Lomography Konstruktor F review: build your own 35mm film SLR

Fancy an old-school, film-based SLR? With the Lomography Konstruktor, you’ll have to build it first

Lomography Konstruktor
(Image: © Gavin Stoker/Digital Camera World)

Digital Camera World Verdict

Those looking for welcome analog distraction from the digital world, or an opportunity to practice ‘mindfulness’ are directed to the Lomography Konstruktor, which will deliver just that in the patience-testing hours it takes to construct – plus the possible endless hours actually using the product. The process of constructing the inner workings of an SLR and understanding how it all fits together is ultimately an interesting, albeit very fiddly, one.


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    A chance to block out life’s stresses with an immersive build that requires full concentration

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    A value for money experience

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    Low-tech ‘fun’ for the digital weary


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    Requires a very hands-on, labor intensive approach to build and achieve usable results

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    Lots of very small fiddly parts

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    Could be a patience stretching challenge

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Film photography specialist Lomography has always been more about putting the fun back into photography, rather than developing the sharpest lenses or delivering the most detailed images. In other words it’s almost the exact opposite of most other camera manufacturers, keen to push the envelope and tempt photographers to spend more on their new, upgraded and better-performing products.

It’s safe to say that ‘Lomo’ cameras have relied on lo-fi, Heath Robinson-style, plastic cog-powered charm as a sales tool, rather than the very latest tech. And so what if the resulting pictures are a bit blurry or the colors look a bit odd, when it’s about the overall ‘experience’?

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Gavin Stoker

Gavin has over 30 years’ experience of writing about photography and television. He is currently the editor of British Photographic Industry News, and previously served as editor of Which Digital Camera and deputy editor of Total Digital Photography

He has also written for a wide range of publications including T3, BBC Focus, Empire, NME, Radio Times, MacWorld, Computer Active, What Digital Camera and the Rough Guide books.

With his wealth of knowledge, Gavin is well placed to recognize great camera deals and recommend the best products in Digital Camera World’s buying guides. He also writes on a number of specialist subjects including binoculars and monoculars, spotting scopes, microscopes, trail cameras, action cameras, body cameras, filters and cameras straps.