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Dads are awkward people to but presents for at christmas time, they usually end up getting something mundane like socks, or a tankard, or slippers. Boring.
So i put myself in his shoes, no easy task, im a size 5 and he is a size 13, and came up with a fab present!
Like me, he has an interest in photography, though nowhere near as obsessive as i am about it, if i had to pigeon hole him, i would place him in the "keen but lazy" category. He is lazy when it comes t photography, he still uses auto mode on his 1000D, which bugs me so much, so i thought i could at least try to educate him in the art of light capture.
After much head scratching and panic i have decided t buy him a new camera, but he will have to build it himself. Well, i just splashed out on a Leica, i cant afford another one just yet
I introduce to you the DIY LOMO Camera Science Twin Lens Reflex TLR 35mm Camera Holga Lomo Recesky DC67 which as you can see, looks like a conventional TLR camera, except this one is 35mm.
A camera you can build yourself, how cool is that? Personally i think its an ace idea. The camera itself wont win any prizes but thats beside the point really, its quite educational, and how many of us can say we actually built our camera?
Its as basic as it gets, more so than a Lubitel, it only has one shutter speed, 1/125s with an aperture of f6-12. Some might say the camera is limited to outdoor work, id say the camera was perfect for outdoor work, not limited in any way whatsoever! Its all about how you perceive it.
Of course, a cheap £10 DIY camera is a bit naff on its own, so i bought him the Hama Traveller Compact Pro Tripod to go with it. He does own a tripod but its a big, heavy, clunky 3 way pan tilt head, this Hama model is much lighter, has a ball socket head, and will take up less room.
I have seen this camera on Amazon for a few days now but its been out of stock, when i arrived home from work yesterday there was 5 in stock, but now its sold out again, so these camera's are obviously popular. He should enjoy this little bundle, but dont worry, i will get him some slippers as well