Sticky: Recent Updates and Important Information

Sticky: Recent Updates and Important Information

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Colors, colors, colors!

Most of the time, you can buy your camera in any color you want - so long as it's black.

Building your own camera provides many options for customization and modification, one of them being choosing the color of your bellows. I will be ordering four different fabric colors for the kits. You will be able to choose your bellows color when you answer the Kickstarter survey for shipping information (this survey will be sent out when the kits are almost ready to ship.

That said, please vote for the four colors you would like to see included in the kits in the survey below. 


  1. Black
  2. Pewter
  3. Deep Forest
  4. Port Royale
  5. Ribbon Red
  6. Dry Rose
  7. Navy Blue
  8. Hawaiian Ocean
  9. Bonnie Blue

What colors do you want to see on Duo? (Pick four)

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Duo featured in Portland Monthly

Duo was featured in March's issue of Portland Monthly, visible in the Table o' Contents and featured in the "Trophy Case" (p.26). Awesome!

Prototype 1 is kind of crushing the man in the advertisement - is that agony or surprise on his face?

Friday, February 22, 2013

Regarding Custom Engravings ($299+ and $649+ backers only)

Note: As of March 16 2013, Submissions for engravings are closed.

All Deluxe kit backers and Ready-to-Use Duo backers are entitled to custom engravings on their cameras. Engravings are limited to two locations: the viewfinder hood (the first photo below) and the bottom (second photo below):

Engraving area for the viewfinder hood. Note that this particular engravings was made very light - the actual engravings will be darker and fairly deep, roughly 1mm.

Engraving area for the bottom of the camera. You may choose one of the bottom areas to engrave.

If possible, please send the image in a vector image format, with the area to be engraved highlighted or otherwise noted. Failing that, a regular image is acceptable - I can make the vector layout from that file.

Vector formats accepted: DXF, DWG, Illustrator (.ai), Corel Draw (.cdr) or Illustrator-compatible PDF.
Raster formats accepted: JPEG, PNG, TIFF, etc, etc, etc. . .

Please send your designs to with "Custom Engravings" in the subject line. Any questions or inquires can be directed to that email, or the comments section. Please send in your design by March 15th. If you don't send in a design, the standard engravings on the Basic Kit will be used for your camera (which is also fine). Thanks!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

First photo from Duo Prototype 3

Dead Cassette,
Duo Mk.3, f/3.5, 1/30s, FP100C

Prototype 3 Build - Day 9

Today is, potentially, the end of our journey. We'll just tie up the loose ends, and hopefully we'll have a test photo or two by the end of the day!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Prototype 3 Build - Days 3, 4, 5, 6. . .

The past four days just flew by! Due to some schedule snafus, the only progress made on the prototype was finishing of the main components in Minwax Polycrylic. It's not perfect, but right now we have a pretty high build of semi-gloss finish, with a few spots of pooling and dust inclusions. Now we can continue with final assembly of the camera body.

Relegated to a lonely corner of the house, Duo is taking shape atop a copy of The Beacon, everyone's favorite collegiate newspaper. . .

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Prototype 3 Build - Day 2

Here's Part 2 of our saga.

Prototype 3 Build - Day 1

Let's just cut to the chase - I got the parts for Prototype 3 in the mail today. I thought it might be helpful for backers to see the process of building the camera (even though this is a pre-production model - take everything with a grain of salt!).

The laser cut parts arrived in rather unceremonious looking packaging. If there's one thing after-school specials taught me, however, you can't judge a book by a cover. So let's get started, with the viewfinder hood.