Engineering Student Builds TLR Camera from Scratch

2012-11-05 5

One University student has singlehandedly designed and built a twin-lens reflex camera that has knocked our socks off. We just had to share the find with you! Be inspired to build your own camera and truly step into a time when camera pioneers and inventors roamed the lamp-lit streets!

The stunning Twin-Lens Reflex Camera pictured here is yet to be named by Mechanical Engineering student and Photographer, Kevin Kadooka, who definitely put a lot of “TLC” into his TLR.

Image via PetaPixel

The lens chosen by Kadooka to affix to the front is a “Mamiya-Sekor 105mm f/3.5 Chrome lens”. The camera shoots instant film with an instant back attached to the birch plywood, cut and assembled by Kadooka from his sketches and models.

All in all Kadooka says it took hom 2 months to brainstorm and conceptualize the project.

Image via PetaPixel

Lightweight, and easy to use in most well-lit conditions, Kadooka says he’s enjoyed testing his beaut and conveys that it’s a fun process to get to know his creation better and discover what minor modifications it needs inorder to produce optimal quality photographs with it.

To see Kadooka’s photographs taken with his custom-made TLR visit his Flickr. Information for this article was taken from PetaPixel

written by soundfoodaround on 2012-11-05 #news #diy #wood #handmade #build #analogue-cameras #assemble #camera-modifications #twin-reflex


  1. danbarry
    danbarry ·

    hope we get to see the results!

  2. clownshoes
    clownshoes ·

    HA! just like a Mamiya. Guess it makes for a good plan when the mechanics finally blow out.

  3. johnccc
    johnccc ·

    Amazing !

  4. tattso
    tattso ·

    amazing workmanship.

  5. co
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