Last Camera: A DIY 35mm Camera You Put Together, Lenses and Light Leaks Included


If you’re shopping for a young person who’d benefit from learning a little more about the principles of photography, you may want to consider the LAST Camera: a build-it-yourself 35mm film camera that could well outfreak Lomography for quirky build and artfully distressed images.

Created by Japanese company PowerShovel (gotta like ‘em already with that name) and sold under the Superheadz brand, the LAST is billed as the only DIY camera with interchangeable lenses (you get a 22mm and 45mm in the kit). Not to mention an interchangeable back door — choose from a regular one or a hole-enhanced version for light-leak effects.

Here’s a look at the kit as it arrives at your door:



And here are a couple of sample images taken with the LAST cam:

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Construction is a snap-and-fit affair (similar to the Lomography Konstruktor) that should bring waves of nostalgic pleasure to anyone who ever put together an airplane model, and modular design allows all kinds of possibilities for customizing the camera. PowerShovel has an ongoing contest to see who can come up with the most striking interpretation.

Other Superheadz novelties include a “self-sustainable” camera powered by solar cell or hand crank, and the cat-shaped Necono.

U.S. distribution is still somewhat limited, but you can find the LAST camera online for around $60.

(via Digital Trends)

  • SK

    umm… yeah thats not a rangefinder..

  • Jared

    It’s not a rangefinder, it’s a viewfinder camera. Also, the link near the end reads Holga Konstruktor when it should be Lomography Konstruktor. Just an FYI!

  • Mike

    At last, something that Lomography sells for cheaper.

  • DLCade

    Thanks for the heads up Jared! All fixed :)

  • Fullstop

    Not bad images, considering.

  • David_Evans

    If you want to learn photography with a film camera, at least get one with control over shutter speed, aperture and focusing. They can be found second hand for this sort of price, and probably with a better lens.

  • Rabi Abonour

    You can find a film SLR for nothing these days, but I don’t think this is meant to be compared to a normal camera. It’s a fun toy that’d be a pretty cool gift for someone who likes to build things.

  • Jake

    Oh my goodness! Another company ripped off Lomography for a change? Now I’ve seen everything!

  • Dover

    That will end up being mostly unused. This is junk.

  • Dover

    Just because you were expecting them to be worse does not meant they aren’t bad. They are bad.

  • Cinekpol

    Yep. Buying regular film SLR might be a better deal if someone simply wants to learn film – even more so as you can get these with modern bayonets (Minolta A (for Sony A-mount glass), Canon EOS, Nikon F, Pentax K – all are in there ready to buy easily below 50$) – so you can save money on lenses, and simply use the same glass your DSLR is using! :)
    This is certainly a great educational toy if one wants to learn how the camera works, but I would argue that Konstruktor might be better, as it reminds DSLR more – this is kinda like a film-era compact.

  • Saimon

    It looks like Sigma DP series.

  • Bewar3them00n

    You can get countless rangefinders by Yashica for peanuts these days, or even an Om10 for the price of a roll of film, you might have to spend a little more on a 50mm OM lens and battery, but not much more if you know where to look!
    I taught myself how to repair rangefinders, most just have jammed shutters which can be quickly fixed, there’s something gratifying in getting a Yashica Electro 35 firing again, and that has an amazing lens!

  • Tiska

    Bad compared to what? Your 24-70 f2.8L II on a 5D mk3?

  • Fullstop

    Well of course this is no match to a DSLR but it’s pretty comparable to the crap toy holga cameras that people can buy.

  • Reciprocity

    I got one of these last summer. You need to use a magnifying glass to assemble it because the parts are so small. Also there are three tiny springs that want to shoot across the room as you put them in. Not for the faint of heart. I still need to mess with the take-up reel because it doesn’t advance right yet so I get lots of double exposures.

  • Dave

    I had one of these cameras last year, it took about 3 hours to assemble and worked great! I shot about 4 rolls through is but then the shutter stopped firing. I took it apart to see what was going on and it turned out part of the shutter mechanism was rubbing on its housing and jamming. I tried to get it to move more easily, even used some grease but ended up giving up.
    That being said it was super fun to build and to shoot with while it lasted. If you want to get into shooting film and enjoy building kits like this it will be lots of fun.