11 Cool Photography-Related Kickstarter Projects
Cam Crate by Matthew Geyster
A life-proof DSLR case
The Cam Crate is a 'life-proof' DSLR case that promises to keep your DSLR safe from pretty much anything. If you were the Incredible Hulk (bear with me) and you were looking for a DSLR case that could withstand your sudden outbursts of rage, the Cam Crate would be the most likely candidate for the job. Billed as a 'life-proof' DSLR case, the Cam Crate is 100% element proof, and it even floats. By element proof, the we mean water proof, mud proof, crush proof and drop proof, though performance parameters have yet to be measured. The Cam Crate is constructed of a composite outer shell and features a Quick Action door for rapid opening and closing.
|The Cam Crate is designed to keep a medium-sized DSLR safe from pretty much anything, whether it be shock, or dirt and water damage.|
The Cam Crate will fit most 'small format' DSLRs, i.e., those without an integral battery grip, with a moderate telephoto lens attached. The inventor of Cam Crate has plans to release a larger version of the Cam Crate at a later date that will accomodate professional models with integrated vertical controls or smaller models with a battery grip attached. Cam Crate has recieved its intended funding and will most likely be shipping soon, with a lifetime warrantee - most appropriate.
Rhino Slider by Kyle Hart
An affordable 48" DSLR slider
Fluid motion is a difficult thing to achieve in the film industry if you're on a budget, but the Rhino Slider could change that. The Rhino Slider is an affordable 48" DSLR slider that operates via 12 bearings inside of six self-lubricating rollers upon stainless steel or carbon fiber rails. The Rhino Slider also accommodates other cameras like the GoPro, iPhone and RED with adapters, but it should find most of its success in the DSLR cinema market. The inventor of the Rhino Slider saw that conventional cam sliders fell into two primary camps: cheap and not as smooth or expensive and smooth. So, he found a way to incorporate 12 self-lubricating bearings inside six individual rollers on stainless steel or carbon rails at a retail cost of less than $400.
|The Rhino Slider allows you mount a small video camera, or DSLR for fluid movement without the massive outlay of conventional specialist equipment.|
Rhino Slider is lightweight and has the ability to adapt to any camera or enviornment. The standard Rhino Slider comes with locking all-terrain legs with micro-adjustable rubber feet that fold up for travel. However, suction cup feet will be avialable for setups like mounting on a car (pictured above).
There will also be three different flavors of Rhino Slider to choose from. There's the standard Rhino Slider with stainless steel tubular rails (holds up to 7 lbs. of gear, weighs 5 lbs.), Rhino Slider Carbon ($425) with carbon fiber rails (holds up to 10 lbs. of gear, weighs 3 lbs.) and Rhino Slider Pro ($475) with stainless steel rails and a center mounting plate for tripods (holds up to 35 lbs. of gear, weighs 10 lbs.).
The Rhino Slider has finished funding and it's projected that everyone who pledged will get their Rhino Sliders before Christmas. If you're not among this number, you can pre-order here.
Lens/Focus Shifter by Daniel Bauen and Microfacturing
A lens-mounted follow focus adapter
Truly smooth focus with a DSLR lens can be difficult to achieve, especially with cheaper lenses. The Lens/Focus Shifter is basically a steering wheel for your DSLR lens focus adjuster that provides much more leverage for smoother operation. The apparatus cinches to the lens ring and supports a clip-on dry-erase focus marker board for indicating hard stops.
|The Lens/Focus Shifter is a simple adapter which allows you to smoothly manipulate focus and/or zoom without needing to twist the lens. A built-in marker board lets you mark 'hard' stops for zooming or focussing on pre-determined points.|
The Lens/Focus Shifter fits lenses with outer diameters that range from 56mm to 98mm, but a custom size can be ordered if your lens measurement falls outside of those specifications. Not only will the Lens/Focus Shifter be ideal for DSLR filmmakers, but the unit can also be used by photographers to fine-tune focus to an exacting degree. The Lens/Focus Shifter has already recieved its intended funding, and you can click here to order one.
