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The CAMS Pro line of a products is a revolutionary way to carry, shoot, and mount your pro bodied or gripped camera and telephoto lens. Read more

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This project was successfully funded on September 22.

The CAMS Pro line of a products is a revolutionary way to carry, shoot, and mount your pro bodied or gripped camera and telephoto lens.

About this project

Carry And Mount System started off with the simple goal of mating a bottom-mounted sling strap to a camera in a way that would not interfere with using a vertical shooting grip. We did not set out to develop a plate that was Arca-compatible and made the vertical grip more comfortable to use, but when we mounted the first machined prototypes, we found that we had surpassed our original intent by far. Fortunately, we did not stop there. Involving other photographers led us to rethinking the strap and strap connection and adding the threaded insert (which seems so obvious now). Using hindsight to our advantage, the lens plate evolved quickly into a natural companion of the camera plate, as essential to the system as the telephoto lens is to the photographer.

Each component of CAMS is designed to offer the perfect balance of comfort, convenience, and strength. Here’s a piece by piece breakdown of how we achieved just that:

CAMS Pro Camera Plate

 
  • Ergonomics – low profile design fits comfortably under your hand when using vertical grip
  • Precision Forged Construction – eliminates excessive machining while yielding a stronger part
  • Strength –7075-T6 aluminum is almost twice as strong as standard 6061-T6
  • Quick connect to tripod – no need to remove strap or install another plate to mount on Arca Swiss style screw and lever quick release clamps
  • Quick connect to monopod or other accessory – plate includes a durable ¼-20 Time-Sert steel thread insert
  • Strapless at the push of a button – integrated socket for quick disconnect fastener lets you ditch the strap in a flash
  • Hard Anodized – ultra-hard finish on plate stands up to abuse
  • Homegrown – Plate forged overseas. All other components sourced stateside.
  • Hidden Safety Stops – Dovetail plate has unique built-in safety stop feature removing the need for protruding stop screws
  • Seamlessly integrates with your camera – black finish and textured grips* match most DSLRs. Battery compartment remains easily accessed
  • Convenience - Camera remains stable sitting on flat surface

CAMS Pro Lens Plate

  • Ergonomics – low profile design fits comfortably in your hand when supporting telephoto lens by tripod foot
  • Precision Forged Construction – eliminates excessive machining while yielding a stronger part
  • Strength –7075-T6 aluminum is almost twice as strong as standard 6061-T6
  • Quick connect to tripod – no need to install another plate to mount on Arca Swiss style screw and lever quick release clamps
  • Quick connect to monopod or other accessory – plate includes a durable ¼-20 Time-Sert steel thread insert
  • Hard Anodized – ultra-hard finish on plate stands up to abuse
  • Homegrown – Plate forged overseas. All other components sourced stateside

CAMS Pro Sling Strap

  • Ergonomics - Curved neoprene strap with internal reinforcement lightens a heavy load
  • Strength – Quick Disconnect Fastener holds hundreds of pounds yet offers unmatched simplicity to release
  • Style - Unique quilting pattern adds pop without being distracting
  • Convenience - Velcro strap manager keeps strap bulk to a minimum and grippy underside keeps the strap where it belongs
  • Homegrown – 100% made in USA

*About those textured grips…The pre-production/prototype camera and lens plate grips shown have no textured applied. Part of your funding will go towards etching the injection molding tools to create the same leather-like texture used on your camera body’s grips.

Tested and Proven

We've created numerous prototypes and refined them through rigorous testing and feedback from seasoned professionals. We started by assessing the general shape and height of a protruding feature on the grip that could be tolerated by a variety of hand sizes. With that established, we proceeded with sculpting the plate to transform it from "tolerable" to "unnoticeable." When we started receiving feedback that the vertical grip was even more comfortable with the plate mounted, we knew we had something good. Then we got stuck. We needed a low-profile fastener to match the height of the plate but that necessitated a tool for removal. Bottom-mounting has several advantages but occupying the camera's tripod socket and needing a tool to regain access to that point was a show-stopper for fast-paced event shooters. We struggled with various accessories which would make plate removal less of an issue but couldn't accept adding an extra step when wanting to convert to tripod or monopod shooting. Then the light bulb came on and the rest is, well, CAMS.

How strong is the CAMS Quick Disconnect?

We have had a few questions about the strength of the CAMS Quick Disconnect Fastener and Camera Plate, and if we have tested the connection. Pictured above is all 175 lbs of Joe hanging from the Fastener and Camera Plate. The connection passed the test and functioned like new afterwards. Now let’s just hope Joe doesn't develop a complex from revealing his weight!


Two Options for Fasteners

Standard button (left) / Flush button (right)

We have received feedback here on Kickstarter expressing concern about unintentional camera release due to the protruding button on our fastener. We want everyone to feel fully secure in carrying their camera with our system so we have decided to offer an alternate version of the fastener as an option with your strap or upgrader kit order. As you can see in the pictures above, this alternative fastener (on the right) has a flush design that requires the button be pushed 3mm [~1/8”] below the top surface of the fastener to release.

We will be sending out a survey at the end of the campaign allowing you to select which version you prefer. Note that the actual finish will match our current fastener (on the left).

WTF: Why The Forging?

