Engineering Student Builds Homemade Polaroid Twin Lens Reflex (TLR) Camera

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DIY PolaroidEvery time you think that Polaroid is gone forever, the unmistakable brand rears its head for one more hurrah. This time, it’s all thanks to Kevin Kadooka, an engineering student at the University of Portland. 

Kadooka managed to build his frankenroid by cobbling together some lenses from one Mamiya TLR along with the Polaroid back of a Mamiya Universal. Add in some 3D modelling software, a laser cutter, and some birch plywood, and the homegrown camera came to fruition.

Of his creation, he Kadooka said, “Imagine a Rolleiflex, scale it up two times, and add a Polaroid back. Then you have a decent idea of what this camera is like. It makes no claims to the build quality, styling, or ease of use of a Rollei, or even a Yashica TLR, it is a home-grown tool.”

This was obviously a one-off project, but that hasn’t stopped more than a few people asking about whether they could get one for themselves. Regrettably, that isn’t likely to happen anytime soon, as both the lenses and back would be pricey acquistions. Still, where there’s a will, there’s a way.

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