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Jollylook - The First Cardboard Vintage Instant Camera!

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Jollylook - The First Cardboard Vintage Instant Camera!
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6,110 backers pledged $377,429.00 on Kickstarter

The vintage instant camera that works on Instax mini film, and is made from recycled cardboard!

Raised in Kickstarter
$377,429.00 / 6,110 backers
Raised in BackerKit
$45,190.26 / 6,190 backers

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Shutters!
23 days ago – Sat, Apr 28, 2018 at 01:48:25 AM

Hello, Beautiful People of The Jollylook Community!

Thank you for backing Jollylook!

Straight to the news:

During the packaging, we ran random Jollylook camera tests, and we found a large percentage of defective shutters that peeled off. We were totally shocked and forced to stop packaging and began to look for the cause and solution.

It turned out that the factory used an incorrect glue - the glue of permanent stickiness instead of what we confirmed with them - completely drying glue, so the shutters were peeling apart after some time.

We sincerely apologize for not updating you for a while and not responding to your messages. We have been fully involved in fixing this problem, we had to take apart all the cameras and re-glue the shutters with the correct glue.

Now we are trying to speed up the process. We did not want to mislead you with the dates again and we are waiting for the factory to have perfect cameras ready, so we could finally inform you that all your cameras have been sent out.

Due to the holidays in China, the factory will not be working from the 28th of April and will go back to work on the 2nd of May. The factory promises that the cameras will be ready by May 14th. We expect to send the cameras to our shipping partners on the 17th of May.

You have been so supportive, patient and understanding throughout the Jollylook journey! We are very frustrated that we are letting you down by not delivering the cameras on time. It has been a tough journey for us. But your faith is what brought Jollylook to life and we need it now more than ever! We can't wait to send you your rewards and we thank you All once again for your patience and massive support!

We will keep you updated.

THANK YOU!

Until next time,

The Jollylook team.

Packing and getting ready for shipping
about 2 months ago – Mon, Apr 02, 2018 at 01:33:42 AM

Hello, Beautiful People of The Jollylook Community!

Thank you for backing Jollylook!

Straight to the news:

We had another delay waiting to get the CE certificate which allows us to put a certification mark on the packaging that indicates conformity with health, safety, and environmental protection standards.

We finally received the CE certificate and the packaging marking is now ready.

We are now packing all the Kickstarter backer's rewards and are aiming to send them to our shipping partners on the 15th of April. Shipping should start in the second half of April, and all our backers will receive their tracking numbers via email.

These are pictures of the final packaging of our backer's rewards that will include:

  • 1 Jollylook Camera
  • 1 Jollylook Color Polarized
  • 1 Jollylook Neck Strap
  • 1 Jollylook Tripod plate
  • 1 Instructions manual
  • 1 Exposure table card
  • 4 cardboard tubes (for straightening the bellows out after compression)
  • 3 spare rubber bands
  • 1 Fuji Instax mini film cassette

We can't wait to send you your rewards and we thank you All once again for your patience and massive support!

We will keep you updated.

THANK YOU!

Until next time,

The Jollylook Team.

Finalizing shipping addresses!
3 months ago – Wed, Feb 28, 2018 at 12:39:34 AM

Hello, Beautiful People of The Jollylook Community!

Thank you for backing Jollylook!

The Chinese New Year celebrations, also known as the Spring Festival are over, and we are resuming production!

Straight to the news:

The bellows

Finally, the problem with the bellows has been solved: A more durable material has been selected and checked, we are now manufacturing the first batch of 10,000 Jollyllook cameras! Oleg is on his way back to China to make sure the quality is perfect.

The new bellows
The new bellows
 

Shipping addresses

This is it! We’re finally getting ready to ship!

We will lock down shipping addresses on march 10th. That means you have ten days to update your shipping address in your BackerKit survey.

If you need to review your shipping address, you can return to your survey by clicking the link in your survey email or requesting your survey link under "Lost your survey?" on our BackerKit project page at https://jollylook.backerkit.com/

If you haven’t answered your survey yet, you can still fill it out to get your rewards, but your shipment may be delayed.

We’re currently aiming to ship rewards on march 25. If you need to change your shipping address, please make the changes in your BackerKit survey in the next ten days.

Instructions manual

We created this video instructions manual for everyone to better understand how to use Jollylook:

We can't wait to send you your cameras and get your feedback.

Jollylook production sample
Jollylook production sample

We would like to thank you All once again for your massive support and patience!

We will keep you updated.

THANK YOU!

Untill next time,

The Jollylook Team.

Production!
4 months ago – Tue, Jan 23, 2018 at 12:45:27 AM

Hello, Beautiful People of The Jollylook Community!

Thank you for backing Jollylook!

The News:

Oleg went to Thailand for New Year, where he spent several days with his wife (the flight to Europe would be too far for an early return to China). On one of the sunny days, He took a few photos with Jollylook experimenting with the exposure, here are the successful shots of this heaven on earth:

 

 

 

 

Taking one of the photos, Oleg accidentally left the lens shifted up and the diaphragm of 45 worked like a pinhole! Here's how it looks:

Here are photos on a cloudy day before sunset:

Several New Year's days passed quickly and after the New Year's break, as soon as our factories continued their work, Oleg returned to China to monitor the quality of the conveyor production. The rhythm of production was satisfying, here for an example is a video of Jollylook body assembly:

To control compliance with the assembly technology, there are technological maps that describe each operation in detail, the factory workers who are assembling on the conveyor are trained and verify their work using them:

The first batch of Jollylook is 10,000 cameras.

