Lomography Konstruktor DIY camera kit
One of my favourite blogs is called Uncrate, the site is a collection of ‘Gear for guys’ I’m not too sure if it’s good for me (or my wallet) as I end up wishing I owned a lot of stuff they post.
I first saw the Konstruktor mentioned here on Uncrate and I instantly fell in love, the concept of build and using a DIY film camera sounded awesome.
So what is it?
Lomography’s Konstruktor gives you the opportunity to easily build your very own 35mm SLR camera from scratch. It’s the perfect tool for having fun while learning the exciting mechanics behind how analogue photography works. And best of all? The Konstruktor produces wonderfully sharp and vibrant photos which capture the joyful essence of photography.
Some of the features it sports:
- Manual focus (0.5m – infinity)
- Top-down viewfinder
- Two shutter modes: Normal (1/80s) or Bulb (long exposures)
- customisable stickers (body colours: black, white or red)
- 50mm f/10 lens
- Ability to capture multiple exposures (MX)
- Tripod mount (much needed for those long exposures
How hard was it to build?
Here is a video in which a person manages to puts together the camera in about 20 minutes!
The box put it into better perspective saying “Build your own 35mm SLR Camera in 1-2 hours!” it also mentions that this kit is suitable for ages 14 and above.
Even after watch the video a couple of time it still took me about 2 hours – this was due to a couple of mistakes I made, should have read the manual properly!
How much was it?
So I bought it direct from the Lomography website in a bundle called Konstruktor Starter Pack contain the camera kit, 3 films (I chose ISO 100 – due to the sunny nature of the UK recently) and a keyring. On signing up for an account you get 10 free piggies which can be used as £10 off, in total with shipping it cost me about £30.
For more information I’d highly recommend heading to the Konstruktor microsite.
So as of yet I haven’t got my first film developed – as soon I’ve got it done I’ll post the results!