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About

Let's be frank, the world has waited long enough for a proper solution to carry and mount a DSLR, mirrorless, or enthusiast compact camera. And that solution is the new Carry And Mount System ® Standard and Mini Camera Plates and Sling Straps.

When we launched the CAMS Pro Camera Plate and Sling Strap, we filled a gaping hole for pro and enthusiast owners of cameras with vertical shooting grips wanting an ergonomic solution for using their cameras with a sling strap and Arca Swiss-style quick release clamps. We're now so excited to finally be bringing those same features and more to a much broader audience, namely those of you who'd rather not tote a 6 lbs./3 kg. body and lens around.

Our Pro Camera Plate and Strap is considered one of the best ways to carry and mount a Pro-body or gripped DSLR for the way it seamlessly integrates an Arca-Swiss-style quick release plate, 1/4"-20 mounting hole, and locking sling strap connection all in a package that fits comfortably under a photographer's hand.

CAMS Pro Camera Plate and Strap (current product)
CAMS Pro Camera Plate and Strap (current product)

 

 

When we set out to bring that level of integration to the ungripped and mirrorless market we didn't let the smaller camera bodies decrease the feature set. By default, we incorporated all the time saving features of the Pro Camera Plate: Arca-Swiss style quick release clamp compatibility, 1/4"-20 hole for monopods and other accessories, and locking quick-disconnect fastener for sling strap attachment. We have compiled a lot of feedback from users and would-be customers (if our Pro Camera Plate only fit their camera) and designed our new Standard and Mini plates to also meet those wants and needs. To that end, we've added hex key stowage for plate removal in the field, SD card storage for a convenient on-the-go backup, a center indicator on the Arca-Swiss-style dovetail for precise tripod shooting, a hand strap attachment loop, and most importantly, easy access to the battery door without removing the plate.

Arca Style Dovetail
Arca Style Dovetail

 

SD Card Storage
SD Card Storage

 

Hex Key Stowage
Hex Key Stowage

 

Hand strap attachment loop (hand strap NOT included)
Hand strap attachment loop (hand strap NOT included)

 

 

Battery Door Clearance
Battery Door Clearance

 

In addition, we've retained compatibility with the same strap as the Pro Camera Plate but tweaked our geometry to allow for an overall height reduction, making for an ultra-slim 12mm/.47" max thickness plate. The entirely smooth outer surface not only looks clean, it also provides a stable platform for setting your camera down on a table, especially useful for thin mirrorless bodies with pancake lenses.

 

 

 

Due to the wide variety of cameras sizes and, more importantly, varying distance from tripod socket to battery door, we have designed two different sizes of plates to accommodate as many cameras as possible while maximizing the functionality of the plates. Along the same lines, the fastener hole is now slotted for adjustability to match your camera body and ensure that the strap connector doesn't touch your LCD screen.

Slotted Fastener Attachment
Slotted Fastener Attachment

Finally, thanks to our videographer, Brett of One Light Imaging, we became aware of an interference issue with the tilting LCD screen on some of the Sony mirrorless bodies. While most of the prototypes shown do not incorporate this change, we have found a solution with a slight modification to the plate and rubber which allows nearly full downward tilt of the screen. Better late than never!

On the strap front, we have also added two new camera slings, the CAMS Minima Strap, a unique, simple, and highly adjustable 100% webbing sling, and the Pelle Strap in exquisite black leather.

The CAMS Minima Strap is a military-grade webbing-based strap that saves precious space inside your camera bag folding into a pocket-sized bundle yet it can accommodate pretty much any torso with its unique design. A simple slider lets you quickly shorten your strap for on-the-go stability or lengthen it for shooting freedom. This minimalist design works best with lighter cameras but it is strong enough to handle anything you might wish to attach to it.

CAMS Standard Plate (Silver) and Minima Strap
CAMS Standard Plate (Silver) and Minima Strap

The CAMS Pelle Strap adds some missing style and class to the act of carrying a camera. In the same avant-garde spirit as the Minima Strap , this full-grain leather sling with nickel-plated hardware and rivets and embossed CAMS logos is intended to be subtle, bordering on discreet, yet clearly not your ordinary camera strap. Two sizes accommodate most torsos using the simple belt-style adjustment.

CAMS Standard Plate (Silver) and Pelle Strap
CAMS Standard Plate (Silver) and Pelle Strap

Of course, all of these new developments come at a price, and that's why we need your help. Here's a short list of challenges facing us in getting these products to market:

  • Minimum order quantities for new CNC plates and other small parts in order to drive down production costs
  • Leather strap production and embossing tooling
  • Forging and thread-rolling dies for custom 1/4"-20 screw for plate attachment
  • Production compression molding tooling for bottom rubber grip
  • Assembly fixtures

 

Risks and challenges

The risks for this project are similar to many other projects where custom parts are being produced. Making a few of something is often far easier than making many hundreds or thousands with consistent accuracy. Thankfully, from past experience and prior projects like our first Kickstarter we have a handful of trusted vendors who we will once again be putting our faith in, along with an appropriate amount of our expert guidance, to help us produce this latest Carry And Mount System ® offering. We also learned a lot about assembly of CAMS products with a few mishaps in the beginning that we won't let trip us up again.

However, anything new can bring new and unforeseen challenges and we trust you'll remain patient as we jump any unexpected hurdles presented to us along the way to fulfilling your order.

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