5 Must-Have Film Gear of 2024

The world of photography is buzzing with excitement as 2024 unfolds, bringing with it a lineup of highly anticipated camera releases. From sleek and compact 35mm wonders to powerful SLRs and the nostalgic charm of a Super 8 camera, this year promises something extraordinary for every photo enthusiast. Let’s dive into the details of five noteworthy releases that are set to redefine the art of capturing moments.

1. Mint Compact 35mm Camera

  • Film Format: 35mm
  • Lens: Rollei 35mm, f. 2.8 fixed lens
  • Built-in flash: Yes
  • Focus: Auto-focus
  • Compact Design: Pocket-sized for on-the-go shooting
  • Additional Features: Built-in light meter, multiple exposure capabilities
  • Price: $650-800

The Mint Compact 35mm Camera combines simplicity with sophistication, inspired by the Rollei 35S, making it an ideal companion for street photographers and those who appreciate the art of film. With its pocket-sized design and advanced features, capturing moments becomes an effortless and stylish endeavor. Additional camera specs will be unveiled upon the camera’s release, which is anticipated by summer of 2024.

2. Pentax Compact 35mm Camera

  • Film Format: 35mm
  • Lens: Fixed, non-interchangeable
  • Anticipated Release: Spring 2024

Details on Pentaxs compact 35mm camera remain scarce, however, the company is keen on releasing a camera unlike any of their previous releases. Boasting high-end, advanced specifications for an affordable price, this camera is geared towards those who demand precision and versatility in their photos while on a budget. This year stands to be a productive year for Pentax who is set to release two additional SLRs later in 2024.

3. KODAK Super 8 Camera

  • Film Format: Super 8
  • Lens: Wide-angle 6mm, interchangeable C-mount lens
  • Filming Speed: 18 and 36 FPS
  • Viewfinder: 4″ LCD viewfinder
  • External Microphone Input: Yes
  • Resolution: 16:9 frame

The Kodak Super 8 Camera combines the charm of analog filmmaking with modern features. With variable filming speeds of 24 and 25 fps, plus over and under crank at 18 and 36 FPS, increased visual resolution, compatibility with modern TV and video formats, and an internal SD card reader – it’s a perfect choice for filmmakers who appreciate the timeless allure of Super 8. Pre-order here!

4. Photodom i217

  • Format: 35mm
  • Lens: 31mm fixed lens
  • Viewfinder: Optical viewfinder
  • Built-in flash: Yes
  • Available Colors: Onyx and Steel
  • Price: $74.99

The Photodom i217 tailored for beginners, is a motorized point-and-shoot film camera. As a reusable option, it stands out for its sustainability, offering an eco-friendly alternative to disposable cameras. Capture moments in color or black and white on the fly – its lightweight and compact design ensures easy portability for travel. Priced at just $74.99, it stands as the most budget-friendly option on our list of camera gear for the year.

5. Frankinstax Adapter for Mamiya RB67

  • Film Format: Instant film
  • Film Back Compatibility: Mamiya RB67 mount
  • Price: $499

The Frankinstax for Mamiya RB67 seamlessly combines the allure of medium format film with the convenience of instant film. Compatible with the Mamiya RB67 body, which features interchangeable film backs, this adapter effortlessly melds classic 120mm capabilities with the instant gratification of instant film.

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