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CF Salicath Builds Fully Functional TLR Camera from LEGOs

Posted By Charley Cameron On February 22, 2012 @ 2:34 pm In Greener Gadgets,Recycled Materials | No Comments

C.F. Salicath Legoflex B1 is a TLR Made from LEGOs [1]

Norwegian photographer Carl-Fredric Salicath [2] yearned for the mechanical simplicity of traditional film photography. So when he set about building his own camera he used the most elemental construction tool of all: LEGOs! His fully-functional LEGO [3] camera, dubbed LegoFlex B1, is loosely modeled on a Rolleiflex [4] — the Twin Lens Reflex Medium Format Camera first introduced in 1929.


C.F. Salicath Legoflex B1 is a TLR Made from LEGOs [5]

Salicath impressively constructed the film chamber and many of its moving parts from a LEGO technics kit [6], he even found a pre-cut LEGO piece that functioned perfectly as the aperture. The mirror for the camera’s viewfinder was sourced from Salicath’s girlfriend’s make-up kit, while the Legoflex B1′s matching lenses were popped out of an old pair of binoculars.

You can see some a couple of the images shot with Legoflex B1 over on Salicath’s blog [7], and the considering the materials he worked with, they are surprisingly good! While the salvaged binocular lenses may not provide the sharpest of images, the LEGO brick/duct-tape combo remarkably does not leak light.

Last year we saw another working LEGO camera, Legotron Mark 1 [8], a slightly simpler Brownie-based SLR which held a Kodak f4.7 lens. Salicath has his sights set on an SLR for his next project, noting that if he constructs a B2 [2], it will be a  35mm SLR with a Nikon F-mount.

If any LEGO loving shutterbugs are curious to try this out for themselves, Salicath details the process of building the camera on his blog [7].

+ CF Salicath [7]

Via gizmodo [9]

All images © CF Salicath [7]


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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/cf-salicath-builds-fully-functional-tlr-camera-from-legos/cf-salicath-legoflexb1-camera-tlr-made-from-legos-6/

[2] Carl-Fredric Salicath: http://skognatt.blogspot.com/

[3] LEGO: http://inhabitat.com/legos-next-architecture-series-release-will-be-the-sydney-opera-house/

[4] Rolleiflex: http://www.minox.com/index.php?id=6047&L=1

[5] Image: http://inhabitat.com/cf-salicath-builds-fully-functional-tlr-camera-from-legos/cf-salicath-legoflexb1-camera-tlr-made-from-legos-4/

[6] LEGO technics kit: http://inhabitat.com/student-max-shepherd-creates-an-incredible-prosthetic-arm-from-legos/

[7] blog: http://skognatt.blogspot.com/2012/02/legoflex-b1.html

[8] Legotron Mark 1: http://inhabitat.com/incredible-legotron-mark-i-camera-made-from-lego-blocks/

[9] gizmodo: http://gizmodo.com/5887163/how-one-man-made-a-double-lens-camera-out-of-legos-and-old-binoculars

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