You may not have heard of a photographer named Kevin Kadooka. Last year he built a beautiful wooden homemade TLR camera as a personal project. Many thought it would be extremely popular if Kevin decided to sell the camera as a built-it-yourself kit.
Well, that’s exactly what he has done. He’s called it Duo, and like many great ideas has turned to Kickstarter to fund it initially.
The Duo is a wooden twin-lens reflex (TLR) that offers both the advantages of TLR photography, coupled with Polaroid instant film. It has a huge 97x97mm waist-level viewfinder, dead quiet and no shutter blackout what-so-ever. It also works with 35mm film as well.
As you can see from the photos above it isn’t small, so it wouldn’t really be suited to street photography. Maybe Kevin can make a smaller one?
In the kit, I was going to say box but that didn’t seem right, you’ll receive laser-cut birch plywood pieces, a mirror, ground glass (with frosted frame lines), and everything else needed to go inside to make it work. Unfortunately what it doesn’t include is a Mamiya-Sekor 105mm f/3.5 lens pair and a Mamiya M80 Polaroid back or, roll film back. You’ll need to find those for yourself. At $199 for the basic kit or $299 for the Deluxe kit which includes a roll film adapter and a stainless steel focusing knob, I suppose you couldn’t expect the beautiful Mamiya-Sekor lens pair or Polaroid back could you? Can’t be bothered building it, well for $649 send in your lenses and back and they’ll ship you back the camera complete and ready to go.
Here are some shots from the Duo.
Want to see more shots, check out the slideshow.
You can order yours from Kickstarter today. If you’ve ordered one let me know when it arrives, I would love to know your thoughts.