Hello, Beautiful People of The Jollylook Community!
Thank you for backing Jollylook!
Straight to the news:
Two weeks ago we arrived to China, as planned, as soon as the molds of all the parts of the development unit were tested and after all the changes and improvements, a complete set of metal parts was made with the new stamps.
Oleg assembled and checked the development mechanism: minor modifications of the gearwheel axes were required, then he selected the springs from the options with different stiffness and the development mechanisms works really well!
To verify the quality of the distribution of the developer by the developing mechanism Oleg developed unexposed photos, the result is excellent blackness!
It is especially pleasant that the development mechanism works perfectly regardless of the speed of rotation of the crank: there are no traces of artifacts that sometimes appeared in the previous versions (with a quick rotation of the handle).
The factory finished all the necessary adjustment work on the plastic parts molds, and we received a set of new parts for testing, after which we approved the production of the batch.
All metal parts, after checking the final samples are ordered an in production.
The next day after testing the development mechanism, Oleg installed it in one of the cameras manufactured by the factory during our last visit and immediately proceeded to testing: we tested the pinhole indoors, it was nice that the image on the laptop's monitor was visible and even the text was readable!
The dynamic range of Fuji's photographic material is wide and both expositions gave good results.
Then Oleg took a selfie near the window with a fully open diaphragm (8) took pictures of Evgeniy and our translator Sergei. It was cloudy outside, but the light from the window was almost enough even at the standard shutter speed of 1/200.
Then he took a photo of the desk in the room at an increased shutter speed of 1/100 (with a weight) light was barely enough, but the photo is still quite good.
Encouraged by the result, we went to the street in the area of our hotel and took several photos
The waiters in the cafe where very excited about Jollylook and we photographed them, unfortunately they did not want to part with their photos and were ready to serve us for free to keep them.
The grand total: with moderate clouds at a standard exposure of 1/200 and aperture of 32, nine out of ten photos were successful, one photo had a flare from the sun reflection, but we kept it for history.
We had dinner on the street, and when it was dark soon, we took a couple of photos with manual exposure: they turned out as work of modern art!
The next day at the factory where we manufacture the body and assemble Jollylook we checked the final samples of Jollylook and made all the corrections, clarified the requirements for the glue and its strength, checked the geometry. We agreed on solutions for the rigging for gluing the bellows, checked the quality of the embossing cliche.
The sample looks excellent and unfolds and folds very well, the result - we are satisfied.
But there turned to be an unexpected issue!
It turned out that the factory where we ordered the Fresnel lenses, made the wrong lenses! (the whole batch of ten thousand lenses) Instead of reducing lenses, magnifying lenses were shipped! The control samples that were sent to us were correct, but the boxes that were shipped to the factory - no! When they arrived to the factory, unfortunately no one looked at them, assuming these are confirmed. But when we opened the box:
And this is the worst news: the delay caused by the need to manufacture a new batch of Fresnel lenses will be another 20 days, further we fall under the restrictions in the processing of shipping during holidays... and because of that we will not be able to ship the cameras this years... the shipment will only start in January 2018.
This is the situation. We are very sorry! Some of our backers mentioned that they can't wait anymore, and therefore: to all those who are disappointed, we are very sorry and very thankful for your support, we understand how frustrating it is to wait for so long, and we are ready to refund and thank you once again for your support, please send us a direct message if you would like a refund.
Those backers who stay with us - we can't say thank you enough times! In the next update we will show the instruction manual and by this time we will finalize the table-guide for choosing the right exposures in different light conditions, (from the experience of the last tests we made small changes to the shutter to increase the standard shutter speed and the table needs to be adjusted.)
Thank you all once again.
We will keep you updated.
Untill next time,
The Jollylook Team.