Transparent Camera Demonstrates The Analog Photography Process
Lomo hopes that the Transparent Kollector's Edition Konstruktor will give film aficionados some new insights.
Have you ever wondered what goes on inside your SLR film camera (if you still have one of those)? Lomo has been eager to indulge this interest, judging from the series of x-ray vision cameras that it has released. Now they've followed up further on that commitment, releasing a (rather 90's-looking) clear plastic analog camera ($59). Maybe you've read up on it or looked at pictures of a camera's insides, but so far no one's been able to display the process in motion, owing to the fact that light – all too necessary for recording such things – also ruins film. The camera, a special edition Konstruktor, embodies this paradox. You can see all the moving parts, but you can't actually expose film (or if you try, you'll just burn through rolls of film). Lomo's website and packaging for the product unambiguously remind us of this, repeatedly intoning “This is purely for display purposes and not for photographic use.” A commenter noted sarcastically on Petapixel that the camera “can demonstrate “light leak” phenomenon to new generations,” but it remains to be seen whether the camera's overexposures are even and absolute, or if anything more than a slight light leak could be charming.