the LEGO zh1 is built using 582 lego pieces
Vancouver artist Zung Hoang is gathering votes online as we speak to turn his latest creation, the LEGO ZH1, into a real selling item. Revealed earlier this summer, the ZH1 is a fully functional 35mm ancient film camera built using 582 Lego parts (metallic, silver and black). Hoang’s analog design matches the company’s 1934 serif type logo printed on the lens cover and front of the camera.
“The main goal is also to make it affordable and portable; that’s why I try to make it as compact as possible,’ writes the artist on the LEGO Ideas forum where votes are collected. With 2,509 supporters to date, the concept camera needs to hit the 10,000 mark for the company to consider developing it into a retail good. Once sold on the market, LEGO enthusiasts can assemble their own ZH1 and take pictures with it on 35mm film.
all images courtesy of Zung Hoang
packed with fully functional and repaired features
In terms of specifications, the Lego The ZH1 features a working shutter button, film advance and take-up spool, wind-up lever with wind release, and a customizable lens. It can also shoot full screen or half frame. ‘The main lens is based on the existing magnifying part. I also made a special pinhole lens, which has a very good effect and style which you can see in the samples,’ notes Hoang.
Before reaching full operability, the artist had to work around some challenges. He mainly had to repair several holes between the bricks inside the camera frame to prevent light from leaking out of it when shooting. ‘Biggest challenge is making the body light tight as my first and second rolls of film were completely fogged up […] It took me several days to figure out how to seal it completely and still be portable,” he keeps on.
If you want to support the artist, head over to the LEGO Ideas forum and vote!
LEGO ZH1 with 1934 company logo
582 LEGO pieces make up the vintage camera
fully operational features including a shutter button, film advance and take-up reel
Last name: LEGO ZH1
type: 35mm film camera
pattern: Zung Hoang