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Nikon D800X: A Huge D800 DSLR Replica Created Out of Styrofoam

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Yage Yang of Taipei, Taiwan is passionate about two things: snapping photos with his camera and building things with his hands. In June 2012, he decided that he would build a giant replica of a Nikon D800 out of styrofoam, just for fun. The project took him an entire year to complete, but the result, a “Nikon D800X,” is ridiculously impressive.

Yang started by carving the body, battery grip, lens, and lens hood pieces out of giant blocks of styrofoam.

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Along with the body, he created all kinds of small buttons, knobs, and dials:

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He also found a glowing LCD screen to serve as the illumination behind the top display panel.

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The lens is a Nikon 14-24mm:

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Here’s what the finished camera shape looks like next to an actual Nikon D800:

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Testing out the ergonomics of the camera:

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Applying a coat of black paint:

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Enlarged decals give the camera extra realism:

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A giant camera box was created to go along with the gear:

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It’s finished! Here’s what the Nikon D800X looks like next to the real thing:

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The LCD panel on the top of the camera actually glows:

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After finishing the replica, Yang took it to a Nikon shop on Taipei’s Camera Street to show the employees there. It was a hit.

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Want to see a detailed step-by-step documentation of how the Nikon D800X was built? Yang has published a boatload of photographs — 210, to be exact — to this Facebook photo album.

Building a Nikon D800X [Facebook via Nikon Rumors]