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$1,278
pledged of $38,500pledged of $38,500 goal
43
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, December 14 2013 1:36 PM UTC +00:00

About

The Snapper Cap™ does a lot more than just protect your camera lens. It allows you to keep a formatted back-up memory card in your lens cap. If you've ever run out of the house without your memory card, or if you just prefer to take your camera but not the camera bag - this is a great solution. After all a camera is pointless without a working memory card! NOTE: I'm not suggesting that photographers keep memory cards with images in the lens cap. The Snapper Cap™ is specifically designed to keep an empty (relatively inexpensive) memory card available at a moments notice. Basically, an improved lens cap that actually helps you!

How much are your pictures worth? The Snapper Cap™ ensures that you never miss photographs of weddings, birthdays, graduations, vacations, anniversaries, camping trips, the first day of school, or any other once-in-a lifetime event!

 From original conception the low profile design has been a key component of the Snapper Cap™. The final dimensions provide the same look and feel as a traditional lens cap, keeping your memory card or wipe readily accessible until you need it. Give the Snapper Cap™ a try and you'll never go back!

Prototype with SD Card Insert
Prototype with SD Card Insert
Prototype ABS Like Material (Surface will look similar but in black)
Prototype ABS Like Material (Surface will look similar but in black)
Left: CF Insert. Right: SD Insert.
Left: CF Insert. Right: SD Insert.

How does Kickstarter work?

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Every project creator sets their project's funding goal and deadline. If people like the project, they can pledge money to make it happen. If the project succeeds in reaching its funding goal, all backers' credit cards are charged when time expires. If the project falls short, no one is charged. Funding on Kickstarter is all-or-nothing." --Kickstarter

T-Shirt Reward:

If you would like to show support for this project but you don't currently require a 67mm Snapper Cap™ this reward is for you. By selecting this reward either of these awesome T-Shirts are available. Once the funding goal is reached I will send a survey to collect the size and style you require.

"Alien" T-Shirt
"Alien" T-Shirt

The "Alien" T-Shirt is out of this world and you can be too when you show your support for the Snapper Cap™ in Alien style!

Keep Calm and Snap On!
Keep Calm and Snap On!

Keep Calm: With a Snapper Cap™ you can keep on shooting even when your primary memory card runs out of space. Show your support and help us reach our goals with this awesome shirt!

Stretch Goals:

I will consider adding stretch goals to this project once funding has been reached. It's my intention to make the following sizes: 49mm, 52mm, 58mm, 67mm, 72mm, and 77mm. NOTE: Only 67mm and larger will store Compact Flash (CF) memory cards.

Production - Delivery Timeline:

I have worked with R&D Plastics to determine a production timeline. I will make every effort to keep as close as possible to the schedule above and if any changes or delays occur I promise to keep all backers informed on those changes and provide a revised schedule.

Sizes:

Snapper Cap™ Sizes Starting With The 67mm
Snapper Cap™ Sizes Starting With The 67mm

The Advantages:

1. With a Snapper Cap™ there’s nothing additional to carry because I've turned the traditional lens cap into a multifunctional tool. The Snapper Cap™ does not change the ergonomics or aesthetics of the camera or the camera strap, insuring that the additional memory card remains out of the way until it's needed. The Snapper Cap™ is low profile with the same approximate thickness as a traditional lens cap.

2. The Snapper Cap™ is safe to use and works with standard screw-on lens filters. The inserts use four press fits that securely attach the insert and memory card to the inside of the lens cap.

3. The memory card is protected in the lens cap, and when the lens cap is attached to the camera, it is housed in a clean environment between the lens and the lens cap. Having the memory card stored in the lens cap provides the absolute quickest access to additional memory cards reducing the time spent replacing memory cards, getting you back to the job of photography faster.

4. For the price of a lens cap, the Snapper Cap™ doubles the effective memory card storage space available to the camera. This additional memory storage is readily available without the need to carry bulky camera bags. In the event that a memory card fails or you reach the primary card capacity early in a photo shoot, you can be guaranteed there is a back-up memory card available without interruption to the flow of your photography.

5. Optionally, the Snapper Cap™ can store a premoistened wipe so a lens can be cleaned on location without requiring a lens cleaning kit or the traditional alternative, the t-shirt.

6. For a 67mm lens or larger, either the Compact Flash Type One or the Secure Digital card can be stored in the lens cap by simply changing the insert. Snapper Cap™ inserts can be used to pre-stage memory cards. This makes it easy to swap memory cards from the Snapper Cap™ to your camera bag. Because memory cards are small items, having them preloaded in these inserts makes the memory cards easier to find in your camera bag.

7. The Snapper Cap™ virtually eliminates the chance that you will get to a photo shoot without a working memory card, insuring that you will get the best performance from your camera with better photography results and a more rewarding experience. These are just some of the reasons we think you're going to LOVE the Snapper Cap™.

8. QR- Code Ready: The Snapper Cap™ has adequate flat space to attach a 1" decal to its interior with your contact information making it easy to return camera equipment to the original owner.

“I believe my invention will improve the photographic experience and give busy photographers one less thing to think about. As a parent of a six year old and a toddler I’m thinking about ways to make life a little easier. A lens cap that stores a memory card is an ideal solution to some problems that busy photographers face.”

