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CA$ 14,797
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Monkey Latch™By Monkey Latch™
First created
Monkey Latch™By Monkey Latch™
First created
CA$ 14,797
pledged of CA$ 25,000pledged of CA$ 25,000 goal
188
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, February 5 2015 8:50 AM UTC +00:00

About

Do you find it inconvenient switching accessories on your camera?  It can be a hassle taking it with you. Sometimes you want to use a different tripod or accessory and switching over is time consuming as the mounting plate is different. We have solved these issues with our Monkey Latch™ system. Monkey Latch™ utilizes our one-click design, allowing you quick change overs from one accessory to another.

The Monkey Latch™ system is a universal system, it works with all cameras that have a ¼-20 mounting point. The foundation is 4 products:

  • The Monkey Latch™ Base Plate fits perfectly under an SLR and can be used with many variations of digital cameras. Also, the Base Plate can be used with video recorders as well.
  • The Tripod Mount will work with all tripods that have ¼-20 mounting screw.
  • The Pack Mount attachment will work with most backpack straps. The max and min dimensions useable with this component are: 1.5"-3" wide x 0.25"-0.75" thick.
  • The Sling Mount attachment will work with any sling that has ¼-20 mounting screw. 

What we are making

Our final goal is to create a product line that covers many different areas using our Monkey Latch™ One-Click Camera Mounts. We are creating the 4 foundations for the product line with this Kickstarter and these products are:

  • Base Plate  - (mounts into the camera) - this will be the foundation point for the complete product line.  As new products come on the market they will  all be compatible with this clip.
Monkey Latch™ - Base Plate
Monkey Latch™ - Base Plate
  • Tripod Mount (mounts on any tripod, monopod, or accessory that uses a ¼-20 mounting screw)
Monkey Latch™ - Tripod Mount
Monkey Latch™ - Tripod Mount
  • Pack Mount  - Backpack Strap attachment (allows you to clip your camera onto your backpack for active users)
Monkey Latch™ - Pack Mount
Monkey Latch™ - Pack Mount
  • Sling Mount - (mounts on any sling that uses a ¼-20 mounting screw).  It makes your sling just that much more versatile.  
  • **Sling mount will be included in every kit over $75**
  • **Sling is not included**
Monkey Latch™  Sling Mount
Monkey Latch™ Sling Mount
Monkey Latch™ - Sling Mount with Sling
Monkey Latch™ - Sling Mount with Sling
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Features

The great thing about this design is the Monkey Latch™ Base Plate can live on the bottom of your camera with little interference when it is not in use.  You would install the Base Plate once and it would always be there for you when you need it.  It will not interfere with the battery door on the most common SLR cameras

The Base Plate will allow you to efficiently use multiple accessories with your camera with a very short changeover time.  For example if you were switching from one tripod to another (different shows) it would normally take a few minutes as you would need a few steps to complete the process:

  • remove camera from tripod 1
  • unscrew shoe from the the camera
  • replace shoe in tripod 1
  • remove the shoe from tripod 2
  • screw the shoe from tripod 2 to camera
  • attach camera to tripod 2

With our design it would take only a few seconds as you would:

  • unclip from tripod 1
  • click to tripod 2
Monkey Latch™ - Tripod Mount attaches to different tripods
Monkey Latch™ - Tripod Mount attaches to different tripods

This will allow you to be flexible in the gear you choose to use and it will keep you mobile. It is a very user friendly experience. It will make your days out shooting more efficient and more effective.

With the Pack Mount that attaches to your back pack strap it will allow you to have your camera accessible and ready at a moments notice. Take the camera from your strap to your tripod in seconds.  It all works seamlessly together when using the Monkey Latch™.

It is a secure experience, all major body and stress components are made out of Aluminum Alloy die cast or CNC'd from solid aluminum.  We have a few stamped metal pieces that are stamped from Stainless steel.  We have 2 polypropylene parts used for slide locks, one that is on the Base Plate and the other is on the Pack Mount.  The Base Clip has a secure locking mechanism that provides the user with an audible "CLICK" when it has engaged.

An added feature on the Base Plate is the "lockout".  This is a tab on the side of the clip that can be engaged when used with the Tripod Mount.  This removes the majority of movement or play between the Base Plate and Tripod Mount.  We added this to make sure the camera is stable and does not move during shooting as any movement can ruin those slow captures. 

We will be asked about the strength of the product  and we have designed and tested for this.  We have done tests and the clip has held over 50lbs of force in all directions (we can upload these testing videos to the update page as we move forward).  We are confident it will be secure and strong enough to hold your camera gear. 

Mirrorless Cameras

We made the Monkey Latch™ into as small a package as possible for 2 reasons:

  • to keep the weight addition to a minimum
  • to allow it attach to most Mirrorless cameras on the market now.

We intentionally placed the Mounting screw closer to the back of the Base Plate to ensure it would not protrude out from the back of the camera; interfering the control of the camera.

