Ilford Announces a New Low-Cost Retro Film Camera Sprite 35-II

Film photography has experienced a massive global revival, with both younger generations and seasoned veterans embracing the analog medium.
Premium photographic paper manufacturer, Ilford Imaging Europe, has announced the Sprite 35-II, an affordable re-usable 35mm compact film camera which pays homage to the original Ilford Sprite 35.

Back in the 1960s, few cameras were easier to use and more affordable than the Sprite 35. Forget shutter speeds, aperture, or light meters – just load a roll of film, hit the shutter button, and press the film lever. It was an attractive camera for people who wanted to capture a few snaps without fussing about the right settings.

The original Ilford Sprite 35 was a 35mm format, viewfinder camera manufactured by Agilux Ltd. for Ilford U.K., circa 1955, and features three apertures, marked on the side of the lens: f/8, f/11, and f/16 with a shutter speed of 1/40th of a second.

The new one has instead a fixed shutter speed of 1/120s with a 31mm, single element f/9 fixed-focus wide-angle lens, perfect for capturing most well-focused daylight scenes, and also features a built-in flash with a 15-second recycle time for night time shooting. The camera has a manual film advance winding lever to move through each exposure and rewind the roll when the film is finished.
Lightweight and compact, weighing just 122 grams, with dimensions of 119mm x 67mm x 44mm.

The Ilford Sprite 35-II will be available in January 2021 in Black and Black & Silver versions at $34.95.
More info on Ilford’s website.

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