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. :)
written by hvrthe on 2013-07-30