Medium Format Lego Camera

Are you looking to get into the medium format camera market but don’t want to spend a lot of money? Then build yourself one out of Lego! More photos of the camera after the jump.

“We started sorting bricks out and after a couple of afternoons working on the camera obscura we managed to get some shots out of the thing. It was built using Lego pieces, duct tape, black cardboard and some glue. The camera shoots 6×6 and the “lens” sports a focal length of 150mm with an aperture of 1:300. All measurements approximate.” – Fernando A. Ramírez (snipfer on flickr)

Camera Obscura

General view of the camera. In the front there is the shutter and the pinhole. In the back, the gear on the left is the film advance. The white gear on the right has a clutched axis that prevents the film spool from moving freely. The “suspension” does not allow the film advance to turn backwards.

Front Element

Closer view of the “front element”. The bellows are completely wrapped with duct tape to prevent any possible light leaks. The shutter and pinhole where made using black cardboard.

Camera Back

A view of the back. Built with several Lego plates, it has a red window, also built with a lego piece, to allow precise alignment of each frame.

Red Window

The red window has a hatch to prevent light leaks. It is positioned for 6×6 numeration, the approximate framing of the camera.


The take-up spool on the right is moved by hand through the gears on top, the unexposed film spool on the left (not loaded on this picture) moves slowly opposing the white clutched gear.
The inside of the camera was also covered with duct tape and, in addition to the duct tape, the four sides of the “bellows” were covered with black cardboard to prevent any specular reflections in the duct tape.

Detail of the film advance mechanism. The axle in the white gear only turns when sufficient strength is transmitted through the film from the take-up spool. The spring locks both spools in place, unless intentionally operated, so that there is no slack in the film plane.

Be sure to check the following link to see some photographs taken with the camera.

snipfer’s Photostream on Flickr

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