The Lux is an Open Source, Arduino-Controlled, Medium Format Camera

With a bit of know how, just build your own



Kevin Kadooka is the engineering student whose homemade TLR polaroid became a successful Kickstarter. Now Kadooka is back to his old tricks, with a new project that he's dubbed the Lux. A 120 film using box camera, it's made of a 3d printed body, Arduino controlled electronic Single Leaf Shutter (SLS), with a single-element lenses from Anchor Optics.

Explaining some of his motivation behind the project, Kadooka said:

Another goal of mine with Lux is to make it totally open-source. That means that I'll post all the code, wiring diagrams, and part files for anyone to build one for themselves (Mind you, it won't be cheap. You know the saying, if you have to ask. . . ).

But part of being open-source, in my opinion, is for it to be easily modified or repaired. As such, the unit shouldn't be hermetically sealed with glue, anti-tamper screws, etc. Lux splits into four segments, with nuts and bolts so that it can be easily modified.

With a 3D printed body, the shutter, some laser cut metal parts, lenses and whatnot, it's easy to see how the price could rise pretty quickly. Unfortunately, Kadooka hasn't put the open source files out yet, but hopefully he will soon, and then other people will be able to take a crack at tweaking his design even further.

As for the photos themselves? They're pretty impressive given the basic nature of the design.