Konstructor is a neat $35 film camera you can build yourself

Credit: Lomography

The lo-fi film lovers at Lomography have really outdone themselves this time with a 35-millimeter SLR camera called the Konstruktor that you have to assemble yourself. No, this isn’t some kind of half-baked camera product. The idea here is to have fun building your own personal shooter while learning how the mechanical bits in a camera actually work.

For $35, you get a box filled with everything you need to put the DIY camera together, including a 50-millimeter lens, a film holder, a top-down viewfinder, and the camera body itself. So you really are basically building the camera from scratch.


But don’t feel too overwhelmed; according to Lomography, it’s a fairly straightforward build that only needs a single included screwdriver, some plastic parts you snap together, and one to two hours of your time. If you're comfortable with building model airplanes or Gundam models, you'll feel right at home. The kit also includes a number of colorful stickers to give your camera some personal flair.

Once you put it together, you should have a fully working 35-millimeter camera that can take multiple exposures with a maximum shutter speed of 1/80 of a second. The camera works with a variety of Lomography’s stylish films and of course you’re free to load it up with your own film stock.

A photo taken with this built-it-yourself camera.

[Lomography Konstruktor]

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