Tipster of the Week: Do Your Own Splitzer


Why not make one for your old LC-A or other cameras? It’s simple, cheap and the possibilities are endless!

DIY Splitzer by ukaa

Today we’re making a cheap Splitzer alternative for your LC-A or other cameras. The materials we need are:

  • scissors (or an exacto knife)
  • double sided tape
  • a piece of black plastic (or paperboard)
  • some regular tape

The result can be seen in the photo above. Now let’s make this smiling little fellow

Take the piece of black plastic or paperboard and make sure it’s big enough to cover the complete area of your lens. Then cut it in 3 sections as seen in the photo above. The part on the right will be used to attach the splitzer to your camera. Since there isn’t much space next to the LC-A’s lens, it’s only a very thing part. The other two parts on the left should be about the same size, with a nice horizontal cut in the middle. To keep the whole thing together, I’ve used some regular transparent tape. This allows the 2 left parts to move like a door. Both left parts can move separately. Decorations are fun and I’m sure you can do a better job than my smiley face. Go wild and stand out!

Cut off some thin strips of double sided tape and stick them on the left and right of your lens. You can also use regular tape and make a loop so it sticks on the outside. Make sure you use proper tape though, so you can pull it off your camera later without leave nasty traces. The double sided tape I used comes off easily without damaging the LC-A’s body.

Now you can simply place the splitzer you made on the camera. Align the right part of the splitzer on the right strip of double sided tape. It’s important that this part is well attached and doesn’t move much. You can now move both doors of the splitzer. In the photo above, the bottom door is closed, and sticks to the tape on the left. The top door is open. I’ve also added an extra strip of double sided tape on top of the right part of the splitzer. That way, when you open a door, you can stick it so it stays open.

Now it’s time to play! Open one door, take a photo and then do a double exposure with the other door open. Don’t forget to close the first door! Unless you really want it like that. Experiment! You could try to cut different shapes of doors, attach the splitzer vertical or diagonal… Of course you can also try to make a splitzer for other lomographic cameras, just make sure the whole lens part is covered.

If you’re in need of photographic inspiration, always check the Tipster for the latest stuff and if you have one there you’d like to share, submit them here.

written by ukaa on 2009-04-12 #gear #tutorials #diy #splitzer #tipster #tipster-of-the-week


  1. janidays
    janidays ·

    great !! :D

  2. ishoothorizon
    ishoothorizon ·

    The city of the shooting is Ghent, Belgium.

  3. breakphreak
    breakphreak ·

    funny, yeah :)

  4. eyecon
    eyecon ·

    Great Idea!

  5. stouf
    stouf ·

    Yeah ! I'm doing the kind of the same with my Holga ! Great tip! And by the way, the simplest splitzer is obtained by just putting fingers in front of your lens... Lomo on ! And your gallery is awesome !

  6. lomosexual_manboy
    lomosexual_manboy ·

    Cool and simple yet effective.

  7. la0da
    la0da ·

    funny man~~must go n try!!!

  8. cinzinc
    cinzinc ·

    no.8 is cool!

  9. jaminsemirang
    jaminsemirang ·

    I can't wait to try this, ahahahah, i have an IKOFLEX, the seller said I can use Splitzer for that cam, hohohohoh

  10. sugiyamasatomi
    sugiyamasatomi ·

    I love the little smiley face :) #8 is my favorite shot!

  11. weechonghooi
    weechonghooi ·

    Brilliant ideA~!!!

  12. ukaaa
    ukaaa ·

    Thanks guys and girls, glad you like it! :)
    I'd love to see your creations, so please leave me a comment if you have something splizery to show!

    ishoothorizon: You're right, most photos were taken in Ghent, Belgium! :)

  13. maddyoulook
    maddyoulook ·

    trippy xD

  14. ammar
    ammar ·

    love it. nice work.

  15. mephisto19
    mephisto19 ·

    the gallery is great!!! wow!

  16. bloomingwreath
    bloomingwreath ·

    Great idea! :) i will try this soon :)

  17. geiza_dobashi
    geiza_dobashi ·

    SO go on. How do i do a double exposure using the Lomo LC-A?????

  18. ukaaa
    ukaaa ·

    Thanks everybody! And geiza_dobashi, to double expose, you need to take a normal photo first but then, before you move to the next photo, you press the small button on the bottom of the LC-A. While you keep it pressed, rotate the film crank as if you would go to the next frame. After rotating, remove your finger from the button and take the second photo :)

  19. reinertlee
    reinertlee ·


  20. zulupt
    zulupt ·

    Awesom tip!!!
    I´m going to try it today. Thanks!

  21. djmusician
    djmusician ·


  22. planetape2001
    planetape2001 ·

    I love the set!

  23. daylightsecretsyells
    daylightsecretsyells ·

    ill have to try this

  24. breeshark
    breeshark ·

    can i do this with my fisheye???

  25. mickael
    mickael ·


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