We'll start with he Positive Things that WORKED:
Film Ferrania & Film Silberra:
I'm still testing these films, but they were either delivered on time, or communication was good and I understood the problems.
Reality So Subtle Pinhole:
Great little camera. Still figuring out the Range Finding. Has the smoothest mechanism of any pinhole that I have used. Film never binds or curls. Will continue to work with the range and will be ready for World-Wide Pinhole Day 2019.
Ay Mariposa Film:
Currently backing this Film and Book Project about how the Border Wall will affect the Environment. My Book Arrived last week:
Now to move on to the FAILURES:
Well, one small disappointment and one WHOPPING BIG FAILURE:
A small disappointment. I was an Early Backer. They have great results posted. But I got a bad batch of 5 cans. All of mine failed. When I contacted them I was told I'd get replacementts. OK all 5 failed and I get ONE can.
To quote a song, "There must be some misunderstanding?" Not sure what I will do with my single can. It's a novel but one-off solargram camera. I really prefer to be sustainable and use something that at least theoretically can be re-used a second or third time.
Now for the BIG FAILURE: The Mercury Universal Camera
This link goes to my "Review". I ordered the M645 version. Seems like almost nobody else did. Worked most effectively for the 4X5 and RB67 models. Very frustrating and costly:
I felt that I had no support; posted on their FaceBook Page for assistance and was ignored. The essence of my Problem was that the Spacer provided DID NOT work with the 645 lens. So I ended up with the round images posted. The Spacer also did not work well with the Ilex #4.
It certainly cannot compete with my extensive Mamiya medium format camera family. And I wasn't expecting it to. It sounded fun and I was willing to go with the experiment. But it just never worked for the model I ordered........
After the New Year I will try to sell of the accessories and recover what I can. Or maybe it is not even worth that effort.......
So those are my New Product Backing Experiences for 2018.