Lomography Konstruktor is the World’s First Build-It-Yourself 35mm SLR


You may have seen built-it-yourself 35mm pinhole cameras before, but have you ever seen a DIY SLR? Lomography today announced the Konstruktor, a camera it calls “the world’s first 35mm do-it-yourself” SLR camera. If you loved building model airplanes as a kid, this is one camera kit you’re going to love.


The camera comes in a cardboard box with a number of large components and a whole bunch of small ones. Among the large components that form the foundation of the camera are a body, a viewfinder system, a backside, and a film holder:



Assembly is pretty straightforward: simply follow the step-by-step instructions on snapping and screwing the different pieces together (there’s a screwdriver in the kit). Lomography says that you’ll need to set aside about 1-2 hours to build the camera.

The resulting camera is a fully working 35mm SLR that features a top-down viewfinder, the ability to capture multiple exposures, a max shutter speed of 1/80s, bulb mode for long exposures, a tripod thread, and a detachable 50mm f/10 lens.



The kit includes a number of colorful covers that can give you some options in how you want your camera styled.


Here’s a short video that introduces the Konstruktor:

Here’s a video showing how the finished camera is used:

In addition to being a neat project for adult photo enthusiasts, this kit would be a great way to teach a child about photography (it’s geared towards people ages 12 and up).

Here are some sample photographs captured with the Konstruktor:

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You can pick up a Konstruktor for $35 over in Lomography’s online shop. To learn more about the camera, check out the micro site set up for it.

  • [email protected]

    In before the first use of the word “hipster”.

  • Adam Cross

    really?…ugh. I’ve seen Canon A1 cameras go for less than $35 on eBay with 50mm f/1.8 lenses, not this f/10 nonsense

  • Jigga

    Master of Lightleaks!

  • Chris

    This could be a nice not-so-expensive gift for a photog friend.

  • Mike

    Hey photography is just a highly accurate light leak :)

  • Maverick

    I’l be picking one up. No it won’t be serious camera in any means. “Hipsters” wouldn’t spend two hours to build something that’s for sure. The images are “Artistic” to me though. For 35$ yes you could buy a way better camera, but i wouldn’t have as much fun as the new Lomo camera.

  • Stainless Steve

    Superheadz “Last Camera” looks a lot nicer looking than this, and comes with two alternate lenses. I don’t think Lomography are as inovative as they used to be.

  • DeanoTheBee

    I like it. It’s nice and educational :D

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  • Rita Su

    this is way cheaper than the gakkenflex TLR model kit i bought a few years ago. after seeing your post, i ran over to my lomo store and picked up 3 kits so i can share them with friends. it’s just too bad that my friend is away so i’d have to wait for a few months to go by before i can build it with him. the lomo guy was super impressed that i heard about it because he just got them in the store and hasn’t entered it into their system yet. /win

  • alreadyupsidedown

    $35 is actually a pretty reasonable price, when compared to the cost of other assembly kits that feature injection moulded parts. New model car or airplane kits can easily range from $20-50 for the more basic versions. Where as this is a fully functioning camera, and is presented and packaged a whole lot better than most hobby companies would, for the money.

    Food for thought.

    I’d probably still buy a K1000 with a 50mm f1.8 or f2 for my personal ‘practical use’ if I had to spend the money on a functional film SLR. But I’d totally be stoked to receive this as a gift or something.

    Yes, it’s $35. But I’d say you would buy this for the experience, not so much the final product.

  • Woody

    Yet another much too expensive, gimmicky plasitc toy camera from Lomorgraphy…

  • ripley

    Are you saying that hipsters wouldn’t bother spending two hours to build something, or that they would take less than two hours to build it?


    if is 10-15 dollars i don’t mind… but wait…

  • Maverick

    wouldn’t bother

  • Nik.C

    Haters gotta hate, as much as you deride Lomo, they are the reason film photography is still alive and thriving in the world, and for many it’s the entry point into a seemingly arcane practice, then once the bug hits they move onto a “proper” camera, this is what re-ignited my love of film photography some 10 years ago now, and led me to acquire about 10 film cameras, some mint, some battered and in the process of being repaired ( by me) Where else can you walk into a store on the high street and pick up a film camera?
    I don’t and haven’t used a lomo for about 7 years, but for some who know very little of how cameras work, it’s a safe way of getting something that looks cool and works, while having fun, without having to think about using lightmeters etc… and at the same time giving film a much needed boost.
    Some people need to grow up and stop being elitist fanboys.

  • Al Dente

    This is not the first 35mm SLR kit. I was a science geek and one Christmas in the early 70’s my parents got me an optics set with various projects including things you could build and use like telescopes and microscopes. The last project being a working 35mm SLR camera. The camera was odd in that it took Agfa Rapid cartridges and it shot square format. It had 2 screw mount lenses; a pancake lens with a working aperture adjustment and a telephoto that didn’t. You could even screw microscope objective on the pancake lens for micro-photography. I can’t for the life of me remember who made the kit but I suspect my parents got it from Edmunds. I played with it a little but didn’t use it much because it really didn’t take very good pictures and my older brother let me borrow his Canon FTb whenever I wanted.

  • Don C.

    See my post above and check the link. I think this is the kit you are referring to. I had one as well!

  • Al Dente

    Looks just like it. Glad you found the link since it brings back memories. My shutter worked ok. I remember kids ooh and ahh when I boasted that I built the camera myself at my 5th grade show-and-tell. My next adventure was an article in Boy’s Life that showed how to make a pin hole camera with the box from a 35mm roll of film pushed onto a 126 instamatic cartridge. Next I got a box of outdated 4×5 B&W sheet film and I made a pinhole camera with an oatmeal box for super wide angle pinhole pictures; it was about f/128 so it needed some long exposures!. A gas station started giving away Diana (predicessor to Lomos) cameras with fillups and sold foreign B&W 120 film cheap. My experiences making cameras inspired me to modify the plastic cameras to use every lens I could find including cheap singlet magnifiers that gave a dreamy old fashion look to my pictures. Ah the good old days!

  • ripley

    Well, I’ve built heaps of pinhole cameras, and the Recesky TLR, and people tell me I’m a hipster all the time. So you’re making pretty huge assumptions here. In fact, all the “hipsters” that I know are some of the most creative people I’ve met…

  • Scotty145

    I would like to win this camera, it seems like a fun project to put together with my son.