konstruktor

The World’s First 35mm

Do-It-Yourself SLR Camera

Experience The Essence Of Photography

Perfect for Do-It-Yourself lovers and those interested in learning, understanding and experiencing how analogue photography works, the Konstruktor is a fully-functional 35mm SLR camera which you can easily build at home.

Through the fantastically fun process of assembling this beautiful machine, you’ll learn the essence of photography and be able to shoot wonderfully sharp and vibrant analogue photos. It’s time to take the next step on your exciting photographic adventure and boost your creativity to the max. With the Konstruktor, you don’t just capture analogue beauty, you Konstruct it!

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About

Learn The Mechanics

In the digital world in which we take the complexity behind inventions for granted, there is something deceptively simple about an analogue camera. But how exactly does a film camera work? How are you capable of capturing an image on a film roll by simply clicking a button? What are the inner workings which make this possible?

The Konstruktor allows you to demystify the process of analogue photography by building your camera from the ground up. In constructing it, you’ll begin to understand the intricate mechanics behind the analogue photos you shoot and have a ton of fun in the process. Building the Konstruktor is very easy; it can usually be completed in 1-2 hours and, by the end, you’ll have a fully working SLR camera in your hands!

A New Creative Toolbox

The Konstruktor is a bundle of tricks indeed. Once you have finished building your camera, you’ll be in possession of an awesomely simple yet tremendously clever photographic contraption. Firstly, the Konstruktor is equipped with ‘N’ and ‘B’ mode for regular and long exposures; of course, it has a tripod thread for keeping those long exposures steady. It is also equipped with an uncoupled shutter release and advance, so you can easily produce multiple exposure photos.

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See What You Shoot

The Konstruktor is Lomography’s very first SLR camera. SLR stands for ‘Single Lens Reflex’; with this type of camera, it’s possible to focus and view exactly what you shoot. All you have to do is look through the top-down viewfinder and focus using the ring on the lens. The viewfinder also has a handy magnifier so you can get a better view of what you’re shooting.

Customize Your Creation

Once you’ve finished building the Konstruktor, it’s time to decorate! The camera comes packed with a selection of stickers that you can attach. Bored of your current camera look? Just peel off the stickers and try a different set. Of course, in true Lomographic spirit you can also decide to forget the rules and decorate your Konstrucktor in a totally unique style.

Technical Specifications

  • 35mm (135) Film
  • Detachable 50mm f/10 Lens
  • Shutter Speed: 1/80s with multiple exposures
  • Focus Distance: 0.5m – Infinity
  • Dimensions: 121 × 33 × 65mm

How to Build

Are you the proud new owner of a Konstruktor camera? We bet you are looking forward to shooting some amazing photos with this 35mm SLR camera. In this guide we take you through all the steps in building the camera to make the process easy-peasy!

  1. Laying The Foundations - Parts of the Camera

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    • These diagrams show the parts of the camera
    • When you first get your Konstruktor, some parts of the camera will be attached to a grid, some are already assembled to make the building process easier for you and others are in smaller boxes contained in your Konstruktor package. The best thing to do when you start is to check all the camera parts you have and match them up with the diagram. This will make it a lot easier to do each step in the building process!
  2. Building The Lens

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    Parts Required: x4 S1 Screws, x2 S4 Screws, B16, B17, B18, A8

    1. Technical Diagram
    2. Make sure parts B16 and B18 are connected – Then screw 2 S4 screws into the sides of part B16
    3. Connect the combined part B16/18 to part B17
    4. Then connect the combined part B16/17/18 to part A8
    5. Attach 4 S1 screws into the top of part A8
    6. The completed lens
  3. Building The Hood Viewfinder

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    Parts Required: A7, A12, A13, A14, P11, B27

    1. Technical Diagram
    2. Clip part P11 onto A12 and leave A12 so it it up/open
    3. Attached parts A13 and A14 on the side of the Hood Viewfinder
    4. Attach the magnifying glass B27 to part A7
    5. Clip A7 into P11
    6. The completed Hood Viewfinder
  4. Building The Camera Body

