This odd-looking accessory converts traditional film cameras to instant film

Traditional film cameras are easy to find secondhand to use as a learning tool or for the film atheistic — but what if you don’t want to actually develop the film? The Instant Magny 35 converts 135 SLR and rangefinder cameras to instant film and back again, allowing photographers to shoot both 135 mm and Fujifilm Instax Square from the same camera body.

The Instant Magny 35 uses mirrors and optics to take the image that would have been projected on a roll of film and project that image instead onto Instax film. The modifier slides onto the back of a number of compatible SLR cameras. A monolithic mirror enlarges what the camera sees onto the 62mm film surface of the instant film. An ejector at the bottom spits out the film, or keeps it in place for a double exposure.

Converting a film camera to an instant film camera isn’t a new idea — Nikon created a Magny in the 1960s, for example. But Ninm Lab, the company behind the Instant Magny 35, says that the new adapter is a quarter of the weight of that earlier attempt. The Magny 35 is constructed with plastic and aluminum alloy and weighs as much as a tablet — a touch over a pound. 

The adapter comes in three parts, one extending from the back of the camera and two that sit below the camera. AAA batteries power the film feeder and an LED film counter. The film feed can be automatic, or photographers can leave the image in place for unlimited exposures overlaid over the same piece of film, such as a double or triple exposure.

The Instant Magny 35 is compatible with a number of film cameras, including the Nikon F line; the Leica M line (some without auto exposure); Olympus OM-1, OM-2, and OM-3; Canon AE-1, AT-1, and A-1, and several Pentax M cameras.

Converting the image from 135 to Instax film isn’t quite without limitations, however. The back supports a maximum aperture of f/4. Brighter lenses will still have that shallow depth of field, Ninm says, but will only let in as much light as an f/4 lens.

Ninm Lab is a company based in Germany. The startup is taking to Kickstarter to fund the Instant Magny 35. If the company is successful, photographers could pick up the Instant film adapter with pledges starting at $99. The company expects to ship the first batch of Nikon and Leica compatible backs in December, with the models for Olympus, Canon, and Pentax following in February 2019. 

The campaign has until July 16 to reach a $50,000 goal, covering a fifth of that in just the first few hours of the campaign.

Photography

Mirrorless cameras were built to be compact, so why have they gotten so heavy?

Mirrorless cameras launched as portable alternatives to bulky and complex DSLRs -- so why are they getting bigger and heavier? Cameras are trending towards heavier models, but that change comes with more advanced features.
Photography

When you're ready to shoot seriously, these are the best DSLRs you can buy

For many photographers the DSLR is the go-to camera. With large selection of lenses, great low-light performance, and battery endurance, these DSLRs deliver terrific image quality for stills and videos.
Photography

Photography news: Wacom’s slimmer pen, Leica’s cinema special edition

In this week's photography news, Wacom launches a new slimmer pen for pro users. Leica's upcoming M10-P is designed for cinema, inside and out, with built-in cinema modes in the updated software.
Movies & TV

Ben Affleck explains why he is no longer working on The Batman

Warner Bros. Pictures' The Batman will come out in June 2021, but it needs a new star. Ben Affleck has confirmed he's hanging up the cape and cowl once and for all and explained why on Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Photography

From DSLRs to mirrorless, these are the best cameras you can buy right now

From entry-level models to full-frame flagships, many cameras take great photos and video. The best digital cameras, however, push the industry forward with innovative sensors and improved usability, among other things. Here are our…
Mobile

OnePlus 6T vs. Honor View 20: We compare the cameras in these ‘flagship killers’

For less than $600, you can buy either the OnePlus 6T or the Honor View 20, two extremely capable smartphones with plenty of exciting features. But which one has the best camera? We found out on a recent trip to France.
Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: Grow veggies indoors and shower more efficiently

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!
Mobile

Be careful who you bokeh, jokes Apple’s latest iPhone ad

With iPhone sales under pressure, you'd think there wouldn't be much to laugh about at Apple HQ. But the company has seen fit to inject some humor into its latest handset ad, which highlights the camera's Depth Control feature.
Photography

What’s the difference between Lightroom CC and Lightroom Classic?

Lightroom CC has evolved into a capable photo editor, but is it enough to supplant Lightroom Classic? We took each program for a test drive to compare the two versions and see which is faster, more powerful, and better organized.
Photography

Luminar’s libraries gain speed, drop need for you to manually import images

Luminar 3 just got a performance boost. Skylum Luminar 3.0.2 has improved speed over December's update, which added the long-promised libraries feature giving editors a Lightroom alternative.
Photography

The best place to print photos online in 2019

Have you been looking around for the best place to print out your favorite photos online or in store? Don't fret, we've pored through dozens of options and narrowed it down to the seven best.
Photography

The Panasonic FZ1000 gets a much-needed update alongside the smaller ZS80 zoom

Panasonic's 2014 superzoom camera with a larger sensor has finally seen an update. The new Panasonic FZ1000 II has a sensor that's better for low light, more physical controls, and new 4K Photo Mode features.
Photography

Watch the construction of a 270-degree fisheye lens, the widest ever

Think you've seen wide fisheye lenses? Think again. A team from Lensrentals recently shared a behind-the-scenes look at a custom prototype 4.5mm fisheye lens, which captures a whopping 270-degree view.
Photography

NASA celebrates Earth’s incredible natural beauty with free photo book

NASA has published a fabulous new book featuring stunning imagery captured by its satellites over the years. A hardback version is available for $53, though it can also be downloaded to ebook readers for free, and enjoyed online.