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
$41,831.26 / 6,128 backers

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Status, Progress, Shipping Date.
6 months ago – Wed, Sep 20, 2017 at 12:40:38 AM

Hello Beautiful People of The Jollylook Community!

Thank you for backing Jollylook!

Forgive us for delaying the update. We continue to work hard to produce a quality product for you.

Not everything turned out to be simple and fast as we expected. Every small thing, every little detail about which we cared less, considering it simple, actualy required a lot more attention. To supply all the elements: bolts, rubber bands, springs, Fresnel lenses, elastic cassette pressing elements, pre-sample, samples were re-ordered and everywhere were had delays. The material properties differed from the standards, the errors in the size of Fresnel lenses exceeded the permissible ones by as much as 0.2mm, one of the suppliers did not have bolts of the right size. Of course, we sorted it out, but it took time.

Then the manufacturer of the molds had difficulties and it was required to change the design of the Jollylook tripod plate, we also had to do minor changes associated with the specifications of the mold for the development mechanism. To our chagrin it suddenly turned out that there are as many as ten days of the national Chinese holidays in October, and no one will work and this will affect the terms!

Even choosing the type of glue for the cardboard part of the camera required our attention! Of course, we will cope with everything, but it is taking time! The development mechanism was made again:

and installed in the camera, which was assembled in the factory without our participation (we did intend not to participate in the assembly this time)

And finally the pictures were taken! Here they are, the very first pictures from the pre-series Jollylook camera! Photographs taken on the street in the afternoon from the factory window are made with a regular shutter speed, (at different diaphragms) pictures in a room under artificial lighting like Oleg's selfie where made in the mode of manual exposure, which he chose intuitively. Most of the pictures were successful:

We were puzzled that in the corners of some pictures artifacts sometimes appeared (as if air penetrated between the film and the paper before the development was complete). Already at home it became clear that it is desirable not to spin the crank too hastily and the probability of a defect is significantly reduced.

And yes - we tested the pinhole, we where pleased with the result, we had to change the pinhole manufacturing method six times, and make samples selecting the right modes of production, check out these photos takin in the room during the day when there was still sun and in the evening under artificial lighting:

Now, what is left for us to do to complete the manufacturing is a lot less than what we have already passed and here are our realistic expected dates:

- Final molds ready on October 15th.

- Batch of parts manufactered by November 1st.

- Batch of 10,000 Jollylook cameras assembled by November 15th.

- Jollylook cameras start shipping from Floship Hong Kong warehouse on November 23.

We sincerely apologize again, production is taking a lot more time than expected, but we have to make sure you all receive a great product!


Untill next time,

The Jollylook Team

Production Progress and Surprize!
7 months ago – Tue, Aug 22, 2017 at 12:13:31 AM

Hello Beautiful People of The Jollylook Community!

Thank you for backing Jollylook!

We apologize for the long silence, we where waiting for a few things to happen before we write an update, and here they are!

Finally we got the mockups of all the elements of the development mechanism made after the corrections, and yes! The development mechanism was assembled from the first attempt in a few minutes! Everything works clearly and correctly!

So today we placed the order of the molds, and their manufacturing strated! The countdown begins! It should take up to 30 days for the molds to be ready, and as soon as they are, we can start manufacturing the parts and assembling Jollylook cameras!

Also, we assembled the Stretch goals:

Jollylook clip-on polarized filter:

2. Jollylook plate for tripod:

and surprize! The Jollylook Neck strap:

As a thank you for your massive support and your patience - we decided that it would be fair to include one with every Jollylook that was pre-ordered on Kickstarter. So all our backers will now receive one Jollylook Neck strap with each camera.

Oleg is in China, working on debugging the production of the cardboard parts, our manufacturer made the pre-series samples and of course we still need to work, but everything is looking good already:



As for now, we added 2 Add-ons to our Backerkit survey:

1. Jollylook Color Polarized Filters

Set of 4 polarized filters,light grey, dark grey, orange and Brown.
Set of 4 polarized filters,light grey, dark grey, orange and Brown.