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    Parts Required: x1 S2 Screw, P8, B9, B21

    1. Technical Diagram
    2. The parts you’ll need for this stage
    3. Spring B9 should be attached to the camera body B21 in this position
    4. Attach P8 to B9 – The top of spring B9 should be visible above P8 when connected
    5. Screw S2 into P8
    6. The completed mechanism
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    Parts Required: B20, B22, P4

    1. Technical Diagram
    2. The parts you’ll require for this stage
    3. Hold lever P8 so there is space to place in the part B22
    4. Place P4 in the slot at the bottom of the camera body – You need to push part B22 into the slot of P4
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    Parts Required: x1 Screw S2, P1, P2, P3, P9, B4

    1. Technical Diagram
    2. The parts you’ll need for this step
    3. Place part P1 into B4 – Then squeeze part B4 tightly together – the bottom of B4 must go into the small hole at the bottom of the camera body
    4. Screw S2 into P9 in the camera body – Once you have tightened the screw, P9 should still be able to rotate freely
    5. Attach P3 onto the camera body
    6. Rotate P4 in this direction until P8 goes into the locking position with P1 – A technical diagram demonstrating this step is shown.
    7. Keep P8 in locked position and add part P2 on top of P1
    8. The completed mechanism
  5. Assembling Other Parts

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    Parts Required: x1 S3 Screw, A10, B7, B13, B

    1. Technical Diagram
    2. Parts required for the Rewind Key
    3. Connect A10 and B7 – Then screw S3 into the top to hold them together
    4. Place B13 onto the light chamber with the Matt surface face down
    5. Note the little lip of the sheet – this should match up with the lip on the light chamber to fit
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    Parts Required: x4 S2 Screws, B10, B21, B24, P12, B25, B26

    1. Technical Diagram
    2. Parts Required for the next steps
    3. Attach parts B10 and B24 as shown in technical drawing
    4. Technical diagram showing the next steps
    5. Attach P12 as shown in the technical drawing. As part of this step, you must hook part B10 (the metal part you just attached to the camera body) onto P12; using a needle is a good trick for doing this more fiddly part of the assembling process!
    6. Attach x3 S2 screws into P12 to hold it in place
    7. Add part B26 as shown
    8. Screw x1 S2 screw into B26 to hold it in place
    9. Add B25
  6. Putting Together the Pieces

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    Parts Required: P10 and front camera cover

    1. Technical Diagram
    2. Attach P10 to the camera cover as shown
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    Parts Required: x2 S3 Screws, B, B19, B21, N1

    1. Technical Diagram
      • Step a) – Attach B19 to the Film Cartridge part of the camera body
      • Step b) – Attach the Tripod Screw N1 to the camera body as shown
      • Step c) – Combine all the camera body parts as shown – Screw 2 S3 screws into the side of B21
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    Parts Required: x4 S3 Screws, A11, Camera body

    1. Technical Diagram
    2. Add A11 onto camera body
    3. Secure in place using x4 S3 screws
    4. The step after completion
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    Parts Required: x1 S3 Screw, Rewind Key, A1, A4, A6, B30, B31

    1. Technical Diagram
    2. The parts required for this step
    3. Attach the Rewind Key to camera body
    4. Attach the Shutter Button A6
    5. Attach A4/B30 – Keep P8 in the locked position and move A4 to match with ‘21’
    6. Attach spring B31 to A1 and push into the camera body
    7. Screw in place with S3
    8. The completed mechanism
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    Parts Required: x1 S3 Screw, A5, Hood Viewfinder, Camera Body

    1. Technical Diagram
    2. Flip up all of the hood blades of the Hood Viewfinder then slide into the slot on the camera body
    3. Attach part A5 to camera body
    4. Screw into place with S3
  7. Finishing Assmbley

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    1. Technical Diagram
    2. Hold the Lens Retainer and turn to lock the Taking Lens – the lens is only mounted correctly after the CLICK
    3. When inserting the Taking Lens into the camera body, match it with the Unlock Mark
  8. Final Touches

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    Parts Required: B28, B29, Additional Stickers

    1. Technical Diagram
    2. Add this black sticker to complete the lens and hide screws
    3. Add the Konstruktor label and additional stickers to decorate your camera!

