Although I am without a certificate as a camera technician, such has not stopped me from messing around with my toy cameras. It is a fun and worthwhile way of contributing to your photographic output.
Camera modifications and alterations came to me naturally as I continue to explore the seemingly endless possibilities of analogue photography. Of course, I can only play around with my less expensive and less complicated plastic cameras, fearing the I might be at the losing end if dare open up my LC-A+, or my Olympus XA.
Many people perform modification basically to push their cameras to the limit to achieve certain photographic effects. You must have a ton of confidence though. It would be good to read a lot about the specific modification before your begin your operation. There are also a lot of available video tutorials to help you with this purpose. It is also advisable to have all the materials ready before you begin. You wouldn’t want to run to the store in the middle of the night just to buy super glue or what not. You may even perform a modification without necessarily unscrewing you camera. A simple add-on, perhaps, may do quite a few tricks! As per my experience, I have also done at least one camera repair.
Pulling off your alteration of choice is much like finishing a race. A tremendous sense of accomplishment follows. All the more after you have processed the film off of your reinvented camera!
So far, I have done the following modifications.
Back in the day when the 135 adaptor for the Holga 120N was not yet popular, I have already done sprockets using pieces of foam, a spare spool, and some rubber band.
I have also attached a magnifying glass to my Holga 120N to achieve close up or macro shots.
A friend of mine gave me a broken Holga CFN. The springs in the shutter pad was missing so it was only good for bulb mode. With a guitar string, I was able to bring it back to life!
Right now, I am in the middle of doing a multiple exposure modification for my Vivitar UW&S. I also intend to add a hot shoe on top of it so I can use it at night. Some setbacks came along the way, though. I don’t worry that much, I’m just catching my breath; soon I will regain my composure and dive in once again!
What modifications have you done so far?