24 Aug Production issues, lack of funds have brought the Reflex SLR project to a halt
Source: DP Review
The Reflex modular 35mm SLR system was announced way back in 2017. It was the first newly-designed manual 35mm SLR system to be announced in more than 25 years. The modular camera promised personalization and customization through its ability to use different film backs and lens mounts. However, per PetaPixel, the Reflex SLR project is experiencing major issues in developing a prototype.
The project raised more than £131,000 on Kickstarter in 2017. Since then, issues developing a prototype have resulted in the Reflex team burning through the money it raised from backers, with no prototype to show for it. During the Kickstarter campaign, a pledge of £350 (over $450 at the time) would get one of the first Reflex cameras, which were expected to deliver by August 2018.
Kosmo Foto reports that the Reflex SLR project is now officially on hold. The Reflex SLR’s founder, Laurence Von Thomas, held a public meeting on Zoom last week. During the meeting, he stated that the camera was about 80% complete, but it can’t be completed without additional funds. The meeting was called by backers demanding an update on the project.
In the meeting, Thomas revealed that development had stalled last November, although some work had continued. He moved to Shenzen in China to oversee development back in 2018, although it’s been challenging to find a suitable shutter unit. He had hoped to use a Sony shutter unit, but the camera it was used in was discontinued,
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