Ever since I was a young boy, I loved building my own stuff. My parents bought me Legos and blocks for me to keep my creativity flow and experience the joy of “Do It Yourself” – DIY. I still love building things and it reflects on my go-to camera, Lomography Konstruktor F. I want to introduce you to this awesome unique film camera. Unlike other name brand cameras: Canon, Fujifilm, Konica Minolta, and Olympus, Lomography delivers something that other competitors do not – that is the experience of assembling the camera on your own. How cool is that? Let me explain and share some of the thoughts on this camera. Here are my quick top three points.
#1. The Design
As mentioned earlier, you get multiple plastic parts in a box. Unboxing and setting up can be overwhelming for some folks but it only took me less than two hours start to finish. Once the parts are put together, the camera looks pretty fantastic. It’s a fun design and you can get to play around with some of the exposure settings on the top of right corner. You can also put some stickers to make your camera look different than others. You can interchange the lenses (close-up and macro lens are available in a separate kit).
#2. The Functionality
You can’t compare the developed 35mm film photos with the digital cameras. It won’t be a fair game in terms of the clarity of photos. However, as an amateur photographer, I can say that the camera takes some arty photos that photographers can appreciate. Like I mentioned you can change the exposure settings and that helps you to take some great shots. When I was taking photos, I got some multi-layer shots and it was nice. It was different than the normal analog film photos. Taking the photos with this unique feature is a nice experience. People told me that the photos don’t come out clear and distorted sometimes but I like them a lot. The camera is meant to be used as a simple “point & shoot” without much things to change. For that I think the functionality is there for certain users like myself.
#3. The Price
35mm film cameras are relatively cheaper than the digital cameras, but this one is cheaper than the other analog cameras. It’s in the $30 range so you don’t feel so bad if you break the parts of camera. This will keep you occupied for the day and you can have some fun while building the camera taking photos.
Overall, I think it is a great inexpensive camera. It brings unique features that the other cameras don’t or can’t bring to the table. You may not like the photos that are developed through the 35mm film roles and the images may not be consistent with the shots you take. Maybe this isn’t for you. However, if you are like me – like building your own design camera and you like artsy photos (even though it may look little be distorted), I suggest that you give this camera a try.