No. It's not spam. Finally after nearly 30 years of development, I'm ready to release the Ultimate Jewelry & Small object enclosure.It pays cursory tribute to the original and looks forward to upgrades that include large catalog shooter mechanization.
Just finishing up the master prototype, getting it ready for mass production and Patent Pending Application.
Here are just a few samples made with this enclosure.
This is an appended FYI.....
1) This product is posted here for information. I do not expect anyone from WTF or any other watch or luxury products forum to buy this enclosure. You are not my intended customers, because you do not shoot high volume PROFESSIONAL ( ie for big bucks) jewelry images.
2) There is nothing intrinsically 'wrong' with hampers or waste paper baskets or lampshades turned into proxy light tents. I've tried almost all of them. They simply do not suite the needs of creative professional shooters operating in industrial studio environments. I'm an expert in that field, that is here because I had a big watch assignment last year that involved watches. Sorry to be blunt.
3) If you think $300 is a lot for the PlexiTent but like the way it looks, try building yourself one for less than $3,000. That's what the prototype cost me less CAD drawings and my patent expenses.
4) The Ikea Hamper type product is cheap because at $3.00 each wholesale, it only needs to be marked up 100% at retail of $30+plus shipping to you. At China fabrication costs ( not including trial runs) it will cost me $60 to make each basic PlexiTent including shipping. At $300 each, that covers manufacture, freight from China and B&H's 50% cut. That's the reality of Professional versus amateur gear. Do the math. My take is tiny compared to if I was marketing Hampers .That's why the Hamper tent inventor ( yes it is patented) is laughing all the way to the bank.
5) The initial KickStarter offering ( please follow the link to understand what kickStarter is about) is 300 units, but I haven't actually launched the offering yet. I got 50 basic units sold BEFORE they go on the market. So there! In truth, KickStarter isn't about raising a fixed funding, but about exceeding the funding goal. from the action I've seen so far, that will not be too difficult ( I may extend the offering duration to 100 days)
6) PlexiTent is not for everyone! For infinite white background effect that is so popular with some photographers, the Hamper is excellent and the plexi dome is supreme. I do NOT shoot infinite white backgrounds and my clients know that. They pay me to imbue the product with allure and their products are often in the $500,000 a piece range. Infinite white is NOT for Million dollar images IMHO
7) My innovations, in case you don't glean that from the movie are:
A- totally solid construction with no play in the 3/16" plastic surfaces
B- Semi-seamless corners and joins
C- Interchangeable and magnetically attached panels for front reflection or lighting nuances.
D- As yet to be completed remote controlled stage transport for high production environments.