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SLR cameras in any environment, even underwater for stills & video, maintaining functional controls, flash, tripod, tethering, etc.
SLR cameras in any environment, even underwater for stills & video, maintaining functional controls, flash, tripod, tethering, etc.
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OUTEX: WE'VE GOT YOU COVERED

WHAT: SLR cameras anywhere.  Outex hermetically seals SLR cameras from the elements, even underwater (tested to 10 meters/33 feet), maintaining photo integrity (quality optics) and complete control over camera functionality.  It's malleable, small in size, lightweight, and modular in its design - grows with your needs.  This specific Kickstarter project is for the "Big O", the big Outex LCD viewfinder window, which is new.  The Outex system is already available at www.Outex.com.

HOW: Works like a drysuit for your equipment.  The patented Outex design aligns optics, housings, and accessories modularly.  The rugged, flexible, molded housing accommodates all major camera equipment brands while maintaining tactile feel and feedback for all functional controls.  Highest-quality optical components match to industry standards (filter thread size and viewfinders) and can be interchanged within our system and over time, so you can use the same optics and housing with different cameras and lenses.  And our optional accessories extend modular functionality to different environmental conditions, with and without the housings.  The Outex system supports flash and wireless controls, triggers, pocket wizards, tripods, grips, etc. and the housings come in different sizes to match compact bodies like Sony's NEX cameras and larger bodies like Canon's 1D or Nikon's D4 series cameras.

WHY: Competitive alternatives are inferior or costly.  My cousin Roberto Miglioli and I share a love of photography.  We are both outdoorsmen. And while we enjoy the benefits of point & shoot or GoPro cameras, they do not offer the same imaging quality, resources, or control, when compared to an SLR.  Solutions today fall into 2 categories; bags or cases.  The bags are cheap and clumsy, and so are the results.  Hard cases yield good photos results, but are big, bulky, and heavy, so impractical for transport.  And they start around $1,400.  So one is difficult to carry, and I don't want to carry the other.  Roberto came up with the original idea and used his mechanical engineering skills to develop prototypes we could use ourselves.  Photographers (real ones) saw it, and had to have it.  Outex was born.

THE PROJECT:  THE "BIG O" VIDEO VIEWFINDER WINDOW

We've spent our time so far developing and perfecting the product concept, and evolving extensions that accommodate market-specific still photography needs like surfing, kayaking, remote control helicopter, tripod mounting, pool shoots, wedding, military, etc.  We originally planned to develop a separate camcorder lineup focused on video, but quickly realized we're better served by an SLR video solution since so much video capture has migrated to SLR cameras instead.  The "Big O" is that solution!  The video/LCD viewfinder serves both still and video markets, adheres to the modularity of our Outex system, and increases functionality and use.  Your help will fund tooling, manufacture testing, and production.  By supporting our project you'll be first in line to get the new "big O" LCD viewfinder and get special pricing on other products. You'll be able to add a dimension to your portfolio, take it on your next photo shoot, adventure, trip, or vacation.  

Enjoy it.  Please tell your friends.  And thank you for the support!

CURRENT USERS

There are too many notable customer to list. Below is a sampling that includes accolade-winning photographers from National Geographic, Red Bull, Outside Magazine, VOGUE, Illume Award Winners, and the multitude of categories mentioned: Cameron Martindell, Corey Rich, Chris Cameron, Chris Burkard, Sarah Lee, Camilla Stoddard, Ale Socci, Murilo Mattos, Jordan Manley, Cristian Sasse, Amaury Simoes, Garrett Grove, Adam DeWolfe, Jon Nash, Matt Catalano, Theo Ribeiro, Nils Nilsen, Tim McKenna, Nick Muzick, Julian Kegel, Tim Kemple, Cristiano Burmester, Michael Stokes, Anton Lorimer, Alan Eldridge III, Nicolas Teichrob, Anothony Bonello, Shawn Parkin, Chris Cameron, Blake Crosby, and many more.

QUICK INSTALLATION VIDEO

This time-lapse video shows one of the more elaborate Outex installation proceedures on a camera + grip + flash.  The "big O" would increase the visibility of not only the viewfinder, but the camera's LCD, so you can use it for both video and still shoots.  The standard Outex covers are simpler to install, but work similarly.

People often ask about being able to use their cameras with the cover since it's not transparent (Transparency would sacrifice ruggedness & durability) and the analogy I use is driving at night.  Most people don't look at the buttons or zoom controls when operating their camera (like they don't look at the stick shift or pedals in a car).  All they need is sensory feedback and what's in the LCD/viewfinder. 

Please check the FAQs at the bottom of the page if you need additional information. And feel free to email me if it's not clear or sufficient. Thanks again for the positive feedback so far - feel free to keep that coming too. 

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Here I am sitting between my two cousins, Roberto and Maristela "a few" years back ...  My dad helped us start the company.  He passed away but his love of photography lives thru us...

OUTEX logo and brand are trademarked.

For questions or constructive criticism, please email support@outex.com

GO AHEAD.  GET THE SHOT.  WE'VE GOT YOU COVERED.

Risks and challenges

There are always risks and challenges involved. Our manufacturing and production estimates are based on timelines from previous product development we've done on similar products to date, with existing manufacturing partners. If we hit our financial targets from this project, we're confident we can deliver the product - the Big O, even if there are delays in the process.

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    Pledge $5 or more About $5

    Your $5 donation gets your name & photo, if you wish, on our website's Donor Wall. Every dollar counts. Thank you!

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    Pledge $10 or more About $10

    Gets an Outex Connector - $15 value - for using our accessories (wrist & neck straps, belts, cases) with or without the Covers. It's a snap.

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    Gets the Outex Tripod Adaptor - $30 value - for use with our system and standard camera tripods, Gorillapods, etc.

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    Pledge $75 or more About $75

    Gets Outex's large LCD-Viewfinder, the "Big-O" as we call it - $100 value - for easy video or still image use with your SLR camera Outex system.

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    Pledge $200 or more About $200

    Gets Outex's large LCD-Viewfinder, the "Big O" plus a housing of your choice (to match your camera).
    This is for existing Outex kit owners. It's just the 2 new components from this project that make your existing Outex kit work with the Big O.

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    Pledge $375 or more About $375

    Gets Starter Outex Kit - Everything you need for all common brand SLR cameras, Cover, Optics, Holder, and the "Big-O" large viewfinder.

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    Pledge $425 or more About $425

    Gets PRO Outex Kit - accommodates larger cameras such as Canon 1D, Nikon D4, Sony 99, etc. Everything a pro needs, Cover, Optics, Holder, and the "Big-O" large viewfinder, PLUS Tripod housing and adaptor if you want it. In other words, Starter Kit + Coverage of larger cameras or grips & triggers + Tripod Kit

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    Pledge $575 or more About $575

    Gets Flash Outex Kit - Basic or PRO kit plus attached or detached flash solution with flash kit. In other words, Starter or Pro Kit + Flash kit of your choice (attached or detached).

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    Pledge $1,000 or more About $1,000

    Makes you part of our development team. Your $1000+ contribution gets you a complete PRO kit with flash and tripod adaptor. Plus, you'll get insight into our development plans, provide input into our prioritization process, and help shape Outex things to come.

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