". It could be rigid and extend over the film pressure plate, and operate just as well as a flexible sensor. And, in fact, only a rigid sensor could use the the film take-up sprocket to cound frames. A flexible sensor would need a leader to be engaged in the film take-up sprocket to pull the image sensor out of the "film canister". (There's no leader visible in any of the product images, btw.)

Third, it never mattered exactly how far the film strip was pulled out of the canister, because all portions of the film strip are equaliy light sensitive. The image sensor on this device must be positioned precisely over the shutter opening, so the leader that pulls it out of the canister must disengage from the film take-up sprocket at precisely the right location. That's not the kind of precision the film take-up sprocket was designed to support, and it's not likely to be able to do so, as this device would require.

And, fourth, and lastly, it's not real.
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I'm inclined to think this is the ultimate vaporware in digital photography. The idea's been around for at least 15 yrs. and no independent reviewer has ever even touched a functional prototype.

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