        -James Sale – Inventor of the Snapper Cap™

See Snapper Cap™ on facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/snappercap

Lens Caps Should Do More!
Lens Caps Should Do More!

Questions and Answers:

Q: How do I determine what size lens cap I need?

A: Look for text on the front of your lens that says something like this: (Ф67mm) In this example you would need a 67mm lens cap for your lens.

Q: Is the Snapper Cap™ safe to use and does it work with my filters?

A: The Snapper Cap™ is completely safe to use; when the Snapper Cap™ is attached to your lens the insert will not touch the camera glass or the filter. The insert secures the memory card or wipe to the interior of the lens cap so that everything is protected and kept away from the camera lens. The Snapper Cap™, itself, works exactly the same way that a traditional lens cap works while providing many additional advantages that will make photography more rewarding and successful. The Snapper Cap™ attaches to the screw on type filters you currently use. (It attaches exactly the same way a conventional lens cap does.) I recommend that a UV filter is used in conjunction with the Snapper Cap™.

Q: Why a squeeze type lens cap instead of the center pinch lens cap design?

A: While it's possible to design a center pinch version of the Snapper Cap™, the goal was to keep the physical dimensions (especially the cap thickness) of the lens cap similar to traditional ones. We wanted to create a design that is seamless to your normal experience with your camera while providing additional benefits.

Q: Can I use the Snapper Cap™ insert on my current lens cap?

A: No. Standard lens caps do not have adequate interior space to safely store a memory card and the Snapper Cap™ inserts have been specially designed to work with the Snapper Cap™.

Q: Can I store more than one insert in the Snapper Cap™ at a time?

A: No. Only one insert will fit in the Snapper Cap™.

Q: Does the Compact Flash insert and the Secure Digital insert work in the same Snapper Cap™, or does each one require a different lens cap?

A: Both inserts will work in the same lens cap; all you need to do is select the insert that works with your camera. In the future, all lens caps 67mm and larger will use the same size inserts allowing the inserts to be interchangeable across the size range.

Q: Does the wipe require a special insert?

A: No, the normal CF insert is used for this. However, because the premoistened wipe is slightly larger than the CF card, the edges of the packaging must slightly be trimmed and folded over. It might be possible to find another brand of wipe that has smaller packaging but this has worked fine in my testing.

Q: What about other memory card formats like the XQD memory card format?

A: I decided to start product development with the ability of storing either of the two most common memory card formats on the market today. (The CF and SD card types.) I plan on developing a XQD insert in the future; product demand will help determine how quickly this development happens.

Q: How can I get the Snapper Cap™ lens cap in other sizes?

A:  Most of the cost associated with the production of the Snapper Cap™ is the cost of tool making for the plastic injection process. Because of this, I'm starting this Kickstarter campaign with the most common cap size. After the first goal is reached, then Kickstarter backers will vote to determine the next selected size. (See stretch goals for details.) If adequate funding levels have been reached, then the next cap size determined by the backers will be produced.

Q: Will inserts be available in color?

A: Yes. starting with Kickstarter Green.

Q: What's the deal with the first production reward?

A: The molds are being constructed at offshore facilities to keep costs to a minimum. After the molds have been built, there will be a small production run for my approval. This is the first production run from the tool. Normal production runs will be filled in the State of Oregon.

Q: What about adding a hole in the Snapper Cap™ for a lens cap keeper?

A: Yes, I'm working out the details of this. The string can pass through both the lens cap and the insert. This secures the insert and memory card to the cap. A string will be included with every Snapper Cap™.

Q: How do I become a distributor?

A: If you are looking to be a local distributor, or an international distributor, please send me an email, james@snappercap.com. I will keep you updated about distributor opportunities once I have completed my Kickstarter campaign!

Loading the SD and CF card inserts:

Loading The CF Card Insert
Loading The CF Card Insert

Risks and challenges

I’ve done as much as possible to negate the risks inhererant when developing a new product and bringing the Snapper Cap™ from the initial concept into final production. Because I work as a photographer and graphic artist for a large manufacturing company in Central Oregon I have a unique understanding of the manufacturing process and the effort and commitment that it takes to build, test, and produce a new product. (Please see my biography on this page for additional background information) From the start I have enlisted the help of professionals, including professional photographers, engineers and plastics experts who have graciously offered their advice and assistance. Having made physical working prototypes to test in the field with other camera equipment has been invaluable to the product development. However not every possible scenario can be foreseen in advance. For example, the prototypes I’ve used have been produced with materials available for 3D printing and rapid prototyping. Because these materials and methods of production differ from what will be used in the plastic mold injection production there could be small design changes or delays resulting from these materials having different physical properties. Because of these risks and challenges I have continued to find professionals with backgrounds in plastic injection molding, engineering, material selection, moldflow analysis and design for manufacturing.

After thorough consideration I’ve decided to work with a custom injection molding company located in the Portland, Oregon area. Because I live and work in Oregon I will have the ability to oversee final production of the Snapper Cap™. As challenges present themselves I will use the resources that I’ve already established to find solutions necessary to overcome any unforeseen issues. I’m committed to keeping all backers of this project apprised of these details until the product is shipped and delivered to your doorstep.

Thank you for backing me and being involved in this Kickstarter project, YOU are the secret ingredient that makes this possible! Together we can change the way we work with our cameras and the way they work for us.

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