I got an update on SmallHD’s 5Dmk3 port protector kickstarter. It was supposed to ship in April but they ran into a few manufacturing glitches. Hopefully they’ll get them worked out and ship soon so I can do a review. Below is their latest email:
Greetings KickStarter Backers and Supporters,
We finally received the second sample that we requested from our ABS plastic manufacturer. The first sample had some minor cosmetic and functionality issues we wanted them to fix. The good news is that the new sample seems to have corrected all the cosmetic issues.
The main difference between sample 1 and sample 2 is that they added a rubberized coating, which fixed all the cosmetic issues we were having. Unfortunately, this seems to have impacted the way the Port Protector grips the 5D Mark III camera body.
We are running thorough tests today to evaluate the sample. As much as we hate setbacks, we will not put our name on this product unless we are happy with how it is functioning. We will provide you with the results of our testing tomorrow (April 24th) or the next (April 25th).
Thank you for your continued support and patience.