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Biro

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I found it very attractive, the interchangeable backs, the different lens mounts plates. I was thinking about supporting/pledging, but at the cost of 4 Nikon FM2...
 
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I found it very attractive, the interchangeable backs, the different lens mounts plates. I was thinking about supporting/pledging, but at the cost of 4 Nikon FM2...
That's the same problem I face (and it's a pretty nice one to have): Apart from the M42 mount, I have all bases covered that I'm actually interested in - and then some ... The concept's great, though - love the swappable backs even more, though. I don't care for the lighting and connectivity stuff, though. But I might still pledge - because I think it would be fun to shoot with freely mixed kit: All "best-of" lenses in one bag, one body with interchangeable mounts ... Is this necessary? No. But it's a refreshingly efficient approach.

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phigmov

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I suspect so; but I think it's a reworked model - they stress the "German engineering" aspect ... Still, quite expensive for the feature set. You can get three or four pristine FM2s for the intended price ...

Apparently German design, Ukrainian manufacture. While I'd never buy it, I did appreciate the history of the camera company provided in the Kickstarter pitch - I always wondered how those optics companies survived the war and then life behind the Curtain.

I thought exactly the same thing @MoonMind - a good single-digit Nikon F pro series camera would do the job perfectly well.
The biggest problem these days with vintage kit is the shortage of skilled repair/service people that can still work on them.
 
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I thought exactly the same thing @MoonMind - a good single-digit Nikon F pro series camera would do the job perfectly well.
The biggest problem these days with vintage kit is the shortage of skilled repair/service people that can still work on them.
Not a big problem with Nikon cameras - Nikon is still servicing them! That's too little known in my opinion - Leica, Nikon and Phase One (Mamiya) still repair most models, at least if parts are still obtainable (that's a problem with the Nik. CLA and basic repairs are no problem, usually, but expensive. Around here, there are still a couple of former repairmen who still like to tinker with their former matter of trade - but in this case, you're certainly right: They're dying out, literally. I still got a few valid addresses, but who knows for how long ...

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phigmov

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I have seen a few people put tear-down videos on youtube but it'd be nice if they were a bit more thorough (like the iFixit website). I guess there are some specialist tools and a very steady hand required that don't easily lend themselves to DIY. It'd be a shame to see the skills die out. Even watch-making is still going strong (albeit in specialist high-end brands/models) even if most people throw them out or don't even wear them anymore (like digital cameras, smart-phones have replaced watches for a lot of people).

Oh well, I hope these kick-starter campaigns do well - the more the merrier!

PS - some quick googling and I came across this Youtube channel for Camera repairs - great to see more resources online Fix Old Cameras
 

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