PopPhoto Reviews the Konstruktor DIY 35mm film SLR

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Dan Bracaglia of Popphoto.com took the challenge to construct and test drive the Konstruktor, the latest member of Lomography’s roster of analogue shooters. Did he succeed at putting all the pieces together? How did he find the shooting experience? Find out after the jump!

A couple of weeks after it was launched, tech and photography blogs/websites have been sharing their first impressions on the Konstruktor. However, Lomography’s latest analogue offering comes with a challenge, for as its name suggests, one needs to build it first (yep, put all the pieces together) in order to shoot with it. It’s definitely not for the faint-hearted, but if you’re someone with a penchant for all things DIY, the Konstruktor’s build-your-own camera challenge may be something you will enjoy taking on.

Dan Bracaglia of Popphoto.com (Popular Photography) recently took the challenge of putting together all the pieces to make the Konstruktor, and while he said it was not easy (“Did building this camera make me pull out my hair? Yes.”), he also said the final outcome — “a very fun and capable film camera” — “made it all worthwhile.”

But, what about the shooting experience? Dan took his newly-constructed Konstruktor out for a test drive and reported:

Upon completing the building process, I loaded my Konstruktor up with a roll of Kodak Portra 120 (Although it’s most likely the Kodak Portra 160 in 35mm – Ed) and hit the streets. I’ve had less-than-stellar experiences loading other plastic cameras in the past, but the Konstruktor is surprisingly simple and painless.

Want to find out more? Check out Dan Brucaglia’s full review over at Pophoto.com to take a look at some more sample snaps and a time lapse video on building the Konstruktor!

written by plasticpopsicle on 2013-06-24 #news #review #press #lomography #news #konstruktor #lomography-in-the-press #popphoto


  1. wesco
    wesco ·

    I am pretty curious how he managed to put a roll of Kodak Porta 120 (medium format) into a 35mm camera? This might explain his "less-than-stellar" experiences in the past ;-)

  2. plasticpopsicle
    plasticpopsicle ·

    @wesco He meant the Kodak Portra 120 35mm, 120 is the film speed :)

  3. wesco
    wesco ·

    @plasticpopsicle: Kodak Portra is only available in iso 160, 400 and 800, so I think he used the iso 160 film in 35mm format and mixed it up with the 120 film format....

  4. plasticpopsicle
    plasticpopsicle ·

    @wesco Oh yes, now that you mentioned it, it must be the Portra 160 that he used but confused it with the 120 format instead. Edited the article a bit and left a note about it. Thanks for spotting that!

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