2. Jollylook Mini Magnet tape set

You can use it on the refrigerator or any metal surface, or combine two for any wall or furniture you want to have your favorite Jollylook photo on.

If you want these add-ons - you can add them to your order in the survey on Backerkit:

We can't wait for the molds to be ready to start the manufacturing and shipping of Jollylook, that day is coming very soon! Thank you All once again for making Jollylook a reality!


Untill next time,

The Jollylook Team.

Production Progress and Delivery Delay
8 months ago – Mon, Jul 10, 2017 at 12:37:14 AM

Hello Beautiful People of The Jollylook Community!

Thank you for backing Jollylook!

Forgive us for the long silence, we worked hard all this time and now we will tell you about everything...


Finally, after agreeing and clarifying the features of each stage of production, a complete verification kit of the parts for the development mechanism of Jollylook was made, but unfortunately with a delay of two weeks!

All the other parts where also manufactured or the suppliers have been selected. Each supplier and manufacturer demanded separate attention, clarifying the specifications of the technical details, changings of drawings, taking into account their specificity.

In the photo below, are all the elements of Jollylook except those that are made of cardboard.

We were also impressed, we thought they will be less )))

We joked that the unfolding of Jollylook takes a little less time than the assembly. Alas, the first assembly of the development mechanism took much more time, a full working day!

Some plastic parts had errors in their sizes, the power springs had small deviations of mechanical characteristics and one of the springs of the mechanism had the wrong length. In order to save time, it was decided not to contact the manufacturers of mock-ups for corrections, and Oleg, like a real CTO, armed with a small engraving machine, which was urgently bought for around 60 Yuans, fixed everything on his own)))

By the evening the development mechanism was assembled and tested, it worked perfectly and regularly.


During the tests it became clear that the rough surface of the development rollers is not sufficiently coarse, and the plastic protective cover of the Instax cartridge can sometimes be removed with slippage, of course we re-specified the surface requirements and we will order new samples of the rollers.

You can see in the photo and gif above that the body of the developing mechanism is made of transparent plastic, this makes it easier to control when checking, of course later all the parts will be black and not transparent.

Although we are satisfied with the results that we got, we will still have to double-check, correct the mistakes (ours or manufacturers), then order the models of plastic parts and parts that have had deviations repeatedly, repeat the assembly, make sure everything is OK, and only then we can order the molds that will take a month to be produced! That means that the estimated delivery time is now further than we expected, forgive us - we try to do everything perfectly. To be realistic, it now looks like the delivery of Jollylook will begin in September. We sincerely apologise for the huge delay, but we can't compromise on quality! We are working hard to deliver you a great camera, that we can be proud of.

More news:

1. The assmebly of the finalized developing mechanism made by the factory worker took only fifteen minutes, and was easy for the person who did it for the first time - the result is simply excellent!

2. The lens manufacturer sent us serial samples, we are impressed with the quality and accuracy in timing.

3. The manufacturer of the cardboard parts of Jollylook had a lot of questions. Unexpectedly, there were difficulties in the selection of materials (the first models we assembeled together were from the cardboard that we brought with us from Ukraine, the cardboard density for the shutter unit was different from the available here, the material texture for the bellows and the body was also different. Then with an impressive speed, new sets of cardboard parts were made and eventually the smiling girl built several shutter blocks and only the first one with Oleg's help! And yes they worked perfectly!


4. We worked together on folding the bellows and decided that to simplify its gluing to the body and the shutter block, we needed to change the design, and the next morning we received an updated drawing from our designer Yuri from Ukraine!

5.The body of Jollylook that Oleg was so proud of, because it was assembled from one piece of cardboard, turned to be not so good for mass production, and we discussed the best from the manufacturer's point of view, we now have a preliminary layout. In general, we are pleasantly impressed with the result of the cardboard work: diligent workers, technologists who quickly offered solutions, and the director of the factory who was always near and assembled the body together with us, all this makes us confident that we will do everything perfectly. 

