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French student creates SLR using 3D printer

Jul 8, 2013 at 19:43 GMT

We normally don't cover film cameras on DPReview, but this one's too cool to pass up. Twenty-four year old Léo Marius has created a 35mm film SLR using a 3D printer, complete with a viewfinder and compatibility for any lens mount (once the appropriate mount is created and attached, of course). The camera has a fixed 1/60 second shutter speed, which is activated by a rather large release button. The camera isn't available for sale, but Marius provides instructions for creating your own - and hints at possibly crowd-sourcing it at some point.  

The front of the camera shows a Nikkor 50mm lens attached. This home-brewed camera allows you to use the lens mount of your choice.

[Photo: Léo Marius]  
This top-down view gives you a look at the optical viewfinder and attached Nikkor lens. 

[Photo: Léo Marius] 
Here you can see the advance lever, a slider for cocking the shutter, and the large shutter release button.  

[Photo: Léo Marius] 

More details about the project - and how to create one of your own - are available here.

(Instructables via Cult of Mac)