A new Kickstarter campaign is seeking funding for I'm Back, a relatively low-cost digital back for medium format cameras. Like the existing 135 format versions, it uses a compact camera-sized sensor that photographs a ground glass panel mounted at the film plane.

The digital back supports a number of analog cameras, including the Mamiya RB67, 645, and C330, Rolleiflex Automat, Bronica Etrsi, and others. I'm Back GmbH, the company founded by Samuel Mello Medeiros, previously introduced a digital back for 35mm analog cameras.

The I'm Back MF features a 16MP Panasonic MN34120 sensor and touchscreen display, 4200mAh Lithium-ion battery, and 128GB microSD card. The model supports capturing 16MP JPEG and black-and-white raw images and 1080/60p video, plus there's built-in WiFI for wirelessly transferring content.

In addition to running off its internal rechargeable battery, users can power the digital back using a standard micro USB charging cable or external power pack. I'm Back MF will ship with an adapter for the chosen camera, flash sync cable, and battery charger.

The resulting content, as evidenced by the following sample shots and videos captured by the I'm Back MF, is fairly low-quality, making this digital back a low-cost alternative to pricey models for photographers who just want to have fun with their old analog medium format camera. The Kickstarter campaign even states the digital back ‘may not be suitable for professional photographers who wish to maximise the number of pixels in an image ;-).’

Assuming the Kickstarter campaign is successful, I'm Back MF will be offered for the following cameras:

  • Hasselblad 500/1000f/1600f/2000/200/SWA/SWC
  • Bronica S
  • Bronica Etrs
  • Mamiya 645
  • Mamiya C330
  • Mamiya RB 67
  • Kiev 88
  • Rolleiflex Automat

If enough orders for these models are placed, the company also plans to offer I'm Back MF for the Pentax 6X7 and Pentax 645. The Kickstarter campaign is offering the digital back for various cameras, as well as bundles with adapters, at prices ranging from 399 CHF ($404) to 1,795 CHF ($1,818); shipping to backers is estimated to start in April 2020.


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