We strongly support the DIY ethic and wish for each of our cameras to become unique product of it's owner's making. This could mean either further finishing or simply the weathering of the raw unfinished nylon. 4x5 lenses are plentiful and many photographers already own them, however 4x5 cameras can often be too heavy or bulky for certain situations. For this reason we figured it would make sense to incorporate the lenses people already have. Even if you need to invest in a lens in order to use this kit, it still offers a greater degree of flexibility.
After publishing the initial project, we received many requests for the CAD files, the raw printed components and also for fully completed cameras. As much as we admire the notion of localized 3D printing, we realized that it will be necessary to manufacture the core hardware ourselves in order to ensure consistently high quality and functionality. Therefor we are presenting a flexible solution - the components work out of the box, however they can also be further finished to the end user's preference.