Ihagee Elbaflex film analog SLR camera will be available also in Pentax K-mount

The Ihagee Elbaflex film analog SLR camera that started on Kickstarter will also be available in Pentax K-mount. Here is the update recently posted on Kickstarter:

“The good news is that we have done some calculations, racked our brains and did some prototyping and the result is that we can also offer this camera with a M42 and Pentax K lens mount.”

Here is the full Ihagee Elbaflex press release:

(Dresden, Germany) After an outpouring of requests from passionate analog photographers, the new Ihagee company announced today that they have added a basic version of their Elbaflex 35mm analog camera to their Kickstarter campaign. Now, backers have the option of receiving the Elbaflex Base, which comes with less frills but a lower cost.

The Elbaflex Base – now available for a $299 pledge — will have the same mechanics and technical specs as the Elbaflex Prime but the Base version will have fewer aesthetic and ergonomic refinements. Whereas a wooden grip is standard with the Prime, it is an optional add-on for the Elbaflex Base. The Base also comes with a leatherette covering, as opposed to a choice of a real leather covering available in four different colors for the prime.

Another difference is that the Prime comes with a full five – year – warranty, while the Base has a two – year warranty. Both are backed by Ihagee’s Global Repair Center in Germany.

Ihagee also announced that they will make the Elbaflex available in the M42 mount, as well as initial Nikon F Mount.

The new Ihagee company takes its name from the German camera pioneer that in 1936 produced the famous Kine – Exakta, a camera which eventually became known as the Elbaflex in the 1970s.

The new Ihagee Elbaflex is a collaboration between a team of German and Ukrainian engineers. The German side includes former engineers and technicians who have many years of experience in the production of analog and digital cameras, as well as lenses, for Leica and Schneider Kreuznach. They will provide the engineering and design leadership, while the Ukrainian side, which includes former members of the famous Arsenal factory in Kiev, will oversee production.

In fact, the Elbaflex borrows its basic design from the classic Kiev 19 M. However, the Ihagee team has added new top and bottom plates and redesigned and replaced some of the interior parts.

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  • Shaepour

    me wanteth! ^_^

  • Zos Xavius

    First of all if this is the same as a Kiev 19 with a new top plate, there is nothing to get excited at all about here. Top shutter speed is 1/500 on Kiev and many other russian cameras. Also the kiev 19 was mostly plastic with even plastic knobs. You can buy a pretty sweet film camera for $300. I’d love to be supportive of someone making new cameras, but dressing up a Kiev 19 isn’t going to be all that great. You would be seriously better off with a K-1000.

    • Spy Black

      There’s an ocean of great simple cameras from many manufacturers from the 70s and 80s. Products like this
      Elbaflex are the Pet Rock of the modern photo landscape.

  • Mistral75

    The people behind the Ihagee Elbaflex project are the German, listed, Koblenz-headquartered net SE group.

    net SE are also behind the resurrection of Meyer-Optik Görlitz (several lenses), Oprema Jena (two Biotar lenses), Emil Busch A.-G. Rathenau (Glaukar Anastigmat lens) and C.P. Goerz (Citograph 35, a 35mm f/8 fixed-focal lens).

  • Mistral75

    It’s unclear whether the Elbaflex camera in Pentax K mount will allow for
    automatic aperture preselection and full aperture framing and focusing,
    with the appropriate coupling between the camera and the lens’s aperture, or whether the photographer will need to manually open the aperture before framing and focusing and to close it before shooting.

    I asked this question on Kickstarter two days ago. I am still waiting for an answer.

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