Shooting with a film camera isn’t necessarily in high demand these days, but there are plenty of people who swear by the dedication and aesthetics that can only come from film cameras. Buying an old manual SLR is a very inexpensive proposition these days since most companies no longer make them, but the 3D printing crowd has another option. By following the directions of Leo Marius, they can print the OpenReflex SLR camera for a little over $30 in materials. It’ll take about 15 hours to print all the materials, and another hour to put it all together
The OpenReflex camera has a distinct advantage over traditional SLR cameras. It has a customized mount ring which is compatible with any lens. In other words, it doesn’t matter if you have a collection of lenses made for Canon, Nikon or Pentax cameras. They will all work. The camera also has a regular viewfinder and a mechanical shutter that runs at 1/60 of a second.
Naturally, this camera isn’t going to rival the SLR cameras of old with its build quality. After all, the older cameras were usually made out of metal. Still, it definitely looks like a fun project for 3D printing and camera enthusiasts.
Here’s a sample photo taken with the OpenReflex camera.