NEWS: IUTD Studios Transparent 35mm Film Camera with 28mm Lens Now Available

By Molly Kate

IUTD Studios launched a new 35mm film camera that sets itself apart from others at first glance with one feature, it’s transparent. The inner workings of the ‘To Be Continued (TBC)’ reusable memory maker are on full display. A reimagination of the disposable camera, TBC is a 28mm F8 fixed focus package with style at the forefront of its design.

Joshua Cirjak founded IUTD Studios at 17 initially as a clothing brand and has now added camera manufacturing to its operations. IUTD stands for “I Used To Dream” and the brand aims to inspire people to make their dreams a reality.

“We want people to work hard towards their biggest dreams so that they can one day say that they used to dream of moments like this…When I was young, I would always dream of working alongside musicians and artists, and after years of working towards that goal, I finally achieved that goal and currently work with DJ’s and musicians across the world. Some of them include Will Smith, Martin Garrix, Marshmello etc…” – Joshua Cirjak

IUTD Studios TBC 35mm Film Camera
Image courtesy of IUTD Studios
IUTD Studios TBC 35mm Film Camera
Image courtesy of IUTD Studios

Being a photographer and videographer himself, Josh tells me he always wanted to create a camera of his own design.

“The idea for the camera started while I was in university. I loved the look of transparent products so I had the idea of creating my own film camera that was transparent.” – Joshua Cirjak

The project started with 3D printing camera shells and putting them on top of the internals of used disposable cameras for fun. However, his team quickly realised they needed to create their own moulds to make the product scalable. The design team for IUTD Studios, who met while studying at university, includes Shraeyas Massey, Joshua Cirjak, and Ferj David, respectively based in Canada, Croatia and the UAE.

IUTD Studios TBC 35mm Film Camera
Image courtesy of IUTD Studios

The TBC camera has a 28mm lens with a fixed F8 aperture and a fixed 1/120 shutter speed. The focus is fixed as well from 1 metre to infinity. Winding and rewinding functions are manual. There is a built-in flash that is powered by one AA battery. Weighing 125g, the TBC is lightweight. So lightweight in fact that IUTD designed the camera to be worn as a fashion accessory in addition to capturing memories.

“We added a carabiner to the side of the camera so that people would not only use the camera but also WEAR it as a fashion accessory. We wanted the camera to not be hidden in a pocket, but rather attached to their jeans so that they could also WEAR the camera.” – Joshua Cirjak

IUTD Studios TBC 35mm Film Camera
Image courtesy of IUTD Studios

I asked Josh about the future plans for TBC:

“Now that we created and patented our own shell design, the plans for the future are to keep upgrading the camera, but also making different colorways. With a few small changes such as the cable color, shutter button, LED, shell color etc, we can have a completely new-looking camera.” – Joshua Cirjak

He also mentions plans for collaborations to create interesting customised versions of the camera according to other brands’ colours and styles.

IUTD Studios TBC 35mm Film Camera
Image courtesy of IUTD Studios
IUTD Studios TBC 35mm Film Camera
Image courtesy of IUTD Studios

In addition to having the camera available in the shop now, IUTD Studios sells a TBC Kit which includes 2 TBC film cameras, 6 rolls of Kodak 400 film, a 3D printed IUTD keychain, and a cool orange plastic case to protect all of the above.

Find out more about IUTD Studios or shop the TBD camera on their website here. Follow along on social media for updates with Instagram or TikTok @iutdstudios.

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By Molly Kate
Photographer, writer, and CPA currently running a Youtube channel called Eclectachrome. I'm a huge fan of shiny new objects which makes writing news a perfect fit. Favorite cameras are often mechanical rangefinders, folders, and compacts and I love most film stocks. I enjoy developing and scanning my own film as well as printing in the darkroom when there's extra time!
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Chicks on NEWS: IUTD Studios Transparent 35mm Film Camera with 28mm Lens Now Available

Comment posted: 30/12/2023

Why get this when you can get a transparent Vivitar T101. Has a much more colourful appearance and it's cheap.
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Molly Kate replied:

Comment posted: 30/12/2023

The Vivitar T101 is adorable, but its also not made new. The benefit of this camera is that you can buy it new and don't have to hunt around the used market for a working one :) it's also a little more hip than the Vivitar (sorry Vivitar!) for me!

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Graham Orbell on NEWS: IUTD Studios Transparent 35mm Film Camera with 28mm Lens Now Available

Comment posted: 27/12/2023

Great fashion accessory
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Molly Kate replied:

Comment posted: 27/12/2023

it's pretty cool - I'd love to be seen wearing it :) great conversation starter too!

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Arthur Gottschalk on NEWS: IUTD Studios Transparent 35mm Film Camera with 28mm Lens Now Available

Comment posted: 24/12/2023

I might prefer a non-see through version.
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Molly Kate replied:

Comment posted: 24/12/2023

you are spoiled for choice there my friend! Which non-see through ones do you like?

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