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Konstruktor DIY Kit

This newest camera from Lomography was easy to assemble. A few extra tools make it a little easier

I received my Konstruktor in the mail last week, but being a busy stay-at-home dad to a teething baby does not afford me much time to build a camera. Although it says a 1-2 hour project, it took me several “nap times” assembling a section at a time in a place my little one would not eat the screws.

I found the box fun and I like that it is recyclable.

The parts layout was nice.

While constructing the camera, I found that the included screwdriver was not to my liking. I had a screwdriver for eyeglasses that was more suited to the included screws. I appreciate that the kit provides a tool, but I just preferred my own. I also find that a small cutting tool made removing the parts from the die trees clean and easy. I had less excess plastic on my parts or could clean off little nubs of unwanted plastic.

The final major part assemble went together quite smoothly. I imagined that the small parts would jumble about as I put the face, body and back together, I solved that by skipping ahead a step and putting two screws in to the viewfinder to stabilize the small parts while I fumbled around making sure things lined up.

I then tested the camera on the shutter on normal and bulb modes. I was fascinated by the setting of the shutter movement. I had never seen the movement from a SLR so closely. I have two SLRs but I had not assembled them and their cocking mechanism is internal. I removed the green plastic covering the mirror. I had forgotten to do this on my Recesky TLR and it through me off for a roll. I placed the lens on and began to decorate.

I had seen the red and black decals for the camera form the website, but had not noticed the included white before. Changing it up, I chose white. I found that a pair of tweezers was invaluable in placing the decals and wrap. Yes, those are pink tweezers. My manly rusted ones with skulls on it was in the repair shop so I used my wife’s pair. I used the tweezers to push the material flush and smooth the corners down.

I have assembled seven kit cameras now including the Konstruktor. Neither the hardest nor the easiest, it is probably the most complex of the models if you were to include the SLR mechanism. I would have preferred better diagrams and the parts list at the beginning of the instruction book, but those are personal predilections.

I found a few extra (I hope) screws and a spring leftover after construction. I put those in an old film canister to store for emergency.

Now I am just waiting for the weekend to run a roll or two through it.

Aloha

written by neanderthalis

5 comments

  1. metobi

    metobi

    The leftover spring is an emergency spring, if you break the first one accidentally. And two leftover screws belong in the two holes inside that hole where the film cannister goes but it's not mentioned in the instructional.

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  2. alex34

    alex34

    Enjoy it!

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  3. neanderthalis

    neanderthalis

    @alex34 Thank you
    @metobi Thank you for the tip. I see what you mean in one of the beginning diagrams with the screws. It was not listed in the regular instructions.

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  4. lionfever

    lionfever

    HI. I wanna ask. Did you remove the blue plastic inside the camera that shows the mirror ? I did not in the first place. and after finish constructing it. I found out that no imaged were on the viewfinder. Then I removed it. Did you ?a
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  5. neanderthalis

    neanderthalis

    @lionfever Yes I removed the blue plastic inside the camera before putting on the lens. I had a similar plastic on another kit I assembled called the Recesky TLR kit. It just makes it easier for us to see. It should not affect the images.

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