Build your own SLR for 30

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  • kalel 13 Jun 2013 11:26:04 87,689 posts
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    Lomogrpahy's new product that they've been hinting at for a while has been revealed, and it's a DIY SLR kit. Pretty cool.

    http://shop.lomography.com/gb/konstruktor
  • BillMurray 13 Jun 2013 11:47:38 7,742 posts
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    Surprisingly cheap for a Lomo product.
  • Tomo 13 Jun 2013 12:25:08 13,917 posts
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    Wow, that's pretty neat. Like an Airfix camera. Not sure I'd use it, but I can't help wanting one...
  • S.J.Rogers 13 Jun 2013 12:57:11 3,557 posts
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    It's a Hipsters wet dream..!
  • Zizoo 13 Jun 2013 12:58:02 8,378 posts
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    S.J.Rogers wrote:
    It's a Hipsters wet dream..!
    "Where'd you get camera?"

    "Built it, like omg duh"
  • S.J.Rogers 13 Jun 2013 12:59:18 3,557 posts
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    :)
  • Lamb 13 Jun 2013 13:00:30 474 posts
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    I thought it was a Mercedes model car. :D
  • GuiltySpark 13 Jun 2013 13:14:21 6,387 posts
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    Decent present for Father's Day you reckon?

    Get bent.

  • kalel 13 Jun 2013 13:58:36 87,689 posts
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    It's definitely a nice present for a photographer, rather than something you'd buy yourself. Good price point as well.

    I wonder if the DIY nature of it makes it susceptible to light leaks and such. Quite like the idea of something with the flexibility of an SLR, but with the randomness of a Holga or something.
  • LeoliansBro 13 Jun 2013 14:01:11 44,246 posts
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    Would you trust your lenses with something so flimsy?

    LB, you really are a massive geek.

  • kalel 13 Jun 2013 14:05:53 87,689 posts
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    LeoliansBro wrote:
    Would you trust your lenses with something so flimsy?
    I don't think anyone's going to stick an L lens on it, but you could have some fun with some old vintage lenses and stuff. You can get old duffed up lenses for next to nothing, and they'll probably look better anyway, as this is more about taking photos with character than ultra-sharp milky bokkeh etc.
  • thedaveeyres 13 Jun 2013 14:08:11 11,070 posts
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    This is awesome. Link sent to wifey, father's day sorted. :)

    D****** ******r

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  • kalel 13 Jun 2013 14:09:41 87,689 posts
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    Maybe they'll do a range of DIY lenses!
  • LeoliansBro 13 Jun 2013 14:12:42 44,246 posts
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    I have to say, more than anything yet this would make me want to get into photography. I like your 'duffed up lenses' idea but would have no idea what I was looking for.

    LB, you really are a massive geek.

  • kalel 13 Jun 2013 14:13:59 87,689 posts
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    It comes with a 50mm lens which would be totally ideal anyway, so you don't even need to worry about buying lenses.
  • ram 13 Jun 2013 14:48:27 3,481 posts
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    30 for the SLR
    15-25 every time you develop a film :/
  • kalel 13 Jun 2013 14:52:49 87,689 posts
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    Mmm, yeah.

    Do ASDA still do it? They were super cheap at one point. 2 a film or something.
  • LeoliansBro 13 Jun 2013 14:53:57 44,246 posts
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    Be pretty easy to make a DIY digital SLR as well, I would have thought.

    LB, you really are a massive geek.

  • kalel 13 Jun 2013 14:59:11 87,689 posts
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    Sounds complicated to me.
  • BillMurray 13 Jun 2013 15:31:15 7,742 posts
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    @kalel My local Asda still definitely develop. Developing film is certainly not 15-25 quid every time. Plenty of places do cheap mailorder processing still aswell.
  • kalel 13 Jun 2013 16:48:38 87,689 posts
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    I usually get a high-res CD whenever I get a film developed which does tend to push the price up towards 15 or so, but yeah, that was a bit of an overstatement.
  • LeoliansBro 13 Jun 2013 16:51:03 44,246 posts
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    kalel wrote:
    Sounds complicated to me.
    For why? Same structure, just an electronic sensor in the place of the film.

    (Note: I know nothing about how digital cameras work.)

    LB, you really are a massive geek.

  • kalel 13 Jun 2013 16:59:53 87,689 posts
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    LeoliansBro wrote:
    kalel wrote:
    Sounds complicated to me.
    For why? Same structure, just an electronic sensor in the place of the film.

    (Note: I know nothing about how digital cameras work.)
    Sensors are very delicate things for one. And you musn't get dust on them, so them being part of a DIY kit makes it go from a fun airfix rough and ready affair, to a delicate white glove wearing watch-making type affair.

    Also there's batteries to deal with. Would AAs power a DSLR? Also it would be the world's most basic DSLR - you'd have no auto-metering or auto-focus or any the other main benefits of one (beyond it having digital images).

    It's probably not totally impossible but it feels like it would be quite a different thing to this. The whole point of this is that it's so simple.
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