You may be wondering why we selected precision forging a s the production method of choice for our plates given the abundance of projects on Kickstarter utilizing CNC machined components. Precision forging’s biggest selling point for us is the ability to create complex surfaces from a solid billet of aluminum in a matter of seconds. Rather than slowly chipping away at the contours of our plate with a ball-end mill, two halves of a forging die are brought together under tremendous pressure creating the “rough” forging shown below. This piece is then trimmed, machined in a few critical areas, and anodized to create the finished product. The result is a part with intricate detail that is stronger than its machined or die cast counterpart and doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. 

Quality Control 

 Right after we launched Kickstarter we were precisely measuring our first article production camera plates with an extremely accurate coordinate measuring machine to ensure we provide you with the best quality parts that will function exactly as we planned.

Why $25,000?

In addition to the texture mentioned above, we still need to build tooling for several parts of the system including a second forging die for the lens plate. And while forging affords us great flexibility in the design of our parts, it is not a process that is well-suited to only producing a few part s. Included in our funding goal is money to purchase the first production run of components at a quantity that suits all of our vendors.

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Risks and challenges

While we have made every effort to ensure these products can be delivered in a timely manner, we only have true control over the final assembly steps. We are relying on well-qualified vendors across the country and even one on the other side of the world to produce the components that make up CAMS. We have already selected specific vendors for each component and they have committed to helping us meet our production goals.

We’ve even gone one step further as you’ve seen, and have pushed past the prototype stage already in several areas, creating an initial set of forging dies for the camera plate and molds for the camera plate grips. That alone eliminates the biggest risk in our minds for this project but as experienced product designers, we know that a successful small initial run doesn’t always guarantee a flawless production run. Thankfully, we’ve been down this road several times before and have a close working relationship with our vendors such that any mishaps in production can be quickly corrected.

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FAQ

  • Yes, we have tested the fastener connected to our camera plate up to 175 lbs without failure. See pictures above and in update #2.

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  • Excellent question! We had a similar concern when we first considered using this fastener. We quickly got over that fear after using it, though. A couple things to know about this fastener: Our supplier has been making these quick disconnects for use with firearms for over 60 years. They are designed so the engagement features do not retract until the button is fully depressed, which due to a relatively stiff spring would be extremely unlikely to happen by accident. The button is also only 9mm/~ 3/8” in diameter (perfect for the size of your thumb) but a pretty small target to accidentally get bumped. And the button has some level of protection from the strap loop which is located in close proximity to it. To us, this fastener is the perfect balance between secure and quick to disconnect. We have been using this style fastener with prototype plates for a full year and we have other working pros that have been doing the same with our forged plates through this summer. None of us have had an accidental release to date.

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  • YES! One of our pet peeves of the center-mounted sling straps was the fact that the camera did not sit stable. We intentionally designed our plate to keep the camera as flat as we could so stability was not an issue, as you can see above in our update #3. Keep the great questions coming, and keep spreading the word!

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  • We haven't been able to evaluate every possible combination so we could use your help to get some additional fitment feedback. We just posted downloadable PDF templates of both the camera and lens plates so that you can get a sense of how they will look mounted on your camera or lens.

    Be sure to print at 100% and verify scale using the graphic ruler. Let us know what you find out about some of the more unusual combinations.

    Pro Camera Plate: http://www.cams-photo.com/templates/CAMS_Pro_Camera_Plate_Template.pdf
    Pro Lens Plate: http://www.cams-photo.com/templates/CAMS_Pro_Lens_Plate_Template.pdf

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    The Key Master – Get a cool keychain using the same fancy Quick Disconnect Fastener that our camera plate uses.

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    The Early Lens Guru – Be one of the first to receive a Pro Lens Plate and enjoy new comfort holding your big lens. Your Arca-Swiss style clamp will like it almost as much as you will. Grab one for each of your telephotos!

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    The Lens Guru - Receive a Pro Lens Plate and enjoy new comfort holding your big lens. Your Arca-Swiss style clamp will like it almost as much as you will. Grab one for each of your telephotos!

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    The Early Upgrader - Be one of the first to receive a Pro Camera Plate with Quick Disconnect Fastener as an upgrade for your current strap. Reclaim your vertical shooting grip and lock into your Arca-Swiss style clamp with ease. Buy two sets if you rock a dual strap!

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    The Upgrader - Receive a Pro Camera Plate with Quick Disconnect Fastener as an upgrade for your current strap. Reclaim your vertical shooting grip and lock into your Arca-Swiss style clamp with ease. Buy two sets if you rock a dual strap!

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    The Early Strap Pro – Ok, now we are talking. You will be one of the first to receive a Pro Strap and Camera Plate just like you saw us using in the video. You are going to love it!

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    The Strap Pro – So you missed the early bird special? That’s alright, you will still receive a Pro Strap and Camera Plate just like you saw us using in the video. Enjoy!

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    The Early Complete PRO – You are not going to believe you ever used your camera without this! You will be one of the first to receive a Pro Strap and Camera Plate plus a Pro Lens Plate. Now get out there and keep shooting!

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    The Complete PRO – The early bird got away from you? Don’t let that keep you from getting your hands on this fantastic line-up of products. Receive a Pro Strap and Camera Plate plus a Pro Lens Plate. Now get out there and keep shooting!

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    The Early PRO TEAM –Work side by side with another photographer? Or maybe you just have gear for two? Either way you are going to be one of the very first ones to receive a system. You’ve earned it. Receive TWO Pro Straps, TWO Pro Camera Plates, and TWO Pro Lens Plates. Now that’s a kit!

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