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recesky DIY TLR camera

Whilst on my trip to recent trip back to Hong Kong, I found an interesting little project for myself.
Recesky DIY TLR camera
It's called a Recesky DIY twin lens reflex camera.

This is a toy twin lens reflex camera with very basic control - well only one control, the shutter. But I'm not looking to take any pulitzer-winning photos with this camera, I just want to build it.

Recesky DIY TLR camera - making...
The actual building doesn't take more than a couple of hours, and that's with me trying to figure out the Chinese instruction book. Luckily, there are plenty of English ones online.

It's fairly simple with not too many fiddly bits. One word of advice though, it's best if you use a screwdriver with a long "head". Mine had a big knobbly handle (as you can see in the picture above) and it gets in the way of screwing the body together in the end.

Recesky DIY TLR camera - done!
Tada! That's the finished product.

Being impatient and everything, I wanted to start using it straight away. I found a roll of expired film packed along with an old Minolta XG9 that my dad lent me ages ago. Lomo cameras use expired film all the time, so should be fine for this toy camera. I'll be snapping pictures over the next few days, and I can't wait to see how the photos come out!


  1. Was the toy really inexpensive to buy? And also, dear heart, you might get some wild results with the expired film! Try it outdoors in freezing weather for one experiment, if you like!
    Paula at

    1. No it wasn't expensive at all, I bought it for like $12 AUD in Hong Kong. I think you can find it on eBay for the same amount.


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