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The vintage instant camera that works on Instax mini film, and is made from recycled cardboard!
The vintage instant camera that works on Instax mini film, and is made from recycled cardboard!
6,110 backers pledged $377,429 to help bring this project to life.

Ukrainian Assembly Progress 3

Posted by Jollylook (Creator)

Hello, Beautiful People of The Jollylook Community!

Thank you for backing Jollylook!

Straight to the news:

During October we assembled and installed equipment, arranged lighting, heating, and pneumatic lines, we already installed the conveyor and four pneumatic presses, one of which has a heated plate.

We continue the selection and training of personnel - we now have nine assemblers who have completed the internship and a quality controller.

We chose and tested the necessary materials of Ukrainian production: Cardboard, binding material, and good quality glue. We ordered the cutting dies according to the updated design and in the near future, we will receive cardboard semimanufactures for Jollylook camera bodies and bellows. Ukrainian contractors have made the packaging, the quality of which is good.

We are now using a small number of components that were delivered by air. While we continue to assemble cardboard parts for the camera body, we are dismantling some of the defective cameras that were made in China - we decided not to use the cardboard elements that were made in China, because of their low quality. We will only be using the parts for the development units.

Most of the cameras and the rest of the components made in China are coming in a shipping container and are expected to arrive in Odessa, Ukraine on November 21st. Then it will take about a week for customs clearance and delivery to our factory.

We can't wait for the parts to arrive and we check the location of the vessel carrying the container every day. It is now in the East Mediterranean, Tracking link.

Starting the manufacturing in Ukraine, we very carefully plan the costs, since now we are also responsible for the people we hired.

This is how our Ukrainian factory starts. You can be confident in our perseverance and the ability to bring the Jollylook project to implementation and fulfill our obligations. Now, when we fully control the production, everything is going according to plan.

We thank you ALL once again for your patience and understanding and massive support, we can't wait to send you your Ukrainian made Jollylook cameras.

We will keep you updated on our progress.


Until next time,

The Jollylook team.

Phillip, Manuel Bianchi, and 88 more people like this update.


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    1. Missing avatar

      robert blumenthal on

      As backer #1220 I was excited to receive my camera when it was shipped in June 2018. The camera arrived but life got in the way and I just opened the box to try the camera. It looked good out of the box but then I noticed the problems ... The faceplate is coming off where it was glued and the bellows are so stiff that they will never stay open to take a picture. To say that I am not happy with the camera is an understatement. What can be done to make this camera useable?

    2. David F on

      This has got to be a joke of some sort. Over a year and a half to get this thing going? Just ridiculous. I asked for a refund maybe 6 or 7 months ago and was told no. Bunch of BS. WORST experience by far on Kickstarter or even Indiegogo. Could never recommend this product and company to anyone in good faith.

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      MY on

      Thank you for your update. While many people here think this project is a scam I believe you guys are really trying your best in delivering the product. And I think they are being unfair to the producers so I can't help to leave a supportive comment here.

      People don't have any idea how long designing and creating a usable product takes. This is kickstarter not an ordinary retail shop so there are risks to take - nobody guaranteed 100% success. Now you have a team facing loads of obstacles but still trying their best to solve every single problem. A team that still updates their progress despite getting hate comments after every single post. If they are plotting a scam they won't even bother to communicate with backers at all. It's a long wait - that's true. But once again this is kickstarter, not your grab-and-go retail store. If you feel you are deceived, be wiser in choosing projects to back. It did take long, but I trust these guys are genuinely producing a product we can use.

      So show a bit more patience and support to them.

      Supports and love,
      From Hong Kong

    4. knoptop on

      How are we looking on this? Can I expect my camera before Christmas?


    5. Brandon Ly on

      I'm sorry if I missed a previous update, but I received one of your earlier Jollylook cameras (when manufacturing was done in China) and like many others, there are issues with it. For example, the camera bellows do not fold out all the way and when pulled out, the top of the bellows is uneven with the bottom, making picture taking impossible. Will those who received the initial batch get replacements sent out when production resumes? Or do we need to send ours back?

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      Raul Gonzales on

      I haven't received my product yet. Has anyone else?

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      Chad Smith on

      I got a camera, but it wouldn't even load the film

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      angelo maiorana on

      By when you estimate will be shipped? It is very lo g time a d very long patience here...

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      Akillerbluesky on

      They are on sale at freestyle photo biz. Said $20 Less on there Facebook page yet I have yet to receive my 2 cameras ordered.