How to Shoot

Choosing Your Film

With your Konstruktor camera built, you’ll need to select the appropriate film for the job. Use this handy guide to use the correct ISO of film depending on your shooting conditions!

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Loading the Film

  1. Open the Film Door Lock to unlock the film door
  2. Pull out the Rewind Wheel as far as the second stop
  3. Place the Film Roll in the Film Chamber
  4. Push the Rewind Wheel down
  5. Pull the film roll across into the Take-Up Spool slot so that the teeth catch the film perforations
  6. Rotate the Film Advance Wheel for one rotation and check the Sprocket Gear Teeth are catching the film perforations
  7. Rotate the Rewind Wheel in the direction of the arrow to adjust the tension of the film
  8. Before closing the camera Back Door, reset the Frame Counter to ‘36’ (This is the film countdown mechanism. When the counter reaches ‘1’, your film is finished!)
  9. Close the Film Door and close the latch of the Film Door Lock
  10. Advance the film for two frames to wind on to an unexposed part of the film. If the film is winding properly, the Film Transport Signal will turn to let you know

Preparing To Shoot & Framing Your Subject

When it’s time to take a photo, firstly open the Hood Viewfinder Cover then lift the inside covers. (We recommend closing the Hood Viewfinder when the camera is not in use.)

Now take a look into the Hood Viewfinder and you’ll see your subject. Usually it’s best to hold the Konstruktor at chest or shoulder level when shooting using the Hood Viewfinder. When photographing vertical images with the Hood Viewfinder, it’s possible to shoot at right angles; this is particularly useful when you want to remain hidden from the object of your photographic desire! The image in the Hood Viewfinder can also be viewed from below when the Konstruktor is held above your head.

This is very handy when you want to take photos over the heads of crowds, for example. In order to get more precise focusing, you can flip up the magnifier inside the Lens Hood.

Operating The Lens

The Konstruktor has a fixed aperture lens. You can rotate the lens ring to change your focus. If the lens ring is close to the camera body, you’ll be focusing on subjects that are far away. If you rotate the lens ring to the right so that the lens is further from the camera body, you’ll focus on subjects closer to you. The lens will correctly focus as close as 0.5m to your subject.

Operating The Shutter

  1. To operate the Konstruktor shutter, turn the Mirror Reset Knob until it is in the reset position
  2. Then select your shutter mode. You can select N (1/80s) for normal exposures or B (Bulb) for long exposures
  3. Then simply press the Shutter Release button to take a photo!

Rewinding The Film

Do not open the Film Door until the full length of the exposed film has been rewound into the cartridge.

  1. Turn the Rewind Wheel in the direction of the arrow. Avoid blocking the Frame Counter and ensure the Film Advance Wheel rotates with the Rewind Wheel. The resistance will go away as the film disengages from the Take Up Spool.
  2. The Film Door can now be opened to remove your film
  3. Pull the Rewind Wheel up to take out your film
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Konstruktor Accessory Kit

Unleash your Konstruktor camera’s full creative potential with this kit, which includes the DIY Close-Up Lens and Macro Lens and a Magnifying Chimney Hood Kit. The lenses allow you to go up close to your subject for breathtakingly sharp photos, while the hood kit helps you get a brighter, magnified image view in your Konstruktor camera.

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Konstruktor Transparent Collector’s Edition

Ever wished you could take a peek inside an analogue SLR camera? This collector’s item will satiate your curiosity! While it is not intended for photographic use, the Konstruktor Transparent makes a great accessory for your home or work space.

