Instead of buying your next camera, you could make your very own. Thanks to Kevin Kadooka, the man behind the Duo-TLR, it isn’t impossible. That’s because he’s got all the details you need to build one through his open-source camera project, Lux.
All you need is a 3D printer (or access to your local 3D printing services), a knack for circuitry soldering and some patience (we didn’t say it was going to be that easy). Most of the instructions and files are in Kadooka’s website so all you need to is to download them (3D design files included), and with a little patience, you’ll have built your own camera from scratch.
Some assembly required
Don’t expect a fancy digital camera though. This DIY camera uses 120 film and shoots with Kadooka’s own single leaf shutter (SLS) concept. Those soldering skills we mentioned at the beginning? You’ll need it to make the SLS that’s controlled by an Arduino board.
Kadooka’s vision is to make a 100% DIYable camera. He says, “Lux is my proof-of-concept platform for my new electronic shutter (the SLS). A secondary goal for this camera was to make it completely homegrown, meaning no parts from existing camera manufacturers, only using single-element lenses from Anchor Optics.”
So if you’re into photography and have some time to spare, grab the design and instructions for the camera here. Go ahead and impress your mates with a camera you built with your own two hands.