Do we REALLY need half-frame film cameras like the Kodak Ektar H35?

Kodak Ektar H35
(Image credit: Kodak)

Film cameras are making a resurgence. However, it isn't just vintage cameras that are being restored and reused; we've also got the new Kodak Ektar H35, which is a half-frame camera. Surely this is just a waste of time, though?

It was just announced that Pentax is developing new film cameras, and Leica has brought back its legendary Leica M6 film body. So, with so many options available on the market (including the best film cameras from yesteryear), why does anyone want a half-frame camera like the new Kodak Ektar H35? 

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Sebastian Oakley
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For nearly two decades Sebastian's work has been published internationally. Originally specializing in Equestrianism, his visuals have been used by the leading names in the equestrian industry such as The Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), The Jockey Club, Horse & Hound, and many more for various advertising campaigns, books, and pre/post-event highlights.

He is a Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts, holds a Foundation Degree in Equitation Science, and is a Master of Arts in Publishing.  He is a member of Nikon NPS and has been a Nikon user since the film days using a Nikon F5 and saw the digital transition with Nikon's D series cameras and is still to this day the youngest member to be elected into BEWA, The British Equestrian Writers' Association. 

He is familiar with and shows great interest in street, medium, and large format photography with products by Leica, Phase One, Hasselblad, Alpa, and Sinar. Sebastian has also used many cinema cameras from the likes of Sony, RED, ARRI, and everything in between. He now spends his spare time using his trusted Leica M-E or Leica M2 shooting Street photography or general life as he sees it, usually in Black and White.