Kickstarter is one of my favourite websites as it’s a fantastic resource for Photographers who want to fund their own Kickstarter photography products.
The beauty of the website is that designers and inventors no longer need investment to bring a product to market, they simply need to have a working prototype. They find the money they need to start production by pre-selling their product to people who love the idea and don’t mind waiting a few months to receive it.
I present to you, the 10 most exciting Kickstarter photography products…
I get really excited about wireless camera tethering, as it’s clearly a sign of the future. There has been countless times where I’m taking a photo, and I’ve had to zoom into the image on my screen, for whatever reason. If you can connect your camera, and control it wirelessly to your iPad, this makes previewing the images much easier, and this is exactly what CameraMator has done.
You don’t even need to have a WiFi network as CamearMator will create one for you to connect to- that means you don’t have to be inside to use it! You can also control Aperture, Shutter, ISO and White Balance for all supported cameras, through the app. And finally, and perhaps most importantly, you don’t have to use the camera’a hotshoe to make it work.
In the video you’ll see that they only use the hotshoe as a place to hold the device, but it’s not necessary for it to work. This frees up the hotshoe to be used with Pocket Wizards, or devices like that. Exciting stuff!
It costs $299, which is a bargain. You can purchase it here.
I absolutely LOVE this product. I’m constantly changing lenses and fussing with body caps and lens hoods, while trying to get my bag open. When you’re in a busy shoot, this is the last thing you want to be doing.
The great thing about this holster is that it keeps your lenses all within reach, so that you can quickly and easily change them over when ever you need to. If you shoot with a lot of prime lenses like me, then this is exactly what you need.
It’s suitable for Canon or Nikon lenses, comes in tan or black, can hold over 20lbs, and it’s priced dependant on how many mounts you need. They’re currently $84.95 each, here.
The Travelwide is a 4×5 film camera designed to make large-format photography more accessible and fun than before. Large format cameras are usually big, bulky, heavy and expensive, but this is a much simpler camera. Made up of only nine different parts and customisable with different lenses, backs and coldshoes, you can use the camera in the way the name suggests- while traveling.
It was on Kickstarter for $99 and it uses 4×5 film, which offers 16x the resolution of a standard 35mm frame of film. It’s lighter than a DSLR, and although that includes the weight of a lens, the camera doesn’t come with a lens, or a film holder. You can pick up a lens about $150-$200 and a film holder for $10-$15. Still though, a very exciting camera for anyone interested in film photography.
I’ve never seen such simple, beautifully handcrafted, sustainable cameras in my life. These six pinhole cameras from ONDU are handmade by two brothers out of locally harvested chestnut and maple wood. To suit various photographic needs, they come in 6 different dimensions and film sizes, from the most common Leica 135 format to the 4˝ x 5˝ film holder camera.
As I publish this post, the two brothers are only two days into their Kickstarter project and have already raised the $10,000 they’re looking for. Get them while they’re hot!
This is one of the most impressive and high quality time-lapse accessories I’ve ever seen. Not only will it work landscape, but it’s strong enough to work in a portrait configuration too. It can be controlled by your smartphone (something we all like to do these days) and it’s incredibly easy to set up. If you’re into time-lapse photography, then this is a great accessory for you to own, as it can be used in conjunction with other time-lapse accessories.
It costs $150 which is unheard of, considering a timer costs about $130, which makes this a bargain. It only weighs 225g and it has a massive panning load of 7kg. It’s currently off-sale, but you can pre-order here.
If you would like to learn more about time-lapse, click here.
Luxi is a small diffusion dome that fits securely over your iPhone’s front-facing camera. When attached and used with a light meter app, Luxi will help you determine the best settings for your DSLR or other camera so that you can take perfectly exposed pictures.
The light meter built into all cameras measures reflected light. A reflected light meter shows an appropriate setting for an average of the whole scene. If you are taking a picture of a scene that does not have an average lighting situation, your camera’s built-in light meter will not be accurate. Usually, that causes an overexposed or underexposed picture.
This is where Luxi comes in. It only works for natural, or constant light (not flashes), but it’s a much cheaper alternative to a light meter. It costs ~$20, which is a whole lot cheaper than $200+ you’d pay for a traditional light meter.
I’m still a big film shooter as you can probably tell, so this one really caught my attention. It’s a new way to scan all of my 35mm film, without having to rely on the lab to do it for me. It’s also great if you’ve got a load of old developed film sitting in a box, that you don’t know what to do with.
You simply attach your smart phone to the device, turn on the light box, roll in the 35mm film, and take a photo to save the development. It’s that simple and it produces some fantastic results. It was originally available for $40 on Kickstarter, but it’s now $59 and available here.
From the company that brought back Polaroid film comes an exciting new printer for your smartphone photos. You simply take a photo on your iPhone, and then place your iPhone face down on the Instant Lab, open the shutter, and wait for the photo to expose.
Then all you have to do is click print, like you would on a normal Polaroid camera. An easy way to make instant prints of your iPhone photos.
It’s currently unavailable, but you can find out when it will in the stores here.
If you like DIY photography, then you’ll love this product. It’s the plans and supplies that you need to create your own medium formet pinhole camera at home. It’s been created by a girl from Brighton (my hometown) who’s original project became so popular online that people were imitating it, and so she decided she wanted a produce a kit for people to do it themselves.
It’s a really fascinating project, and one that’s going into production as it’s reached it’s Kickstarter target by over double the amount needed.
If you’ve ever used the digital zoom on your iPhone, you’ll know what a bad idea that is. The photos come out looking terrible. And that’s what makes this product so exciting, because it allows you to use your phone (not necessarily smart) as a camera for binoculars, telescopes, microscopes and more.
When it hits the market, it will retail for $74.95, but can still buy it today for $70.
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