I guess there is not much that can beat a camera that is both analog and down right fully DIYed. Especially if you are addicted to analog. Lomography just announced their latest camera – The Konstruktor. It is a wonderful fully Do It Yourself SLR camera that you get to build from scratch.
The Konstruktor is not that 35mm pinhole kit you usually buy on eBay, but a full fledged SLR camera with an interchangeable lens system and a top-down viewfinder to see what you shoot and to focus. And more accessories in the pipeline.
Here is a closer look on how the camera looks before and after assembly (prepare for about 2 hours of screws, clicks, twists and clips).
The specs are surprisingly not very DIYish.
- DIY 35mm SLR camera with interchangeable lens system
- Includes 50mm f/10 lens
- Shutter speed: 1/80s
- Multiple exposure capability
- Tripod thread for long exposures
- Suitable for ages 12 and above
- Takes about 1-2 hours to build
Here is a short video that really makes you wanna go and get one.
Finally, here are some photos taken with the Konstruktor. I think it would make a great learning tool for anyone who is interested in learning how cameras work.
[Konstruktor | $35 at Lomography.com]
P.S. if this is not DIY enough for you, you can try the KDS-POTO2 camera, this one does not even instructions and you have to orders the plastics from a Ponoko or alike.