As long as the lens does not protrude below the bottom surface of the camera, Monkey Latch can be used with your camera. As shown here is a Fuji X-Pro 1 with Base Plate attached and it works perfectly.

Base Plate on Mirrorless Fuji X Pro1
Base Plate on Mirrorless Fuji X Pro1
Base Plate Dimensions
Base Plate Dimensions

How it All Works

For a more detailed look at how all the components function and work together please take a look at this video.

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Background

We started this project approximately 5 years ago as we were frustrated using our SLR's with bags, and other options for carrying the camera. We knew there was a better way to mount and use a camera than what was currently available on the market.

We have been working on this on the side of our current jobs and so it took time to get where we are today. We gave up a few times. But we kept coming back to this project as we knew that it was a useful application - related, we hope you do to!

We have taken this project through many development cycles and have refined the design over the past number of years. We have prototyped 100's of pcs to get this product to this point today. (3D printers are worth the investment!) The design has been tested every way and we know we have created a solid, reliable product.

During the development process we have applied for and been issued a US patent on our product.

Why we are here

We have invested a lot in this project and we need some help to complete our final step of this project and that is the production. Our hope is that you see the benefits of this product or that it interests you and you make the decision to partner with us to make this product a reality.

Monkey Latch is 2 people, Wilson Tse and Craig Hansen:

Wilson has worked as a mechanical designer for the past 10 years.  He has worked with independent inventors to bring their concepts to reality.  He has also worked most recently with large consumer electronic companies to bring their product offerings to the market.  

Craig is the owner of a product development company that develops customers products from concept all the way through production and logistics to getting the product to their warehouse.  He has extensive experience working in China with manufacturers to create various products.


Rewards

Please check out the rewards to see how you can get involved. Below is a matrix that will simplify the reward structure and which products are included in each kit.  The rewards are priced so that you will receive physical product with your backing, at a price that will be lower than retail when the product goes to market.

Reward Matrix
Reward Matrix

Early Bird offering

We have 2 early bird offers:

  • 100 sets of our  "On the Go" kit at $75 which is an additional $15 off the regualr Kickstarter price. This includes shipping to your location.
  • 25 sets of our "Multi Kit" at $100 which is also an additional $15 off the regular kickstarter price .

A great value and reward for supporting us early.   We thank you for your time and interest.

Risks and challenges

We have overcome many obstacles and challenges already during the design and development phase with a number of prototypes. All of the design adjustments have already been made and the product is completely tooled.

At this stage we are ready for production. We have extensive experience from our gained work experience in design and manufacture of retail products to bring this to completion.

As mentioned all tooling has been completed for all components of the product. We do not foresee any delays with the production of the products.

Issues that could possibly arise are mainly to do with shipping and logistics of the product. There is always a risk of customs delay and other shipping delays that may delay of our fulfillment of rewards. However, these are minimal risks and we have built in enough buffer with any potential delays that it should not affect the timelines we have advised for the rewards. Acts of god are also not accounted for in the timeline.

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    Pledge CA$ 2 or more About US$ 1.49

    You like our project and want to see it happen. We'll keep you in the loop with all the updates. Thank you!!

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    Monkey stickers. Stickers are fun and we like our logo you may too. We will keep you in the loop with all of our updates. Thanks for the support.

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    Basic Kit:
    1 - Monkey Latch™ Base Plate
    1 - Monkey Latch™ Tripod mount

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    Basic Sling Kit:
    1 - Monkey Latch™ Base Plate
    1 - Monkey Latch™ Sling Mount

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    EARLY BIRD OFFERING - additional $15 (CAD) off of Kickstarter price.

    On the Go kit:
    1- Monkey Latch™ Base Plate
    1 - Monkey Latch™Tripod Mount
    1 - Monkey Latch™ Pack Mount

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    Quick Kit:
    1 - Monkey Latch™ Base Plate
    1 - Monkey Latch™ Tripod Mount
    1 - Monkey Latch™ Sling Mount

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    Studio Kit:

    1 - Monkey Latch™ Base Plate
    2 - Monkey Latch™ Tripod Mounts

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    Pledge CA$ 90 or more About US$ 67

    On the Go kit:
    1- Monkey Latch™ Base Plate
    1 - Monkey Latch™Tripod Mount
    1 - Monkey Latch™ Pack Mount
    1 - Monkey Latch™ Sling Mount

    (Sling Mount included in every Kit over $75, please refer to product matrix on project page)

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    EARLY BIRD OFFERING #2 - additional $15 (CAD) off of Kickstarter price.

    Multi Kit:
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    2 - Monkey Latch™Tripod Mounts
    1 - Monkey Latch™ Pack Mount

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    Pledge CA$ 115 or more About US$ 86

    Multi Kit:
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    Dual Camera kit:
    2- Monkey Latch™ Base Plates
    4 - Monkey Latch™ Tripod Mounts
    1 - Monkey Latch™ Pack Mount

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Funding period

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