Laowa 12mm f/2.8: Ultra Wide Angle Lens with Zero Distortion
Pitching itself as the “world’s widest f/2.8 rectilinear lens for full frame cameras” with “invisible distortion, superb optical quality, and tiny size,” this project has caught fire in a big way. With a goal of $10,000, at the time of writing it’s currently at nearly $600,000.
There are versions with Canon EF, Nikon AI, Sony A, Pentax K, and Sony E mounts (all manual focus). The project page has sample photos and performance specs.
It ends on August 29.
Heavens there are a lot of camera bags out there. And there have been a lot on Kickstarter lately, most notably the Peak Design and Wandred, both of which I’ve backed and used.
The thing that makes the Wolffepack Capture backpack a bit different is the way it allows easy access. It’s not a sling pack, but it’s designed to take the bag from your back to easy reach in front without unstrapping it. It swings around with a release strap, keeping the bag upright. To put it back your back, you just pull the strap. Looks easy enough with a light bag, but I’d be curious to see how easy it is with a fully loaded bag of gear.
It’s already fully funded and ends on August 28. You can find details here.
MUV | Smartphone or GoPro Auto Tracker
This one could be of particular interest to Youtubers or bloggers out there who publish how-to videos. Or maybe just those with chronic selfie-itis. With a phone or camera mounted, it rotates and swivels to follow an infrared tag that the subject wears.
I’ve seen similar devices before, so it’s not entirely revolutionary, but the demo video suggests this one is promising in its execution.
The project wraps up on October 8, and you can find demo videos and further information on the project page.
Four Outdoor Essentials in One Tent
So this one’s a travel/hiking one rather than strictly photography. But it looks like a neat idea for photographers who are headed off the beaten track.
It’s a lightweight solo tent. It’s a hammock. And it has a built-in air mattress. And has a detachable sleeping bag.
It’s already fully funded, and then some, and wraps up on September 23. You can find the project’s page here.
Women at the End of the Land — Deep in Arctic Siberia
This photography project is to document how women cope with pregnancy and childbirth in a nomadic lifestyle in one of the most challenging environments on earth: Arctic Siberia.
I confess I hadn’t heard of Alegra Ally, who describes herself as “an ethnographer, photographer, and explorer,” but her shots from previous expeditions in the Wild Born Project show that she has both talent and the logistical chops to pull it off. The project is funded in part by the Explorers Club of New York and North Face.
The project expires on September 5. You can find out more about it here.