Ilford Sprite 35 II – An affordable way to jump into analog photography

The Sprite 35 II is basically a reusable disposable camera. It has a fixed shutter speed (1/120s) with a 31mm, single element f9 fixed-focus wide-angle lens which is ideal for daylight use and also features a built-in flash with a 15-second recycle time for low light shooting. It only costs $35 which is more than a single-use camera but since it’s reusable and you can shoot 36 exposure rolls in it, it will be cheaper in the long run. So if you shoot a lot of single-use cameras, this might be a great option for you!

We put a roll of Ilford HP5 through it, as well as some Ultramax 400 to see how it compares to single-use cameras! See the results.

Ilford Sprite 35 II

There are plenty of good reasons why some love the authentic look and feel of film-generated photographs…

Ilford Sprite 35 II Film Camera

…there’s also the discipline of having only 24 or 36 exposures to work with, and the anticipation of having a roll developed. Then there’s the desire to slow down from the relentless pace of digital technology and instant gratification.

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 Ilford Sprite 35-II continues that heritage and will meet the needs of people experimenting with 35mm film and looking for a camera that’s ‘no frills’ simple. It’s a step up from disposable cameras and being re-usable, it won’t create extra waste.

The camera has a fixed shutter speed (1/120s) with a 31mm, single element f9 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.

Users can load the Sprite 35-II with their favorite film, whether its color negative or black and white, allowing them to capture quick snapshots or moody monochrome scenes. The camera has a manual film advance winding lever to move through each exposure and rewind the roll when the film is finished.

It’s extremely lightweight and compact, weighing just 122 grams, with dimensions of 119mm (W) x 67 (H)mm x 44mm (D). It will be available in Black and Black & Silver versions.

Ilford Sprite 35-II v Ilford HP5+ single use camera

Features

  • Optical Lens: 31mm, F=9 , 1 element
  • Focusing: Focus Free, 1m – ∞
  • Shutter Speed: Shutter 1 / 120s
  • Flash: Built-in Flash Push Switch – 15s recycle time
  • Film Format: 135 Film (24x36mm) ISO 200 / 400 / 800
  • View Finder: Field = 70%

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Optical Lens 31mm, F=9 , 1 element
Focusing Focus Free, 1m – ∞
Shutter Speed Shutter 1 / 120s
Flash Time Built-in Flash Push Switch – 15s recycle
Film Transport: Manual wind and rewind
Film Format: 135 Film (24x36mm)  ISO 200 / 400 / 800
View Finder: Field = 70%
Strap: Wrist strap included
Power source: 1AAA – Alkaline Battery (required)
Camera body material: ABS
Weight: 122 grams
Dimensions: 119 (W) x 67 (H) x 44 (D) mm

 

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