Builder and photographer Helen Sham built a nostalgic Hasselblad 503CX and made it functional. The only thing it can’t do is take an actual photo (just yet), but it does come with the bells and whistles. This LEGO built camera has parts that can be separated as would the real Hasselblad. It includes a mirror for the viewfinder that will actually give you a reversed image of your frame. There’s a spring-loaded shutter button that gives you a real feeling of releasing the shutter and a running counter, had the camera have actual film in there. I’m more impressed that it only took Helen about 2 hours to put it together with an assortment of 1120 parts.
Click here to peek inside the camera!
Some of our younger readers will not remember the experience of scrolling the camera film forward after taking a photograph. Indeed, before the automatic whirring that signalled the end of the film, cameras had little turning levers to manually winding the film back into its protective housing. This LEGO version of an old camera in 1:1 scale was built by Andreas Lenander as a gift for his dad. While it is not a specific model, I did think it was reminiscent of the old Leica cameras with their black and silver bodies, and a selection of turning knobs and switches on top.
The king of awesome little LEGO camera’s must be Chris McVeigh, who also generously shares instructions for his builds on his own website. If you like the camera we highlighted above, you will definitely enjoy Chris’ LEGO Polaroid camera.
A year on from building a remarkably accurate LEGO version of a vintage camera, Milan CMadge does it again with this excellent rendition of a Leica III. The model features brilliant shaping around the top with all those buttons and dials, and nice intricate bits of detail, particularly around the lens.
What might not be immediately apparent from the first photo is the scale of this creation — it’s absolutely enormous! The large-scale allows for the use of black quarter-circle tiles in the creation of the realistic texturing around the camera’s body. To give you a clear idea of quite how big this thing is, check out this fun image…
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.