We would like to thank you All once again for making Jollylook a reality!

We sincerely apologize, mass production is taking more time than expected, and it now looks like the delivery of Jollylook will begin in September, but in the end you will recieve a great camera!


Untill next time,

The Jollylook Team.

Production Progress
10 months ago – Mon, Jun 05, 2017 at 01:17:30 AM

Hello Beautiful People of The Jollylook Community!

We hope all is well! Thank you again and again for backing Jollylook!

For tha past month, while the molds are still beeing produced, we worked on finalizing all the other parts of Jollylook to get the best quality possible. We want to share with you the results:

The Jollylook lens:

The first batch of Jollylook lenses where made on a trial mold to check the accuracy. The lenses showed great results during tests and got approved by our team. We are now waiting for the final lens mold to be ready. Here are the the first trial mold Jollylook lenses:


The Jollylook Pinhole:

After several attempts, we finally found a manufacturer who was able to make a proper pinhole hole of the right size (0.380mm) with laser cutting, we are already happy with the results, but we are still working together on making the edges even smoother:

 The Jollylook development rollers:

After so many prototypes and versions, we finaly got an excellent result, only the fourth factory that tried to make the rollers for us - produced the quality that finally suited us. We are proad to show you one of the Jollylook rollers that will guarantee the perfect development of each photo taken with Jollylook:

We would like to thank you All once again for making Jollylook a reality!

We will keep you updated on the progress and will post the next update as soon as all the molds are ready and we can start assembling the first batch of Jollylook cameras.


Untill next time,

The Jollylook Team.

Production and Shipping!
11 months ago – Mon, May 08, 2017 at 01:05:23 AM

Hello, to the Beautiful People of The Jollylook Community!

It has been more than a month since our last update! The past few weeks we dedicated to finding the best partners for manufacturing Jollylook in Shenzhen, China.

We can't wait to tell you all the news!

First of All, we want to thank the people who helped us with everything in Shenzhen, From translation to finding and visiting so many manufacturers and picking the best ones for Jollylook! Huang and Baiarma - Thank You!


The results:

1. We found a very professional lenses manufacturer and ordered the mold for the Jollylook lens, we should be receiving the first lenses in 3 weeks from now!

2. We found an experienced molds manufacturer and ordered the molds for the "Developing mechanism" of Jollylook. Those should be ready in 30-40 days.

3. We ordered the metal parts, the springs and the rollers for the "Developing mechanism" of Jollylook

4. We purchased the Fresnel lenses for the Jollylook viewfinder.

5. Cardboard - This was the hardest part! We visited two dozens of cardboard printing and packaging manufacturers, and finally, we found a very good manufacturer who loved the idea of Jollylook. We will not only be making the body of Jollylook with them, but also we will assemble Jollylook in this factory:

6. Shipment - we have great news, we partnered with Floship for fulfillment!

Floship is a leading provider of international crowdfunding fulfillment, recognized for fast and cost-effective worldwide shipping services. We visited their main office in Hong Kong to meet Stephanie, who we were in contact with via email before. Stephanie took us to Floship warehouses, and we were very impressed with their professionalism! Now we are working together on preparing for shipment.

7. Timing - We spent more time than expected to find the best manufacturers for Jollylook, but we found them and we began the manufacturing process. Taking that into consideration, we are sorry to say that we now understand that there will be a slight delay in manufacturing. Should everything works out well, the first Jollylooks will be ready in the beginning of July and we will be able to start shipping straight away.

We would like to thank you All once again for making Jollylook a reality!

For those who missed the campaign - our pre-order store is live on Backerkit (with delivery in August 2017):

The pre-order store will be updated with more items and "add-ons" very soon.

We will keep you updated.


Untill next time,

The Jollylook Team.