During pauses OIeg continued to do serial Jollylook tests. He checked how the filters worked:

He made a series of photos with different exposures. Here are photos taken on a sunny day from a window with four different aperture values, the front garden at the hotel at nine in the morning, and of course Oleg tried to make selfies with different diaphragms... these photos were taken on the same day, He stood facing the window holding the camera in his outstretched hand, the shooting distance was set to 0.6m:

Oleg was happy with the result: in many cases, the quality of the images even exceeds the quality of photos taken with an automatic camera - a wide range of aperture and a cool pinhole do their job perfectly! However, the camera requires accuracy, attention and proper exposure selection.

Unfortunately, this time again was not without a problem: testing the manufactured bellows, Oleg found periodically occurring microdamages of the light-shielded paper layer and he had to reject all three thousand already made bellows and five thousand blanks!

It is necessary to re-select the paper, and to produce the bellows again, the cause of the rejection was insufficient paper strength when forming by stamping, (before that the bellows were made on a plotter and the quality of the paper looked acceptable).

In total, about 8,000 camera bodies are ready for use today:

But the bellows will have to be remade, the total delay before the beginning of gluing of the bellows will be about two weeks from today, which means that it will not be possible to start the shipment before the Chinese New Year. We have already paid all suppliers and contractors and there is no turning back!

The grief quickly changed to the determination to get the perfect result anyway. Nobody before us made an instant camera out of paper and no one organized its mass production, as you see watching us it is not so simple. Of course we will get the perfect result! We will fulfill our obligations to you and continue the business that we started thanks to your support. We are very impatient for one more reason: all the time while preparing the production of "Jollylook" we were developing other models of Jollylook cameras, among them there are both expected models and a completely unexpected one... but all this we will be able to offer you only after the completion of the most difficult first stage, after you get your cameras and we get your feedback.

We would like to thank you All once again for your massive support and patience!

We will keep you updated.

THANK YOU!

Untill next time,

The Jollylook Team.

Happy New Year!!!
5 months ago – Fri, Dec 29, 2017 at 11:39:30 PM

Hello, Beautiful People of The Jollylook Community!

Thank you for backing Jollylook!

The News:

The short time that Oleg spent at home passed quickly, we worked a lot on packaging and the instructions manual, on one of the days off OIeg took Jollylook for a walk (it was one of the pre-manufacturing samples made at the factory), despite the cold weather and bad light the photo was a success.

Also at home, OIeg checked the Jollylook tripod mount: the magnetic mount is doing quite well:

 

After a short time at home Oleg went back to China, which is becoming more familiar with every visit.

All the plastic parts finally fully complied with the requirements and OIeg watched as an employee of the factory assembeled the development unit, he had to make sure that they cope, and they will cope: there were no remarks to the assembled development unit.

At the factory where we make Jollylook OIeg felt like home, the faces and atmosphere were familiar, it was necessary to check the preparation of the assembly line, the bellows where sticking to the tool for gluing (it was difficult to precisely place and press such a part) and we produced and tested a new tooling for pressing, according to the sketches OIeg made right there, everything turned out perfectly, although four days in a row our working day ended at ten in the evening. Also, we tested the rigging for gluing the shutter on the press, OIeg had to slightly change the design of the shutter, because, the manual application of the glue took alot of time, the new design allowed to apply glue in a special machine and now everything is ok.

OIeg tested the ready shutter: without visible changes the shutter withstood about a thousand descents (then OIeg was just tired of the monotonous actions )), while the elastic band of the shutter could withstand 300 to 400 descents.

 OIeg did not assemble anything himself and did not glue this visit, he only explained and observed, it is important for us that the whole process of production be mastered by the workers independently, and of course we very strictly evaluated the results. The fact is that no one before us did an instant cardboard camera with such a set of functions in mass production, and most of the design requirements for accuracy are much higher than just for cardboard boxes, now that the devices for exact assembly of the shutter block are made we are satisfied with the result . The manufacturing of the packing box did not cause any difficulties, we just brought samples made according to our design, which we arranged. 

And finally we see the set that our backers will receive, this is the final Jollylook production sample, all elements of which are made using mass production technologies.:

On Sunday we rested and of course took some pictures with the brand new Jollylook in the front garden of the hotel, this time we used macro photography, it's nice to note that the recommendations from our exposition table (it is in the instructions manual and for convenience on a separate card) allows you to get good photos.

We were pleasantly pleased with the pinhole: the selection of a particularly thin foil, accurate calculation of the diameter of the hole and many iterations of the laser cutting modes were not in vain and now allow us to enjoy the result!

For macro photos we added a striped cardboard tube, it was only needed a few minutes until the bellows were straightened out after compression. Out of the six photos, four were successful and two shots failed: on one of them we set a fast shutter speed and the photo turned out to be too dark, while shooting the second photo (this was through pinhole) the camera moved during the exposure and the frame turned out to be blurry.

 Then we adjusted the settings and got great results:

 

And finally the manufacturing of Jollylook began and here is the long-awaited assembly line:

Now we are leaving to spend the New Year with our families and on January 10th we'll be back again to make sure everything goes well and the required performance is achieved. Also we will do selective quality control of the cameras.

Here is the instructions manual:

 

Now that the project is nearing its completion, we Thank You All once again for your support and patience! If all goes well the shipping of Jollylook should start in the second half of January 2018. In the following Jollylook projects we will certainly be able to avoid many mistakes and we will have in our asset what we have now acquired: many of the components that are manufactured and which we can use in new developments, proven contractors who understand us and our requirements, and of course our beautiful community that is  providing us with invaluable support.

We will keep you updated.

THANK YOU!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Untill next time,

The Jollylook Team.