For some time now, I have been contemplating a new camera. For the most part, I settled on eventually getting updates of cameras I already have. Something I have always wanted, though, is a camera that works like an old film camera, but with a digital sensor. While I like film photography, I have dad luck with the actual film. Enter digiFilm™ Camera by YASHICA, a Kickstarter campaign.
After a bit of social media hinting, YASHICA, a Japanese Camera Brand with a long history, launched the YASHICA Y35 campaign. I read what they had to offer, thought about it for a few hours, and backed the Kickstarter. The camera offered a novel way for me to have the film camera feel. I figured if I backed this camera, it would lead to similar projects. It seems many other people had a similar reaction and backed it as well. The YASHICA Y35 blew past its goal quickly.
I hope the YASHICA Kickstarter Survives its detractors.
When I decided to back the YASHICA Y35 I was at work. I was not reading photography blogs during that time. When I got around to reading the coverage of the YASHICA Kickstarter, I was honestly a bit shocked. The negativity around the camera was amazing. It felt like because the YASHICA Y35 was not really pushing the boundaries of technology and instead, going for a more nuanced approach to releasing a camera, they were condemned.
I backed the YASHICA Y35 because of what it is or could be. The size of the sensor, and other issues people saw wrong with it, held less importance. I don’t see this camera as something for work use. This camera is something to relax with. With its digifilm, the YASHICA Y35 looks like a great way to work on my craft.