Alfie Tych Retro Half Frame Cameras Launched at The Photography Show

We recently caught up with Dave, Founder and Creator of Alfie Cameras, at this year’s Photography & Video Show 2022, and he shared with us the very exciting news that the latest Alfie TYCH+ camera has launched on Kickstarter!

The Alfie TYCH and TYCH+ are super-compact 35mm half-frame film cameras that, as well as being absolutely adorable, capture fantastic images with options for creative double exposures and feature not a but a four goals!

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Alfie Cameras Kickstarter Campaign (opens in a new tab) went live at The Photography Show! The company is currently looking for backers to bring fully functional beta prototypes of the Alfie TYCH film camera and its sibling, the TYCH+, to life. 35mm half-frame cameras feature a selection of built-in lenses to allow endless creativity, experimenting with multiple exposure diptychs and panoramas.

Alfie TYCH+ (Image credit: Beth Nicholls/DCW)

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Besides being probably the cutest cameras we’ve ever seen, the Alfie TYCH/+ is incredibly light, at just 170g, and barely feels like it’s holding a camera when not in use. There is no film cartridge inside. The difference between the two models comes down to the difference in viewfinder design, along with the TYCH+ offering an additional premium glass lens and a super bright glass viewfinder.

The mechanics and construction of these cameras are engineered to perfection, and Dave has really thought of everything, from a top LCD display that shows what mode the camera is in, as well as indication of the lens selected and providing users with the ability to switch between different modes with ease.

Rear of the Alfie TYCH+ (Image credit: Beth Nicholls/DCW)

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Alfie cameras (opens in a new tab) The product line has been developed through a series of prototypes over the past year, by experienced design engineer and photographer, Dave Faulkner. Funding from backers through the Kickstarter launch campaign will support the refinement of the Alfie TYCH and the purchase of components and accessories for mass production ready for eventual market release.

Backers will enjoy rewards on multiple levels, including being first in line for early shipment of the TYCH, or TYCH+, and add-ons such as film development discounts and game packs. starter films for UK backers, having teamed up with the likes of Analogue Wonderland, dubblefilm and Ilford to deliver those deals.

Viewfinder manual mode (Image credit: Beth Nicholls/DCW)

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Both camera models offer the combined benefits of modern electronics, with that of the traditional beauty of analog photography. When shooting with the TYCH, you can use full manual shutter control or select automatic modes for each of the lenses. In auto mode, the camera will use its built-in light meter to automatically expose the shot for you, making the shooting process much easier for beginners.

Speaking to lovely Dave at the Photography Show, he said: “We need at least a hundred contributors [on Kickstarter]this is our minimum lot size that we can run the product at, ideally we would like to go higher than this as it allows us to enter the wholesale market, but a hundred backers is the goal for the moment”.

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Dave also said there is another offer for those supporting the early stages, “You can back the entry level model up on Kickstarter if you get in early for £275 then upgrade the sight for £100 £ to the premium viewfinder, and you just won’t have the premium lens on it.”

At the time of writing, the Alfie Camera Kickstarter currently has 58 backers and has reached an impressive $22,717 of its goal of $30,819 (around £26,985 / AU$45,961). There are only 29 days left until the goal of this project, and you can pledge now to support the campaign (opens in a new tab) and bring the Alfie TYCH to life.

Alfie TYCH (Image credit: Beth Nicholls/DCW)

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The Photography and Video Show 2022 will close tomorrow, Monday 19th September, as a mark of respect for the National Day of Mourning in the UK. However, the show will reopen on Tuesday for a whole series of professional masterclasses, live lectures and panels.

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You might also want to take a look at the 4 new cameras you MUST see at the Photography Show (opens in a new tab)as well as our guides best film cameras (opens in a new tab)as good as best film for 35mm cameras (opens in a new tab)and don’t forget the best camera for film students (opens in a new tab).

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