DSLR Gear: Filmtoys Camera Support on Kickstarter
I've mentioned a few Kickstarter campaigns on this blog over the years. Kickstarter is such a cool idea and I've been enjoying products that have resulted from Kickstater myself. A new one caught my eye today for Filmtoys. It's a modular "camera support and protection system" that looks like it's tailor-made for DSLRs but could probably have other uses as well. It looks quite adaptable with its Erector Set-style construction. Filmtoys isn't only a Kickstarter campaign; the company has a website and YouTube channel as well. Apparently the company is local to where I am, in Nashville, but the Filmtoys founder is also a founder of Filmtools, a place where you can get just about anything camera related. I'm not a dedicated camera guy, so I can't really compare the Filmtoys rig to the other mounds of support gear out there; I'll leave that to somebody else. As a 7D owner, however, I do like the look the rig's adaptability.
The Filmtoys Kickstarter campaign jumps from a third-level pledge of $25 to a fourth-level pledge of $300. But that $300 will get you a "starter" kit. That's the level I pledged, since I'd like to have one of these things if the campaign goes through. A conversation on Twitter pointed out that they might have better luck if their Kickstarter video featured a bit more emotion from the folks in the campaign. Maybe, but at least it's not a talking-head video with bad lighting that typefies some Kickstarter campaigns. $25,000 is a hefty goal, but it goes until March 6, so there's still some time. Check out the Filmtoys camera support system and maybe you'll help them out as well.