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Build Your Own Camera

In nyc photographer, NYC Today on November 20, 2014 at 2:10 am

There was talk about an inexpensive camera made of plastic that took photographs with a slight distortion/vignetting around the edges.  It was a beautiful distortion, the images taken with this camera had a “signature” appearance.

Rumor was this camera had been around since 1990 and the store was down in the Village.

A few weeks ago when I was at PDN’s Photo Plus Expo there it was!  A small 35mm camera with removable 50mm lens.  The company Lomography; the model KONSTRUKTOR.

The demonstrator showed me how this manual film camera worked.  It had a fixed aperture at f-10 with 2 speeds of 1/80s or bulb.  And the best part:  you build it from a kit. Not too difficult; for ages 14 and older and it only takes 1 to 2 hours.

I debated purchasing one, but a friend asked me “why not”?  And so I did.

The steps to build this are all very logical and the parts fit nicely together.

Well, my 1 to 2 hours actually turned into 4.  Lesson learned:  read everything first and lay out all the parts.

I highly recommend that you give this a try, it’s really quite an experience!

Looking forward to my first shoot.

Until next time.

Teresa51art

adventure is life, live it! ®

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