Some of you may have made similar cameras: they’re not fancy, but they do what they’re designed to do and capture images. Since the requirement is a dark box, they can be made from just about anything.
Ryan H. (eldeeem) proved that by making a pinhole camera from a 2×2 brick. No joke.
That small image the minifig is holding was taken by that very same pinhole camera.
It’s not a conventional creation we typically feature. It’s brilliant, creative, and definitely pushes LEGO as an art form.
We’ve been known to feature a life-sized camera or two on the Brothership over the years, which seems only natural when you consider how much our hobby depends on them for sharing our creations. The latest outstanding entry into the category comes to us from Alex Jones (Orion Pax) who takes on 1983’s NIKON FE 2. The model has everything you’ve come to expect from the always reliable Mr. Jones; accuracy, inventive use of parts and glorious chrome. I think my favorite detail is the printed Jedi Starfighter canopy dish used as the lens, but your results may vary. For a complete selection of photos and information on this model, be sure and check out Orion Pax Designs
Back before digital cameras, if you wanted to see your pictures right away, you needed an instant camera like the ones made by Polaroid. Instagram today owes much of its pseudo-retro aesthetic to the slightly blurry, washed-out photos so many of us who grew up in the 70’s and 80’s took with our Polaroids. Master of real-world objects replicated in LEGO, Chris McVeigh (powerpig) brings us the Polaroid Land Camera 1000.
For even more instant gratification, here’s an animated GIF showing off the excellent functionality that Chris built into his LEGO model:
If you love Chris’ Polaroid, don’t miss the LEGO Polaroid camera by the Arvo Brothers built back in 2007.
Amateur and professional photographers alike may particularly appreciate RGB900’s striking brick recreation of a DSLR camera – complete with strap! The attention to detail and clever use of parts demonstrate how the medium really “lens” itself to this model. ISO recommend checking out more photos here.