Assembly time anywhere between 1-3 hours. Small Phillips Screwdriver is needed
Uses 35mm film (not included)
Includes a 24 Month Manufacturer Warranty
The Fotodiox DIY Twin Lens Reflex (TLR) Camera is a beautiful DIY (Do-It-Yourself) camera that represents everything that is lomo. We ly love the idea of a camera that not only takes great photos, but is also one that you get to build yourself!
The Fotodiox DIY TLR camera comes with all the necessary parts in a neatly packaged box along with English instructions. Going through the process of assembling the camera is not only a joy in itself, but allows you to ultimately understand the exact function that every part ultimately plays in order to capture a photo - it truly is an amazing experience!
If you are a lomo lover and a DIY fan, this DIY camera could not be better! NO time to wait, enjoy your LOMO life and enjoy your DIY life at once. This is a great fun way to build your own TLR Camera and understand how camera works. This camera is easy to carry around and easy to use. It is also an excellent gift for children to learn the concept of how a camera works. And you never have to worry that they will disassemble your expensive digital camera because they want to see what is inside!
The TLR stands for Twin Lens Reflex. There are two lenses - one for capturing the photo onto film, and the other that acts as as a viewfinder for framing the photo. The main advantage of this is that you can compose your shots from waist height. Features: Double Anti-TLR Camera Assembly 35mm Format Film Plastic Optical Lenses Twin Lens Reflex Type Adjustable Focusing Tripod Installable Multi Exposure Possible An Excellent Gift for Children, Educational and Fun
Notes: Best photos are taken on a bright day Hold the camera very still when shooting Assembles in about an hour - small phillips screwdriver needed Uses 35mm film (NOT included) preferably iso 200 or 400 Instructions to build camera included
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I bought this camera a few weeks back and I wanted to put it together and shoot a roll of film with it before I wrote my review. Overall, this is probably the best option for people interested in shooting 35mm with a Lomo-style camera, but there are a few hang-ups I have with the product.
First, I will say my experience in building the unit was consistent with the other reviews: springs C and D were mixed up, the instructions used the Anglo alphabet but did not closely resemble English, and the pictures in the manual were more informative than the written instructions. Like another reviewer said, if you have experience building model cars/planes/trains, you shouldn't have too many difficulties with it.
The camera functions reasonably well. The advancement mechanism uses a little arrow on a circular dial that makes a half-turn every time the frame advances, so keeping your film lined up isn't too hard. Of course, there is no counter on it, so you'll have to...
I bought the Fotodiox version of the Recesky DIY, assemble-it-yourself camera from Amazon. The assembly was pretty easy (warning: Springs C and D are swapped in the assembly manual), and I had my camera done in less than an hour. Today I shot a test roll through it and had it developed. I scanned at home on my Plustek 7600i scanner, using VueScan.
Observations? Despite being built entirely of plastic, it feels pretty sturdy--I mean, I wouldn't want to drop it on concrete or anything, but there are no squeaks, the body doesn't "give" when you grip it, etc. There's pretty severe vignetting when shooting up close. The zone focusing is very forgiving (or I got real lucky with my first roll). The plastic lens is surprisingly sharp in the middle, but blurs severely towards the outer edges. The film "counter" is accurate enough that I didn't have any problem with the frames being out of position on the film holder on my scanner.
I've uploaded some sample shots from the...
Fun little camera to put together. Still haven't developed the first roll yet, but should be in the next week or so and will update the review then.
REMEMBER: This is a $14 TOY camera with a single plastic lens (okay, it is a twin lens reflex, so it has two: one for view finder, one for film exposure), you are not going to get clear, sharp focused pictures. That is part of the draw to cameras of this type. You will need to run a test roll to see how bad the light leaks are and how the camera focuses (or doesn't focus). Take some notes so you remember what you did when you develop the test roll so you know how to use the camera well. Black gaffers tape may be necessary to prevent excessive light leaks.
If you decide to build these with kids, assemble the shutter release mechanism and test beforehand to make this a manageable and enjoyable project.
If you are a tinkerer or work with your hands, this goes together quickly. Finished this in less than an...
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