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Build Your Own SLR Camera from Scratch | Lomography Announces Konstruktor

By Jules Ebe on June 14th 2013

Lomography’s Konstruktor gives you the opportunity to easily build your very own 35mm SLR camera from scratch. The first of its kind.


The new camera is available as a DIY kit which makes it a great camera for kids, analogue enthusiasts (such as myself), and people who enjoy putting things together. Lomography’s USA CEO has actually stated that the company is encouraging hacks with this camera. This is good news for a community that already loves to tweak the Holga and Diana models.

Introducing Konstruktor – The World’s First Build-It-Yourself 35mm SLR Camera

Construction and Build Quality


The kit folds out and contains everything you need to build (and some things you don’t). The company states that it will take one to two hours to put the full assembly together, but some claim it can be done in as little as 16 minutes.


The viewfinder is similar to the old-fashioned dual-lens reflex camera bodies, and is housed on the top, not the back of the camera. You simply look down through the magnifier and focus with your lens. It is collapsible when not in use. This will be helpful to keep the inside clean when not in use, and also allow you to store it a little easier.

Where you would normally find the shutter speeds (circling around the film advance button) you will find your film counter instead.


As an analog camera, you get the opportunity to learn on a simple film body, though the restrictions of a locked in shutter speed and focal length may prove a challenge for some. As a DIY, it will be as stable and as strong as you make it. In general, most DIY are going to have less construction quality as their pre-assembled counterparts. With that said, you can always tweak the design and customize it to your heart’s content.

Features and Technical Specs

    • DIY 35mm SLR camera with interchangeable lens system
    • Detachable 50mm f/10 lens
    • Shutter speed: 1/80s
    • Multiple exposure capability
    • Focus Distance: 0.5m – Infinity
    • Dimensions: 121 × 33 × 65mm
    • 35mm (135) Film
    • Tripod thread for long exposures
    • Suitable for ages 12 and above
    • Takes about 1-2 hours to build
    • Price: $35.00

Using The Konstruktor: Tutorial Video

35mm Color Image Samples




To purchase, click here.

So what are your thoughts on the new DIY 35mm SLR? Would you purchase this for yourself or as a gift?

Until Next Time . . .

Stay Inspired ~ Jules

[via Phoblographer]


is a Southern California based Conceptual Artist and Photographer. Her work has been featured in several print publications and selections can be seen in local gallery exhibitions. Connect with her on Facebook and Google+.

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