Twin Lens Reflex camera - did it myself!

Credits: nostalgina

I bought it on amazon, after a bit of researching of other people’s experiences. There were plenty complaints around the interwebs – mostly concerning the unclear assembly instructions (probably caused by shabby translation who knows from which language), the absence of a screwdriver for the tiny screws in the package, and some screws missing or left over. But at the end everybody loved it anyway.
My seller was awesome enough to throw extra stuff in, which was not originally in the TLR package itself – a screwdriver, a strap for the camera, and the first roll of film. The screwdriver was even the kind with a magnetic tip, which definitely came in handy.

Credits: nostalgina

And the instructions must have gotten better based on the complaints, because I had no problem following them at all. Granted, it will take you more than the hour they say to assemble the whole thing, i’d say 3 to 4 hours is more realistic, but it is great fun. It really does help to see a mechanical camera from the inside, I played with the shutter for ages before I built the rest around it :) And the viewfinder, the viewfinder on this camera is just pure magic.

Credits: nostalgina

Altogether, I am really happy with this addition on my photo shelf. And I love the pictures it makes.

Credits: nostalgina

written by nostalgina on 2012-08-03


  1. guinastrapazi
    guinastrapazi ·

    awesome sauce.. sounds great!

  2. nostalgina
    nostalgina ·

    @guinastrapazi Thank you - it was really fun, and I do love the pictures it makes!

  3. gauthierdumonde
    gauthierdumonde ·

    This will be the last camera I will buy. (for the next year). It just sounds too cool not to try it !!

  4. nostalgina
    nostalgina ·

    @gauthierdumonde Do it :)! It only costs like 15eur on amazon, and it really makes cool pictures.

  5. schlogoat
    schlogoat ·

    Wow. I've never seen it before. I can't tell you how much I want to build my own camera now!

  6. nostalgina
    nostalgina ·

    @schlogoat I think you should give it a go :)!

  7. zonderbar
    zonderbar ·

    Würdest du darüber evtl. mal einen Review im deutschen Magazin einreichen? Würde mich freuen :)

  8. nostalgina
    nostalgina ·

    @zonderbar Thank you, that's really nice :) But unfortunately my German is nearly not good enough to write anything like that; I'm working on it though!

  9. zonderbar
    zonderbar ·

    Then write it in English and I will translate ;)