Have you ever wanted to try out large format photography but didn’t push through because the cameras are expensive, heavy, and complicated?
Well, lucky for you, a duo from Chicago, Illinois called Wanderlust Cameras has recently started a Kickstarter project that aims to give everyone a chance to experience the beauty of large format — all in a camera that’s affordable and easy to use.
The project’s name is Travelwide 4×5 Camera, an analog camera that is made to be lightweight, compact, and portable. It comes in two models: the Travelwide 90 and Travelwide 65.
The Travelwide 90 is designed around the Schneider Angulon 90mm ƒ/6.8 lens, which is just right for the project because it’s “small, cheap, and good.” However, you’ll have to purchase the lens separately. The camera only weighs 630 grams (1 pound 6 ounces) with all accessories on. In comparison, it’s lighter than a Canon 5D Mark II with 40mm pancake lens that weighs 1033 grams (2 pounds 4 ounces).
The Travelwide 65, on the other hand, is built for the ultra-wide Schneider Super Angulon 65mm ƒ/8 lens, which is also not included with the camera.
Both cameras features a spring back for inserting and removing a film holder. It also has three accessory shoes for viewfinders, flash units, or rangefinders. Also included are two utility boreholes for attaching a strap, a handle, or routing a cable release.
To really appreciate the whole project, watch the video below:
Here are a couple of sample photos from the Travelwide camera:
How much is the price? Because the project creators are so obsessed in bringing 4×5 to as many people as they could, they are offering the Travelwide at an introductory price of only $99. By pledging at least a hundred dollars, you’ll already get the Travelwide camera when it becomes available in December.