The film camera just refuses to die. Just ask the aficionados who are still keen on them. If you want the kind of options a wide-angle camera gives, then expect to carry a lot of gear...unless you have the Travelwide 4x5 Camera.
It's a film (yes, physical film) camera that will be available in summer, after a successful Kickstarter campaign by Wanderlust Cameras. The beauty of this camera is that unlike bulky wide-angle lens, it's rather light at a mere 275g. Seeing as it's a wide-angle camera, it can’t be too compact, coming in with dimensions of 6.3 × 3.9 × 5 inches.
Superlight, super compact
Even with a film holder, lens and accessories, the Travelwide camera, even with a 40mm pancake lens, is much lighter in comparison to a Canon 5D Mark II. Its makers claim that the kitted out Travelwide camera would only weigh about 630g while the Canon camera is heftier at 1kg or more.
What do you get with this? For starters, you have a focusing screen, metal sport viewfinder, pinwide pinhole and a tool to attach lens. You also get that ever useful standard tripod mount.
Unfortunately, no lenses are provided with the starter kit, but its developers Justin Lundquist and Ben Syverson have made the camera compatible with most 90mm f/8 lenses, despite being specifically designed for the Scneider Angulon 90mm f/6.8. Sadly, you can’t use the 90mm f/5.6 lenses.
Coming up in the future is a 65mm conversion kit which will let you either shoot with the Pinwide at 65mm or mount the Super Angulon 65mm f/8.
As for film you can use standard 4x5 film holders and if you are the Polaroid-loving type, the Polaroid 545i holders are also supported.
If theTravelwide appeals to you then you can pick it up for US$149 (S$187).