LomoMod No.1

LomoMod No.1

A flat-packed, build-it-yourself, medium-format camera with a liquid-filled lens to boot. Craft and customize this cardboard classic to enjoy endless experimentation.
  • Build your own fully-functioning camera
  • Experimental liquid-filled lens
  • Fixed-focus with extra aperture plates
  • Normal and bulb shooting modes
  • Made from sustainable cardboard
Film Format: 120
Focal Length: 80 mm
Available Apertures: f11, f16, f19, f22, f27, f32
Shutter Speed: 1/100 (N), Bulb (B)
Flash: PC - Flash Plug
Available ISO Settings: No ISO Adjustment
Multiple Exposure: Yes
Tripod Mount: Yes
Cable Release: Yes
Battery: No Battery Needed
SKU: lm120diyn

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A liquid-filled lens?! Inspired by Thomas Sutton’s unconventional original, our contemporary version of this classic lets you manipulate the liquid through which the lens focuses – so fill ’er up for some truly luscious effects.

No screws or glue required! Harness the traditions of sashimono carpentry and craft your very own fully-functioning medium format camera from scratch.

While we’re not saying you should replace your ordinary kit with these unusual products, the LomoMod No. 1 and Sutton’s Liquid-Filled Lens are the perfect combination to push you out of your comfort zone and open up a whole new world of artistic potential.
— Digital Camera World

Humble H20. Just adding plain, wholesome water to the Sutton liquid lens will give rise to enchanting, dreamy effects. Pop a drop of dissolvable food coloring into the mix and you’ll invite color chaos!

Made from sustainable cardboard for a planet-conscious construction.

LomoMod No. 1 is a truly captivating creative tool – we encourage you to experiment with analogue abandon and revel in the results!

What I love about it is that it brings out creativity on many different levels and lets you feel like a child playing with a new, cool toy.
— DIY Photography

Double-sided design. Choose between a UV pattern or matte black base then go customization-crazy – whether you paint it or cover it in glitter, you have every opportunity to make your LomoMod No.1 uniquely yours.

Splash and flash. Add a flash, like our Fritz the Blitz, via the PC socket and watch what happens when you combine bright light and liquid effects.

Shutter & aperture modules included for a truly manual experience that leads to lo-fi, authentically-analogue photos.

LomoChrome concoctions – why not add another color variable and pop a LomoChrome film into your camera! Mix and match liquid solutions with color-shifting emulsions and watch the rainbow flow.

Keep it steady Eddy. We are all about embracing the weird and wonderful effects but it’s worth taking advantage of the tripod mount and cable release if you want to decrease some of that beautiful blur.

Uses 120 (medium format) film and there’s loads of that around. Check out our full, unique film range.

Fixed-focus with extra aperture plates so you can spend less time on settings and more time on rendering versatile results and brilliant bokeh effects.


The LomoMod No.1 lets you build your own medium format camera from scratch. Using the traditions of sashimono carpentry, you can craft, bend, slot and fold your way to a fully-functioning camera with no screws or glue required. What’s more, this kit comes with a lush liquid-filled lens for aqua-inspired exploration – from coffee to cocoa, tea to Tango, each substance creates unprecedented, unpredictable effects. Push your creative potential a little further.

Sutton’s Liquid Lens

Thomas Sutton, born 1819, was an English inventor from a small town on the Island of Jersey. A wild and passionate photographer, he had ideas ahead of his time. Throughout his inspiring lifetime, Sutton conceived, designed and built many new photographic tools, among them was the first panoramic camera.

But what gave him the inspiration for this unique liquid-compatible lens? The answer: a humble snowglobe. He observed how an image could be cast onto the surface of the spherical glass casing as a result of light traveling through the water-filled orb. In a eureka moment, Sutton realized he could harness this science to create panoramic photographs. Instead of stitching multiple photos together, the Sutton Camera used a spherical water-filled lens to create panoramic images. This unique invention made him a pioneer in the development of wide-angle photography.

A Lens You Can Fill With (Almost) Any Liquid!

Inspired by Thomas Sutton’s original liquid-filled lens, we have crafted a contemporary version of the unconventional original unlike any other on earth and what’s more, you have ultimate creative control. You can manipulate the liquid through which the lens focuses, leading to a whole host of effects and deviations with which to intensify your shots. Check out the Liquid Guide for our top tips.

Question & Answers

Can I use the Sutton lens with other cameras?
There are no specific adapters available but, due to the spring clip included to mount the lens on the camera front element, it is easy to adapt the lens for use in all kinds of DIY camera projects and modifications!

Package Contents

  • 11 sheets of cardboard cutouts
  • 1 sheet of aperture plates
  • Sutton lens module
  • Aperture & shutter module
  • 120 film spool
  • Tripod nut
  • Tube, valve & syringe
  • Customization stickers
  • Book
  • Instruction manual

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