If you have a nerd in your life, and you need to get him/her a gift anytime soon, then your search is over. Go buy them the new Lomo Konstruktor Super Kit, the “directors cut” of the original build-it-yourself plastic film camera kit that now contains not one, not two but three lenses, plus a proper viewfinder.
I bought myself the original kit and put it together in a few hours one afternoon. I frikkin’ loved it. Snapping the parts away from the plastic frame and clipping them together is just as much fun now as it was when I was a kid. The results from the camera were also a lot of fun, although exposure is hard when you can’t change the aperture or shutter speed.
The new version adds a macro and close-up lens to the original 50mm ƒ10 optic. God knows why you’d need a macro and a closeup, as they’re essentially the same thing, but it looks like one is a separate lens and the other is a screw-on adapter for the 50mm.
More interesting is the viewfinder, which you pop onto the top so you can use the camera at eye level instead of looking down at the “waist-level” finder and its reversed image. I like the waist-level finder, but I also like the option to change it for something a little quicker to use.
The regular kit is still on sale for $35, and the new Super Kit is still a bargain at $60.