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Peak Design's 'consider every detail' approach shines in the Everyday Backpack. While expensive, it's one of the best options out there for a photographer who needs to pack a lot of stuff in addition to gear.
If you're thinking of using Canon's sports glass on the Sony a9, think again. The ultra-fast camera slows way down when you attach off-brand glass.
The Polish town of Katowice is not known as an area of beauty, but as all photographers know, that doesn't mean that beauty can't be found if you know where to look. Mariusz Pietranek used a drone to look down on the colorful sedimentation tanks at an ironworks.
New York Times video journalist Ben Solomon spent a harrowing three weeks accompanying Iraqi Major Sajjad al-Hour as he and his men fought to retake Mosul from I.S. forces.
The 3D VR camera launched through a crowdfunding campaign in 2015 goes on sale beginning June 26.
Noctilucent clouds, a crescent moon and Venus were visible in the pre-dawn sky over Budapest yesterday. Photographer György Soponyai captured NASA's astronomy picture of the day.
Squirming pets won't sit still for photos? A Kickstarter campaign is looking to help.
Find out how Chris Burkard shifted from editorial photography to his true passions: landscapes, conservation and, of course, surfing.
The updated EyeEm app scans your camera roll and picks images that are composed particularly well, have the best quality, or highest chance of selling on EyeEm Market.
It's three years old but still a solid option for a Micro Four Thirds shooter looking for a high-quality, fast, wide-angle prime. Take a look at how we got along with it.
Tamron has announced the longest all-in-one zoom lens currently available, the 18-400mm F3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD. Designed for Canon and Nikon crop-sensor cameras, the lens will be available in July.
When you're ready to step-up to full-frame from an entry-level or midrange camera, the choices can be overwhelming. Find out which models came out on top in our $1200-2000 enthusiast ILC roundup.
Just a guy wearing a VR headset, smashing invisible Goombas in Central Park.
NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter captured this gorgeous aerial photo of the Martian landscape. And if you look really close, you can actually see the Mars Curiosity rover in the very middle.
The city of Laguna Beach, California has provided some clarification around the kinds of photography permits it offers.
Later this year, a VR180 camera will be Joining Yi's Halo and 360 VR cameras, which will offer stereo 3D capture, yet be as easy to use and compact as a 2D camera.
Caltech researchers have developed an 'optical phased array' chip that uses time delays instead of a lens to focus the incoming light.
Pricing and shipping have finally been revealed for two highly anticipated lenses from Sigma, announced in February.
These macro photos of clouds of paint billowing through clear water might look like high-quality CGI, but they're real photographs. And photographer Alberto Seveso told us how they were made.
Facebook is testing a feature that prevents people from saving, sharing, or even taking a screenshot of your profile picture.
We've reshot the Sony a9 in our studio. The short story: it's sharper! The long story... well you can read it all here.
The collection will be officially launched during the Europeana Transcribathon Campus Berlin 2017 crowdsourcing event which will be held on 22 and 23 June at the Berlin State Library.
Light gives us some insight into the preparations for the launch of the pre-order shipments of its much anticipated L16 multi-lens camera.
OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei has confirmed in a tweet that the second lens on the back of the OnePlus 5 uses a 1.6x optical zoom and that digital zoom is used to reach the claimed 2x zoom factor.
Fujifilm recently unveiled the second in its series of affordable cine lenses, the MK50-135mm T2.9. We got our hands on it for a couple days and took it for a spin.
Leica's first attempt at an M-series digital rangefinder was rough around the edges, but set a pattern for all of the cameras that came after it. In this week's Throwback Thursday article, Barney remembers the M8.
No stranger to extreme situations, legendary climber and filmmaker Jimmy Chin talks to Outside Magazine about his career, and the challenge of filming Alex Honnold's rope-free solo climb of El Capitain.
A company backed by Android co-founder Andy Rubin is attempting to make video conferencing less terrible.
Rangefinder magazine asked five professional portrait and wedding photographers about posting on Instagram; no surprise, they got five different answers.
This captivating stop motion film was created by stripping away one layer of wood at a time. It's hard to look away.