A prototype is a preliminary model of something. Projects that offer physical products need to show backers documentation of a working prototype. This gallery features photos, videos, and other visual documentation that will give backers a sense of what’s been accomplished so far and what’s left to do. Though the development process can vary for each project, these are the stages we typically see:
Proof of Concept
Explorations that test ideas and functionality.
Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.
Looks like the final product, but is not functional.
Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.
Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.
Preorder system will be up and running one day after the campaign ends.
We added a video showing how well a Rana bag withstands water. Video is available below, after the "What Fits" video.
Not long after we shot that video, it rained. We were able to do a second shoot, with real rain, and longer duration. This video is posted just below the first rain test video.
The first review of the Rana Series has just been published at findingrange.com, here is part of the conclusion :
"You are really getting a fantastic bag here. This wasn’t a bag that was just slopped together, and marketed as something for a photographer. All one needs is a closer look, and one can tell that this bag was designed by photographers for photographers. One can tell that the people at Cravar have a passion for what they do, and that scores a lot of points for me. The quality, and all the little details are here.
As I mentioned in my review, the materials used are top notch, and the manufacturing is excellent, so the Rana 10 is made to last. At the same time, it also offers excellent protection for one’s gear, and plenty of customization to specifically suit an individual’s needs. Plus, the overall design itself is really good. Function wise, it’s more than just a good looking bag. It’s easy to use, and comfortable, so you’ll want to take it with you everywhere.
The truth is, I’m kind of amazed that this was Cravar’s first attempt at making a series specifically targeting photographers because I feel the Rana 10 can definitely run with the big boys as they say. Bottom line is the Rana 10 is excellent, and deserving of a place in the premium leather bag world."
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Classic messenger field bag silhouette, matched with well thought out camera bag features.
Rana 15 specifics :
Fits a camera and up to 3 lenses (more if you're using smaller format) and most 15" screen laptop.
Top padded handle, with aluminium reinforced top flap.
Luggage handle slot at the back.
Two spacious front pockets, one full width back pocket.
1 Laptop / Work Panel, 3 Vertical, 2 Stack dividers.
Exterior (W * H * D) : 15.2" * 10.6" * 5.1" / 38.5 * 27 * 13 cm.
Interior (W * H * D) : 14.4" * 9.8" * 4.7" / 36.5 * 25 * 12 cm.
Max laptop size : 14.2" * 9.8" / 36 * 25 cm, can tightly fit slightly bigger laptop.
Weight : 2.2 lbs. / 1,000 grams - with shoulder strap & all 3 dividers.
Apologies for the rather awful laptop and tablet analogues in the video below. We didn't have any on hand during the quick shoot so we used leather scraps pressed together to simulate the dimensions (including thickness) of MacBook Pro 15,13, iPad, and iPad Mini.
The bags are shown in this order :
Rana 15 - Fits a full frame DSLR with lens, 70-200, 2 shorter lenses, and a simulation of MBP 15.
Rana 13 - Fits the same items, except, the laptop simulated was the MBP 13.
Rana 10 - Fits full frame DSLR with lens, an additional lens, and a simulated iPad.
Rana 7 - Fits full frame DSLR with lens and a simulated iPad Mini.
Naturally, if you are using a smaller format like a rangefinder, or mirrorless system, you can fit more gear to your Rana bag.
We received quite a lot of questions on how well the Rana bags repel water, so we decided to shoot this video. We only have a small pocket digital camera with us, and it gave overheating warning at the 5 minute mark, so we couldn't do a longer take.
The video was done in one take to show that we didn't interfere with the result.
We sprayed the bag in different ways : dispersed spray from top, a bit sideways, moving side to side, and direct spray.
At times my aim missed a bit but always quickly corrected.
As you can see the Sunbrella lining, the insides, and the paper we put inside the bag are all dry.
Lastly, please excuse the back wall, as for the kiddy pool, we didn't feel like wasting water. :)
Fortunately it rained pretty hard a few hours after we shot the video above, so we we able to shoot a second one, in real rain, also in one take but thanks to the colder weather, we were able to do an 11 minute shot before the camera started giving overheat warning. Spoiler : like in the 1st video the inside was dry.
Our aim for the closure is to be silent compared to Velcro, faster compared to a buckle, and more secure compared to magnets. We use a simple brass stud & leather slot system to achieve those aims. With the Rana Series, you can secure your bags in three ways.
1. Fasten the body strap to the brass stud, and have quick access to your gear.
2. For a more secure closure, you can slide the end of the body strap into the leather slot below the stud. (Tip : sliding the strap end first then fastening the stud is easier).
3. For fastest, but least secure closure, leave the body straps unfastened during a shoot (please mind your surroundings if you choose to do this).
All Rana bags are padded with closed-cell foam with extra padding on the bottom. Add the leather material and the leather body straps that go completely around the bag, and your gear are very well protected.
Each bag comes with 3 kinds of divider : laptop/tablet, vertical, and stack divider. They'll provide the versatility to adapt to your camera gear and daily carry needs.
When used as a daily bag, flip the laptop/tablet divider and you'll get inside pockets, perfect to store your phone, power bank, and pens.
Tip : when used as a camera bag, insert the laptop divider with the work panel facing back and down. (so your laptop or iPad doesn't catch on the pockets' slot.
