The idea for an affordable hand made 4x5 camera first came to me about 5 years ago, I had just started with photography, building crude film cameras in a few hours, just to see what I could make. I used to, and still do enjoy the process of building a camera just as much as taking pictures.
This hobby soon formed itself into a university project in the summer of 2013 and after graduation in 2014 it quickly became much more than that. Eddie got involved and we were lucky enough to get a small loan that we used to get some prototypes made and rent a small workshop in Hove.
From here we began planning how we could share the project with the world, Kickstarter was an obvious choice and the project really started to gain momentum as we worked towards producing our crowd funding campaign.
We gave ourselves around 50-50 odds of the Kickstarter campaign reaching its target over the 30-day period. We were overwhelmed and humbled by the response we got and It reached it in 2.
We then went onto more than double the £27,000 we needed to start the company.
The money went mostly on establishing our selves as both designers and manufacturers of the camera, having complete control over the entire process has been key to the success of the project and a really enjoyable experience. To be able to say that 90% of the camera is manufactured by hand in our little workshop in Hove on the south coast of the UK really means a lot to us!
This week we launch the new website and the countdown begins to our next pre-sale, the Kickstarter cameras continue to go out to our amazing backers and we are getting excited to design and produce even more light weight and affordable large format products!
So that’s us really, all that remains to be said is a huge thank you to everyone who has supported us and made this a reality, you are just a much a part of this project as we are.
How far the camera has come!