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CA$ 1,282
pledged of 10 000 CA$ pledged of 10 000 CA$ goal
35
backers
0seconds to go
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, March 8 2014 5:44 PM UTC +00:00

About


DISCLAIMER: Some of you guys are asking if a strap comes with the Steadsnap. I just wanted to clarify that all the units come without any kind of strap. Just throwing that out there...


Background


With Steadsnap we want to create a more seamless experience for the professional and amateur photographer/videographer alike.

The idea for Steadsnap came from Yuri, a professional photographer in the medical photography and videography field. Since the shoot is a very organic and dynamic environment, one often needs to adapt to different situations quickly.

Yuri wanted something that would help him quickly switch between shooting off the tripod and off the shoulder strap. Working in a hospital, staff and physicians would often ask to shoot video for a few seconds and switch to photos instantly and there were several times when the camera either fell or almost contaminated the operating field. Yuri wanted a safe and easy way to switch between the tripod and the shoulder strap.

We then got to thinking and came up with a first, very rough, prototype for a simple and elegant solution - Steadsnap. The Steadsnap can replace the fastener, which comes with most shoulder straps. Steadsnap attaches to your camera, tripod plate and strap. This provides a very secure position for the photographer to be able to take the camera off of the tripod and get into a very active shooting situation seamlessly.

Several prototypes, a lot of challenges and some really badly needed successes later we have our final prototype. All we need to do is finalize our production partner, put a logo on the unit and get an order of packages. We really need the Kickstarter community's support for that final push!

Specs

  • We used the same grade Aluminum that's used in the making of components for multi-million dollar production machines used in the paper production industry - it's a one solid piece unit for a reason, it's tough
  • Size designed to provide optimal surface area between unit and camera/tripod plate while keeping the unit small and light to be able to throw it in your pocket
  • Hard anodized, matte finish surface. Let's face it, a unit like this that sees a lot of action will have scratches, we have done all that is possible to take that to a minimum
  • 2 strap attachment holes create easy access to your strap - tried and tested in the field

Where it started

We began working on Steadsnap during the winter of 2013, putting down really rough drafts of what we imagined would work well. Luckily we had friends and family who were tool & die professionals, a mechanical engineer and industrial designers - they were all there to laugh at our initial caricatures and help us out by giving proper guidance.

By beginning of March, my father took our idea and helped us by making the first ever prototype. Heavy and crude, it was fashioned out of steel. Yet, it was functional and brought our idea into the physical world.

In May we got lucky as well because we found Ned Cotic. Ned had a local shop and offered to make us prototypes manually for free! For Ned: thank you for your patience! He took the prototype from crude, to funky, to what we have now.

Aluminum vs Steel
Aluminum vs Steel

Our next task was to find someone with a bigger shop and CNC machines capable of making the complete product. This part took the longest, as we went on a bit of a hiatus, focusing on a lot of personal changes and challenges.

Where it's going

Fast forward to a few months ago when Yuri and I started coming up with ideas for, and shooting the Kickstarter video. We had a final prototype from Ned, but needed to find a bigger shop with the right CNC machinery to be able to automate the entire process. We were shooting the video and looking for a shop at the same time.

Finally about a month ago we found a shop with an owner who shares a vision for two young people going out and trying something new. We are able to make the entire unit in one place. The CNC mill and lathe create the body of the piece and the threading (both male/female ends), then a logo is etched on the unit and finally the unit is anodized. The packaging and protective washers are the only outstanding parts of the whole package.

1. We will need 1 month after the end of the (fingers crossed) successful Kickstarter campaign to order and receive a shipment of Steadsnap units.

2. We will need to order at least 1000 units in order to keep our cost at the most efficient rate.

3. Within the same month we will order a package and washer for each unit

4. Within 1 week of receiving our orders we will individually check each unit to a camera to make sure there are no defects in the batch and package all of them

5. Within 2 weeks of testing we want to send out all of the units to all of our $25 and up backers

6. As soon as the Kickstarter campaign ends and funding is received we begin building our website and launching a boot-strapped marketing campaign (this task begins at the same time as the first order of the 1000 black units and 500 red units for the $70 backers)

The entire production is scheduled to last for 1 month and 3 quarters, however in order to be fair we want to use a conservative estimate of 2.5 months overall, from end of campaign to backers holding a Steadsnap in his/her hand.

Risks and challenges

Life, like the project, is full of challenges and obstacles. Both Yuri and I work full time jobs and we constantly have to battle time constraints. However, we are focused and dedicated to this project. We have made a commitment to follow this through to the end. This isn't even so much a business commitment, but a personal commitment to see how far we can really push ourselves to succeed. We have put together a comprehensive schedule for ourselves and are actively looking for another person to join the team, who can work during the day in order to overcome our time constraints.

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    Pledge CA$ 10 or more About $8

    No pens, no T-shirts, no fluff. Just your support in our idea. Every dollar counts and helps us to further the goal of achieving this project to the end. $10 might not seem like a lot, but each $10 lets us know that you guys are with us in this.

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    Pledge CA$ 25 or more About $19

    We really want to be able to hit $25 as the price for one of these units and thought it fair to provide each backer with 1 Steadsnap for each of these pledges.

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    Pledge CA$ 40 or more About $30

    We want to offer something a little extra for giving us a little extra. We'll send you a Steadsnap. In addition, if Steadsnap is a success, we want to hear ideas from YOU on what kinds of new products we should start working on. If we like your suggestion, we'll name the product together with you and make a dedication on our website to your name.

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    Pledge CA$ 50 or more About $38

    This is a pledge created by request. It's simple, you get 2 Steadsnaps. :)

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    Pledge CA$ 70 or more About $53

    You really like us! Fine. We will send you a special red Steadsnap; these will be made in limited quantity and only made once. We will also dedicate a page on our website to premium pledges, your name will be immortalized for eternity.

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Funding period

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