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The Konstruktors

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Full name: Simon Vidal

Username: lavisionmd

Location: Vienna

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Tell us something about yourself.

I am working at Lomography in Vienna. I have a strong interest in creativity and am passionate by analogue photography and electronic music.

How did you find your Konstruktor experience?

I am not the typical handyman but found it really cool to build it myself. I faced hard times with the construction process but I was so pleasantly surprised by the pictures that came out!

What do you like best about the Konstruktor?

I think you have a special feeling about a camera you built yourself. It is both challenging and very rewarding!

Share a funny or strange story while using/building the Konstruktor the camera.

I would say the awkward moment when we started and tried to sort the screws!

Any tips for the future Konstruktor user?

This camera is really great for portraits. Use the small magnifying glass to focus properly. Be well-organized and never despair!

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Full name: Pasquale Caprile

Username: pasqualecaprile

Location: Spain

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Tell us something about yourself.

I’m an advertising photographer for a long time, also I represent Lomography in Spain since its inception, cameras drive me crazy.

How did you find your Konstruktor experience?

This camera is very interesting and funny, you can take pictures from the hip and go unnoticed. I really like the idea of making your own camera, for once I can make my own camera … it’s great, it’s a good choice for the price.

What do you like best about the Konstruktor?

I like the lens, you can make magnificent portraits from any angle, it’s very daring.

Share a funny or strange story while using/building the Konstruktor the camera.

The truth is that people think I’m mad, they do not believe I’m serious. They were surprised and allowed me to take pictures very easily. I approached a lot of people and they are sometimes very scared.

Any tips for the future Konstruktor user?

You have to be bold, creative and very crazy, do double exposures and get very close to the people.

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Full name: C.C. Wu

Username: ccwu

Taipei, Taiwan

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Tell us something about yourself.

I am C.C., I started using film cameras in 2010 and then enjoyed the analogue life afterwards. I am an editor. I like photography, movie, music and traveling around.

How did you find your Konstruktor experience?

After I tried the first roll of the Konstruktor, I was shocked by the photo quality. I thought photos taking by toy cameras should be bad quality. But it is nice. It is easy to use.

What do you like best about the Konstruktor?

The camera viewer. I can easily shoot lower angle through the viewer. I can even put it on the floor and easily do the composition, no need to lie on the floor. The angle of photos taken by Konstruktor can be different.

Share a funny or strange story while using/building the Konstruktor the camera.

I was taking one photo with the Konstruktor in a train. It was crowded. I put it on the door and used the B shutter. Everyone in the train behind me was looking at the camera. Their faces were the same and maybe they thought “what’s that?!”

Any tips for the future Konstruktor user?

Do more doubles. Try the lower angle view. Use the B shutter to take night photos.

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Full name: Maneedang Kulthaveesup

Lomography Username: deng

Location: Bangkok, Thailand

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Tell us something about yourself.

I’m country manager of Lomography Thailand. I love to spend sometime under the sunshine, walking around the old place, see old building and searching for good food.

How did you find your Konstruktor experience?

The Konstruktor is easy to use on street photo shoots. It’s light weight and very analogue to just shoot and turn the film. I have to learn how to look with the viewfinder which is different from other cameras, but it’s easier than I thought. Just take some first few photos then you will know how it works, then enjoy the rest of the roll.

What do you like best about the Konstruktor?

Viewfinder is the same as a twin-lens viewfinder.

Any tips for the future Konstruktor user?

I would suggest to take the last rule from our 10 golden rules – “Forget any rules”. Don’t worry about anything, feel free, then prepare to be surprised with the Konstruktor!

So now you have all the knowledge to become a Konstruktor, what’s stopping you? Head to the Lomography Online Shop or your closest Lomography Gallery Store to purchase your brand new do-it-yourself camera. If you are looking for a bigger selection of Lomographic treats, don’t forget to check out our Konstruktor Bundles! With each one, you can make fantastic savings.

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