Have you ever dreamt of having a camera that was designed by yourself and different from all the others out there? I have. That is why I customized my Holga 135 PC in a very easy way and turned it into a unique zebra camera.
As it’s already Christmas time I started browsing the online shop for some new accessories for my beloved Holga 135 pinhole as presents to myself. Of course I stumbled over the Lomo LC-A+ Japan Edition and of course I fell in love with it. But its price will prevent me from purchasing it – although it definitely would be worth it.
This camera is so fascinating to me because it’s even more original than the other Lomographic cameras and will only belong to a handful of people. Then the idea of personalizing my own camera crossed my mind. I wanted to have a camera which is unique and cannot be bought by anyone!
I thought about painting it but I do not have enough confidence in my art skills and was afraid I might ruin its good looks instead of improving them. So I decided to search online for a pattern, to print it and to stick it on my camera. I chose a zebra pattern – mainly because it’s black and white.
This is what you need:
• a nice pattern
• a printer
• a ruler to take the measurements, scissors and double-sided adhesive tape
I took the measurements for the parts that had a different surface than the rest. These were the parts I wanted to customize, so that I would not destroy the original design – just change it a bit. I printed the pattern, cut it to the right size and used double-sided adhesive tape to attach it. In this way I can change my design whenever I want to and remove it if I want to.
As for my Holga I really like it, but this probably does not work for all lomographic cameras – or can you prove me wrong? :)