This is everything I love: manual focus lenses, solid metal body, and some impressive new features like interchangeable film backs (like a medium format SLR) and interchangeable lens boards: M42, Pentax K, Canon FD, Nikon F, Olympus OM. I suppose that these are all in the public domain now and this idea really intrigues me. I do run across Zuiko glass from time to time and it might be time for me to start investing in some. Also, it will have a 1/4000sec top shutter speed, plus aperture priority (though how they’ll do that on the M42 mount I don’t know yet).
Check out the Kickstarter campaign here.
So the downsides? Price, for one. I think if it were $400 I would be more interested, but £375 shipped is about $100 past that. I don’t like that the electronic system would be powered by an internal rechargeable battery (same problem I have with the Kodak super 8 camera), it seems to me that if you’re doing a lot of shooting it should be possible to drop in new batteries as needed instead of having to find a USB charging slot. Besides those two things I’m pretty excited about this camera. The extra features it would give over every other SLR I own is extremely tempting and I’m trying to justify the expense…
edit: they were funded by the beginning of the third day. Unfortunately I don’t think I can justify the expense right now, but I’ll be following their progress closely and definitely want to grab one of their cameras later on down the road!