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Ilford to Release the Sprite 35-II, A Reusable 35mm Point-and-Shoot


Ilford is reportedly set to release a revival of the 1960s-era Sprite 35 in the $35 Sprite 35-II. Reportedly coming in January, the Sprite 35-II is a reusable point-and-shoot 35mm film camera.

Firsthand information on the camera has proven challenging to procure, as Ilford itself has not published any information on the camera publicly since its initial unveiling via Inside Imaging at the beginning of December.

The camera will continue the heritage of the original Sprite 35, one of the easiest and affordable cameras of its time.

“Forget shutter speeds, aperture, or light meters – just load a roll of film, hit the shutter button, and press the film lever,” Ilford states.

The Sprite 35-II will feature a fixed shutter speed of 1/120 of a second and a single-element 35mm f/9 fixed-focus lens. There is also a built-in flash with a 15 second recycle time.

While the Sprite 35-II isn’t going to blow the doors off modern expectations, it is a rather faithful reproduction of a classic, beloved camera. Ilford’s updated design smooths down the hard, square edges of the original and makes for an attractive modern take on the 60-year-old camera.

Photo by Akairom, shared via Public Domain

The camera will be lightweight and compact, weighing 122 grams (~4.3 ounces) with dimensions of 119mm (W) x 67mm (H) x 44mm (D), and will be available in black and black and silver versions.

No information on where the camera will specifically be available to purchase was made known, but the company will reportedly start shipping the camera in January 2021 for $35.

(via Inside Imaging via DPReview)