So far I had lots of fun with the Konstruktor kit and I am very certain that I will in future. I have placed my order on launch day and I was excited like a kid on Christmas Eve. Eventually, I received my parcel from Vienna, ignored everything else and started to build my DIY SLR camera immediately.
Building the Konstruktor
Everything was nicely packed and easy to identify. The whole process of building the DIY SLR camera took me about three hours with mistakes and reassembling. Yeah, I know it says on the box approximate 1-2 hours but my impatience led to a few mistakes. For example I had little trouble with the viewfinder hood when I accidentally mixed up the left with the right flip thingies. They were quite a fiddle to separate from the main part again as I had to be careful not the break the plastic. In the end I managed to do it the right way and continued following carefully the instructions. Although, the instructions are relatively easy to understand I must say it could have been clearer of how many screws of each type come with this DIY SLR kit. Once I have finished my Konstruktor camera I had some screws left but I am very sure that I have used all screws necessary.
Anyway, in my time lapse video you will see the whole progress in three minutes.
Once I started shooting with this little SLR camera, I almost could not believe that I actually capture photographs. But when I got the results I was very pleased and surprised.
And of course I won’t leave this blog post without a tipster. My humble tipster is about the missing neck strap for the Konstruktor camera. At first I was thinking of buying a nice one on eBay but then I just attached a spare shoelace on shiny rings. There you go, cheap and cheerful and still DIY!
I don’t have much to say about my design but I was thinking of a Leica label when I put that red dot on my DIY SLR camera, that’s all. Overall, I am very pleased with this camera and I am looking forward to shoot more film with it in future and see the results (I have currently a Kodak BW400CN film in my Konstruktor. :)