As camera-makers trim their point-and-shoot lines in the face of encroaching smartphones, one company is keeping the faith and doing what it's done for the past three decades. Lomography's wide range of film cameras dates back to the early ‘90s, when some students in Vienna discovered the potential of the Russian LC-A, but shows no signs of slowing down — after all, if the company managed to survive the explosion of digital photography, phones are unlikely to be of much concern.

Lomography puts out a variety of cameras that work with just about any film format still in production, but its most recent product, the Konstruktor, is at once one of its most conventional and radical: it's a 35mm SLR, but one that you build yourself for $35. The Konstruktor is Lomography's first SLR, with a more complex design than most of its other offerings, and yet the company has entrusted its customers with the construction.

It’s one thing to ditch the sterile efficiency of digital photography for 35mm film, but it’s quite another to take on the task of assembling the camera yourself. The Konstruktor is a proposition unlike any other, so let’s see how it — and its photos — turn out.