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      heber on

      The technology is advanced while I bought this camera, but it is a common thing now!! Meanwhile, I am waiting for your produce up to 1year, and I back to china now. WTF!

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      Jared Wertz on

      Good job!!! Keep moving forward!!

    12. Jack E. Pitzer on

      I would like a refund of my money please. Either that immediately, or an immediate delivery date. These updates have been going on for far too long, and I honestly do not trust this company.

    13. Charlie Liu on

      Keep the good work! And hope it can demonstrate that Kickstarter still work.

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      Thierry ROBERT on

      Thanks for the update, please keep us aware of regular progresses. Nobody is perfect but a team could be !
      Thierry from Lyon France

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      Phillip on

      @Jollybook:. Keep up the great work!!

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      Karin Claus on

      looking forward to receive the (re)new Jollylook. Keep up the good work

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      Craig Brown on

      Thanks for the update. I’m sure the factory is very nice and everything but a useful thing in the update would be some sort of clue to when we will actually get the camera!

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      Axel Grasso on

      Please! Can I get a refund?!!
      Really you are the worst

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      Quiet on

      How to get a REFUND??? mine never worked at all and looks very bad glued/assembled.
      Any contact for RETURN and REFUND???

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      Antonina on

      I admire your persistence guys
      We are almost there !
      and I look forward to getting my camera soon.

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      Woojin Jeong on

      fuck you
      where is my camera?

    22. knoptop on

      Appreciate the updates and communication. We know you'all want this to be everything you had hoped for when you presented the project.

    23. Coral Giffin

      Dobra den from Australia. That was brilliant communication from a creative team. A team that has had more obstacles than most. A team that has had to backtrack and regroup. A team that is teaching and demonstrating how to problem solve through obstacles. You are making solid progress. I have no doubt you will deliver this project and at the quality you intended.
      This is not instant gratification. This is not retail. The risks and rewards are higher. This is creating. Bringing new ideas into fruition. I have learned a lot. Knowledge is my life thesis. Not only do you reward me with a physical product. The biggest rewards are process and learning for me. I gift the items or use them. They bring a lot of joy either way. They are objects. Your team are people. I can support and encourage the people while waiting for an object.
      Take heart team. You've got this.

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      Yangrae cho on

      ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ제대가 더빠르겠데 시밬ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ

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      Frank Jackson on

      Bravo I too am looking forward to getting a working camera as mine never worked at all.
      Keep up the good work.

    26. Shelley Olds on

      Hang in there! I applaud your updates and honesty with the hiccups along the way. I hope you stamp the Ukrainian flag on these units!

    27. Pat Fallis

      Thank you for the update.
      I look forward to a successfully built quality product when you are able to get everything in order.

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      djoko on

      Thank you for the update. I pray that the camera is profitable for you when it goes on the market.

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      Jim on

      Thank you for your perseverance. It is really admirable. I was one of those who received a defective unit. I hope that my new camera will come in working order. I understand those who are frustrated because they haven't received their item, but I think they should be grateful (as I am) that you and your team are working hard to make things right. Just keep up the communication (love the shipping link) and all will be well.

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      JA DALY on

      BTW WHO do we contact in case of FAULTY workmanship and or product failure??????!!!!!

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      JA DALY on

      I have backed many projects through kickstarter. It has been a pe]rivdlige to do so. M complaint is the amount of time for these projects to come to fruition. I realize dealing with foreign countries has their own set of complexities. I have also been what I would consider being "burned" by dubious prodi]ucts that will b probably NEVER realize completion. Buyer Beware!
      Meantime those projects that should be at the forefront being delayed become suspect. Too Bad for some of these projects deserve consideration to enter into the world of viable projects.
      Hopefully, there is a swift remedy and these products will be available promptly...NOT more than a YEAR or MORE to process. Foe me, I will have to weigh the prospect of bringing a "new" product to the market with far more investigation and PATIENCE. I am instuting a legal option for a product that I backed more than 2 years ago as a possible fraud. Pity because the "IDEA" was winner for humanity. In conclusion, buyer Beware to the projects you back!

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      kyoungmin on

      입대하기 3개월 전에 구매했는데 제대가 더 빠르겠다 개새끼들아

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      John Robison on

      Well, I've heard of a "Slow Boat TO China", but this must be the slowest slow boat FROM China. Oh well, thanks for the update.

    34. Randy Moe on

      Great news. Keep your spirit!

      Thanks for the update!

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      Federico Farias on

      It is Great what you are doing.

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      Raffaele bassolino on