The shoulder strap is adjustable and will stay at the same length, the strap won't slide because we use a buckle; it's removable; and secure because you fasten it using small buckles underneath the shoulder strap.
We redesigned our shoulder pad for comfort, it's now lighter, longer, and better padded. The padded part of the shoulder pad is roughly 25 cm (10") long. The bottom padding is divided into segments to curve better to your shoulder.
The top handle on the Rana 13 & 15 is padded for comfort and is placed centered, it won't tilt to the front when you carry them briefcase style. Plus, their top panel is reinforced with an aluminium strip to maintain the bag's shape when carried by the handle.
Available on the Rana 15 & 13. This feature will make it a lot easier & more convenient for you to bring your Rana bags along in your travel.
Make your Rana bags more personal by adding your initials! Max 3 upper case letters only. The letters are 8 mm tall, available in 2 fonts, Telefon or Satyr.
You can also order a custom made stamp. The max size of the stamp is 1.5"x1.5" / 4x4 cm, we'll propose the ideal size for you in proportion to your bag.
Add $25 to your plegde to get custom engraving for your bags.
You can choose the color of its body straps, whether to have it match the rest of the bag, or choose a different color for a bit of contrast. If you want to have both colors of the body straps, you can add :
$10 for Rana 7 / 10 (single body strap)
$19 for Rana 13 / 15 (a pair of body straps)
This add-on is for body straps only and doesn't include a set of shoulder strap.
First, to clear up any confusion, veg-tanned leather does not mean that we use vegan/imitation/synthetic/faux leather, it refers to how we use natural tannins found in plants in tanning our leather.
Veg-tanned leather takes a long time to finish (about two months in our case), it's harder to find tanneries with workers skilled in it, and it costs more in general.
However, it is all worth it because it has a beautiful more organic look with natural grains, it's not polished to "perfection" and the irregularity gives each piece a unique aesthetic, it’s strong and durable, and it will change over time, growing softer and darker, acquiring a nice patina as it ages, making each bag unique.
Full grain means that our leather has all the grain of the leather's layer and that makes it strong. Our leather is not sanded/buffed down to take away its surface imperfections at the expense of strength. Rather, we prefer its natural look and feel, with all its markings and grain characteristics.
We have two color option in this campaign, Fox and Espresso. Both colors have slightly darker and lighter shade here and there, due to the waxes and oils we use that gives it a nice, slightly vintage look.
Our buckles, ring, stud and rivets are made from solid brass with a slightly antique finish. We don't cut cost by using "brass finish" accessories made from mystery metal. On the Rana 13 & 15, the top panel is reinforced with an aluminium strip.
We also took care to not have the accessories visible on the inside of the bag, you won't have to worry about them scratching the bag's contents and photo gears.
The inside shell of the bag and one side of the work panel will be made from acrylic based Sunbrella™ fabric. It's a tough and water resistant fabric, like leather it will soften as it ages. The dividers and one side of the work panel will be made from soft linen. To match the interior of the the bags to their exterior we use leather strips to join the seams on the inside where most other bags would either leave it as is, or use a narrow fabric to lower cost.
Cravar was founded by Yoki P. Baskara & Rama Luhur, with Vega joining later on. Photography has always been a big part of Yoki's life. So much so that after finishing his studies, he started a photography studio.
Leather goods has also always been there in the background. Yoki once took a backpack trip to Florence, Italy and it was there that he first seriously considered making leather goods. The first leather goods he made was born from combining those two passions, a simple leather photo album.
He has since sold the photography business to focus on Cravar. The Rana series is our chance to once again merge two things we are passionate about.
Kickstarter has been a big part of our growth since we launched our first collection in 2013. We quickly learned the ins and outs of preparing, running and most importantly delivering on crowdfunding campaigns. We are very grateful to have a lot of repeat backers supporting us again and again (and we hope to see you here too, do drop by and say hi in the comments!)
We believe it's very important to be open, cooperative and responsive to our backers. Since our first campaign, we have shipped our goods to thousands of happy customers all over the world. It's a point of pride for us to run a great campaign from the start to the delivery. We are confident that we will deliver a wonderful campaign, but only with your help and support, will it be a reality.
Campaign : October.
Supplies : November.
Production : November - Continuous.
Shipping : Late Jan first batch, continues afterwards.
We make everything in-house at our workshop in Jakarta, Indonesia, the hometown of Yoki & Rama. Having done successful campaigns before and with our experiences handling large volume B2B orders, our team is a well oiled machine, ready to create your bags.
Delivery usually takes 5 to 10 working days, with tracking code provided. On your end the delivery will be handled by your country's post office. (e.g. USPS for US backers). Please let us know if you have any questions about your shipping.
And that's it. To close it off, we'd like to thank you, for all your support, suggestions, and company during this campaign.
Risks and challenges
Given that we produce the goods in house. The biggest challenge is getting the leather on time.
At the midpoint of the campaign, based on ongoing pledges, we will give an estimate quantity we need to our tannery partner, so that he can start production. Fortunately we are on great terms with him and we can put the order in advance. This will help mitigate delay on the leather delivery.
We'll put our experience of past successful crowdfunding campaigns to good use. Your support means a responsibility on our part to run the campaign well and to deliver what's promised to you. Throughout the process we will be here for you and keep you informed on our progress.