Hot on the heels of simple plastic cameras such as the Dubblefilm SHOW and the Kodak M35, British company LensFayre has unveiled another simple plastic 35mm film camera.
The company’s Snap LF-35M is described as a “fun and affordable alternative to disposable camera” designed with a “focus on sustainability.
The camera also comes with a range of stickers which allow the camera to be customised.
The LF-35M takes any 35mm film and comes complete with flash. The cameras cost £38 for the camera alone or £48 with a pack of 10 stickers.
LensFayre said: “The Snap is designed to help make film photography more approachable and less intimidating to the new generation of film photographers, who have little to no experience.
“We have found that the majority of beginners are looking for an affordable and easy-to-use everyday camera that is more sustainable than wasteful single-use cameras. Through easy-to-follow online guidance with videos/tips, tricks, and introductory photography how-tos, the Snap aims to bridge that gap.”
LensFayre said they wanted to minimise the plastic camera’s effect on the environment.
“The camera body is made from ABS plastic (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene) which is a thermostatic plastic that can easily be melted and re-moulded into a solid again. This basically means that ABS is an ideal candidate for recycling and is often reused for manufacturing common household objects and children’s toys. Additionally, ABS is a food-grade plastic with no known toxins.”
LensFayre also said when the cameras come to the end of their life, “our customers can send it back to us and we will ensure that it’s safely and correctly dismantled and recycled at a specialist facility.
“In addition to this, customers that return their camera to us will receive a 10% voucher to use across our store as an incentive for thinking more sustainably.”
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While I am happy to see more film cameras being made, i would like to see some more variations. Someone should look into making a point & shoot with a hotshoe flash or with zone focusing (like the Soviet Elikon) or with f-stops (like the Time Magazine cameras). Perhaps even something similar to the Diana or Holga but with a wider angle glass lens.
There’s a definite gap in the market for something like this.