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Get a grip on your camera lens cap with this simple and sleek lens cap holder -- the Cap Gorilla.
Get a grip on your camera lens cap with this simple and sleek lens cap holder -- the Cap Gorilla.
221 backers pledged $5,607 to help bring this project to life.

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100% FUNDED! THANK YOU! CHECK OUT OUR ADDITIONAL GOALS!

If our total pledges meet these goals below, more rewards will become available and the rewards get better!
REACHED! $4,000 - An additional ABS plastic color choice for the Cap Gorilla! (as voted on by backers).
REACHED!!! $5,000 - Two extra silicone bands!
$7,000 - Three more ABS Plastic colors for the Cap Gorilla, and Two more Anodizing colors (as voted on by backers)
$10,000 - A second Cap Gorilla for everyone! That's right all backers will get an extra black ABS plastic Cap Gorilla. If you pledged for multiple Cap Gorilla's you'll get one extra for each.

IN SHORT, THE CAP GORILLA:

  • Prevents lost or misplaced lens caps.
  • Saves time -- always knowing where your lens cap is.
  • Simple installation on your camera strap.
  • Holds any size lens cap.

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING!

"The Cap Gorilla is a must-have for every photographer!” Alex Schult, president, PhotographyTalk.com

"The Cap Gorilla Keeps Up with Your Lens Caps" The-Gadgeteer.com

OUR STORY:

Camera lens caps are easy to lose. When you do find a place for it, it’s an inconvenience – swaying from your camera and shifting your shot, uncomfortably bulging from your pants’ pocket, left on a table, forgotten in a jacket, or never to be seen again.

Introducing the newest and most versatile lens cap holder, the Cap Gorilla -- it holds on your lens cap and won't let go!

WHAT IS A CAP GORILLA?

A simple, sleek, strong, camera lens cap holder that works with any brand lens cap up to 100mm.

Cap Gorilla AL prototype photo
Cap Gorilla AL prototype photo

HOW DOES CAP GORILLA WORK?

Cap Gorilla attaches to your camera strap where it is close-at-hand. It uses a super strong, stretchy, and gripping silicone band to firmly hold your camera lens cap or other photo accessories right where you want it.

Cap Gorilla is:

  • Easy to use
  • Lightweight
  • Sleek and low-profile
  • Hold up to use and abuse
Cap Gorilla Concept
Cap Gorilla Concept

Cap Gorilla has proven to be a simple solution that works effortlessly.  It serves to eliminates the headache of misplacing or replacing a lost lens cap.  Not that doing so will break the bank, but time lost is opportunity lost. Who wants to miss out on opportunity?

HOW TOUGH IT IS!

WHY CAP GORILLA DEPENDS ON YOU!

Know the feeling when you snap a photo at just the right moment. That is how designing and prototyping the Cap Gorilla has felt. To get to this point has taken over a year of steady work and hundreds of hours to go from a hand-drawn sketch to a final design.

Your funding will make it possible to:

  • Produce injection molds. The Cap Gorilla and Cap Gorilla PRO will be made from high strength thermoplastics. The cost of producing the molds is $3,400.00
  • Manufacture in bulk. Unit prices are much cheaper the larger the order.  To order just one unit is just under $100.00 each. To order 1,000's of units dramatically lowers the price.
  • Custom order the silicone elastic bands. The Cap Gorilla uses a special silicone rubber band.  You can't buy 10 of these at the local superstore. The minimum order is 500 pieces and requires a custom mold.

With your support Cap Gorilla will be more than just a concept and a prototype -- it will become a reality for you and photographers everywhere!

READY. SET. GO!

We are ready to launch into action and start mass producing Cap Gorillas with your funding help.  We hope the idea sparks your interest and invite you to support the project.

THANK YOU!

Risks and challenges

Bringing a new product to market is a complicated task from drafting and prototyping to intellectual property and trademarks.

To complete the project the next steps are to order raw materials, machining the injection molds, define the final specifications for the silicone bands and fine tuning the packaging. As simple a product as it is these many small details related to sourcing and manufacturing create challenges successfully manufacturing the product. My background leading large complex projects provides the experience necessary to track these elements and stay on top of items that may create roadblocks to delivering the product on schedule.

The toughest challenge is the injection mold design and machining the injection molds to the high quality we expect to provide you. The product is small and simple but simple does not mean easy. It will take several weeks to machine the molds and apply the texture to the mold which will result in the touch and feel experienced by the user.

With injection molding there are numerous variables such as pressure, temperature, and time. The greatest risk we face are getting the injection molding settings right so that each product is consistent. To help make sure things go as smooth as possible I am working with an experienced tool and die maker that brings years of expertise. We are using older equipment and there is always the risk of machine breakdown that could be costly and time consuming.

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    Pledge $5 or more About $5

    Whether you own a SLR camera or not we wanted to show you we care! You will receive a three pack of the limited edition,super strong, and super stretchy Cap Gorilla silicone bands. Whether you want to make the ultimate rubber band gun or use it as bookmark that will never fall out. ALL rewards will include the LIMITED EDITION special for Kickstarter version of the silicone band!

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    CAP GORILLA - This is the original, one size holds any camera lens cap and accessory holder. It is suitable for lens caps up to 100mm

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    CAP GORILLA AL - This is the lens cap holder for fighter pilots, safari guides, and super heroes, or those who like the biggest and best of everything. It is machined from 6061 Aluminum and ANODIZED HARDENED BLACK for stealth and ruggedness. Guaranteed to survive being slammed in a car door or dropped from a 10-story building. (Not responsible for cameras dropped from 10-story buildings or damage to property below.) **Int'l shipping please add $4**

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    CAP GORILLA AL + COLOR ANODIZED in your choice of color: clear, yellow, blue, or red

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    LIMITED EDITION CAP GORILLA PRO AL anodized BRIGHT GREEN and laser etched with the “I’m a backer” badge PLUS one CAP GORILLA for a friend.

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    LIMITED EDITION CAP GORILLA PRO AL anodized BRIGHT GREEN and laser etched with the “I’m a backer” badge PLUS one CAP GORILLA for a friend. In addition to listing you as a backer on our website a 240 x 150 banner with link to your website will be placed in the footer of every page of the Cap Gorilla website for 1 year.

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    CONSULTING SUPPORT - Cap Gorilla is my brainchild, the manufacturing is being performed by a friend. In addition to receiving a LIMITED EDITION CAP GORILLA AL we will provide 5 hours of consulting support to you on your Kickstater, Product Design, or Manufacturing project. You will have our personal contact info and easy access to us.

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    Pledge $999 or more About $999

    CUSTOM PRODUCTION RUN - Our production run will be approximately 200 units per setup. Back Cap Gorilla at this level and we'll complete a production run just for you! You either have a huge number of photographer friends or would like to give these away as promotional items.

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    CUSTOM PRODUCTION RUN + YOUR LOGO! - We'll do a custom production run of 200 Cap Gorillas in the color of your choice and have especiall made for you a silicone band in the color of your choice printed with your logo or message! Due to the custom nature of this product the lead time will be about 6 weeks.

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    CO-BRANDED - The Cap Gorilla silicone band will be full color printed on one side with your brand. Get your name in front of all our backers and on their camera. Artwork/logo subject to approval.

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