This Adorable Lego Camera Combines a Folding Design and a Mirrorless Camera Back

Albertino of Instax Magic has done it again with yet another fun DIY camera project: a colorful, folding-style Lego digital camera!

Last time we heard from Albertino of Instax Magic, we were impressed with his attempt to revive a 90-year-old Zeiss Ikon Trona folding camera. He did it in a way that a lot of us most likely didn’t expect: using Lego bricks. Now, he’s back with another Lego masterpiece, this time a colorful digital camera inspired by his five-year-old son. If you’re looking to tinker around with a lego camera project and want some inspiration, this will certainly give you some ideas!

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Hacking a 90 Year Old Zeiss Camera Using Legos to Shoot Fujifilm Instax

This is probably the oldest Lego Camera in the world. This is my latest attempt to revive a 90 years old camera using Lego bricks together with instant films. Not too many people would have experience to use a camera with 90 years old. Most of these cameras are put on display shelves or in basement. I hope this project can bring them back to the real world and make them relevant again.

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This Lego Instax Camera Has a Classic TLR Design To It

All images by Albertino. Used with permission.

What’s more fun than putting together a Lego Instax camera? For some of you, probably thing. There’s a yearning in the Instax film photography community to have more cameras with different designs and full manual capabilities. Not much out there can give you that with some of the closest being the Diana F+, the Instax Wide Hacks, and the Mint TL70 2.0. But photographer Albertino has been creating cameras for a little while now and made this Fujifilm Instax camera out of legos. Personally, Albertino has a wide range of interests ranging from photography, sleight of hand magic, philosophy, technology to history. He always tried to create something new. Currently he spends most of his time in modifying instant cameras that has never been modified by others.

So we decided to ask Albertino a bit about this new project of his.

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Mike Stimpson Gives Classic Photographs a Lego Treatment

Tiananmen Square. Image courtesy of Mike Simpson.

Tiananmen Square. Image courtesy of Mike Simpson. Used with permission

Mike Stimpson is a photographer and Lego-enthusiast. While most of his catalogue is his own creation, Stimpson has created a series called “Classics in Lego” in which he takes famous photographs and gives them the Lego treatment. Stimpson is able to work around the inherent visual limitations of Lego to create photographs that look surprisingly like the original images. While the originals are serious in nature, there’s a whimsical quality to Stimpson’s recreations, and if you like them enough, you can pick up prints here. For more of Stimpson’s work, check out his website.

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Four Awesome Cameras Made from Legos


Image by Lego Suzuki. Used with permission

Legos are seriously fun. They not only bring back nostalgic moments, but also inspire us to build new things–and then build them bigger and better. In the photo world, there have been quite a few cameras made from Legos. Many of them actually work and while most of them are film based, some are digital.

Here’s a quick roundup of some Lego cameras that we found around the web.

Editor’s Note: All images in this post were used with permission from the creators

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Christian Cantrell Creates Scenes Using Legos and Awesomeness

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All images by Christian Cantrell and used with permission

Christian Cantrell is the Engineering Manager over at Adobe–but when he’s not playing Bruce Wayne he puts on the cape and cowl to become one kick ass photographer. His latest gig involves loads of softly lit and bokehlicious photos involving LEGOs. The photos depict scenes involving lots of famous characters, like Darth Vader. More of the images are after the jump and can be seen on Cantrell’s 500px page. And in case you’re wondering, Christian shot the photos with a Canon 7D and the 60mm f2.8 macro lens.

“What I enjoy most about photographing Legos is the challenging of infusing as much life and emotion as possible into largely expressionless toys. I know I’ve succeeded when I see that people are touched, inspired, amused, or even offended by simple pieces of plastic,” said Mr. Cantrell when I asked him about the series.

Be sure to also check out Christian’s Adobe Blog, his personal blog, his main websiteTwitter feed, and Facebook page.

Via the 500px Blog


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