A new interesting project has been launched on Kickstarter, and vintage camera fans might like it. Meet Jollylook: a simple folding instant camera made entirely from recycled paper and cardboard. When you fold it, it takes no more room than a smartphone box. It’s a mechanical camera with no electronic components whatsoever. Just cardboard, paper, a pair of lenses and a plastic cartridge for instant mini photos. It’s more environmentally friendly than the packaging of a regular camera, as it uses less material and it’s all recyclable or recycled. And it gives you instant results using Instax mini film.
Steadicam, the devices famous for stabilising Hollywood’s footage for decades, are refocusing their efforts towards phones. Tiffen, Steadicam’s owners, have just announced the Steadicam Volt. Taking square aim at the influx of motorised handheld gimbals launched recently, the Volt works a little differently. It also offers advantages over those motorised gimbals we’ve come to know.
It’s also been awarded as an Honoree of the 2017 CES Innovation Awards. Tiffen have released smartphone stabilisers before. The Steadicam Smoothee, for example. Unlike the Smoothee, though, this one is electronic. They’ve teamed up with drone makers, Yuneec to load it up with some pretty cool stabilisation tech. This lets it achieve camera moves no current motorised stabilisers can. [Read more…]
Need an extra screen for traveling? how about a 24″ monitor that fits in your bag? SPUD is a new kickstarter promising to put a collapsible monitor in every creative’s bag.
It works in a similar fashion to deep octa collapsible umbrellas, only instead of a shaft, it has a small projector. Does it make sense? I am not sure.
Update: right on, this project is now on kickstater, get your wallets ready!
Losing equipment is one of a photographer’s biggest fears. But, it happens. You’re out on location, having a good time, you pack away your stuff and think you’ve got everything. Then you get home and realise you have to walk 90 minutes in the pitch black to go back to the location you just left to go and find a microphone (yup, happened to me last week).
GearEye aims to solve this problem by tagging and cataloguing all your equipment. It keeps track of it all, so that you don’t have to. We’ve heard promises like these before, though. The failed KitSentry project from F-Stop Gear left a sour taste. That GearEye is also being hosted on Kickstarter will make a few feel hesitant. F-Stop cited part of the problem being down to patent issues. Will GearEye face the same issue? Let’s hope not.
You know the saying “they don’t make them like they used to”? Apparently, Meyer Optik wants to make them exactly like they used to. And by them, I mean lenses. After resurrecting the Trioplan f2.9/50 and the Trioplan f2.8/100 Meyer Optik are now bringing a new series of lenses to life, starting with the Primoplan 58 f1.9. All via Kickstarter.
Meyer Optik’s two previous kickstarters raised about a million dollars and they were both for lenses from the Trioplan series. Their new kickstarter project is for a lens from the Primoplan series – the 58 f/1.9. This lens is known for its very soft and creamy bokeh.
A week or so ago, Resource magazine published a pretty in-depth article into what’s going on with F-Stop Gear. More specifically, their long overdue KitSentry Kickstarter project. Now, F-Stop Gear has announced an end to the project. F-Stop Gear also stated that they will not be reimbursing backers.
The KitSentry looked very promising. You have ID tags on your gear and a unit that keeps track of them in your bag. Then an app on your phone relays all the information to you. A great solution to stop you forgetting to take items on a shoot, or accidentally losing them during one. Many people thought so and backed the project. It easily beat its $18,000 goal pulling in just over $27,000.
Let’s face it, the attached camera was pretty much the only decent feature of Google Glass. It’s also a feature that raised quite a few privacy concerns.
The new Blincam, which allows its wearer to shoot a photograph simply by winking, also faces those same privacy issues. It also a presents a newer, slightly creepier, one.
Earlier this year, Kodak showed the world that it has no plans of burying its storied history as a manufacturer of cinematic film. In addition to releasing a Super 8 camera, they also managed to get six major studios to purchase enough filmstock to help Kodak keep its plant operating.
It appears though that their efforts haven’t stopped there though. Kodak has decided to team up with Kickstarter to create an artist initiative that will help support cinematographers who are interested in shooting analogue film in the 35mm and Super 16mm varieties. [Read more…]
Our friends at MagMod are launching their 3rd Kickstarter campaign for a new lighting modifier and if you use speedlites, it’s something to get excited about! It’s called the MagBeam and it’s based on the refractive Fresnel lens used in Hollywood style constant lights, spotlights, and even lighthouses!