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We made a working DSLR for a halloween costume.  Here is how we did it. Check out the video too!

Materials list:
  Cardboard Box for main body
  Cardboard for pop up flash
  2 gallon bucket for lens
  Plexiglass for flash cover
  Construction paper
  Duck tape
  Pictures of camera parts (mode dial, lcd screen, etc)

Working parts
  DSLR Camera - Ours is a Canon 20D
  External Flash - Ours is a Canon 580 EX or YN560
  Eye-Fi card
  Remote shutter release - Ours is made by phottix
  Remote flash trigger - Ours is made by apature
Working Camera Costume(320x568) 14 KB
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Step 1: Building the Camera

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Get your box and cut a hole in the top, bottom and sides.  I placed duck tape around the whole for smooth edges.  

Tip: this black duck tape started to peel up after a few days.  I would recommend going with the strong gray one and just paint over it.

Step 2: Add the lens

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Cut a hole in the front of the box and place the bucket in.  I cut a hole in the bottom of the bucket so I can easily reach the camera to turn it on.  You will see this in step 5.  Then duck tape it to the body.  I taped it from the outside as shown and also from the inside. 

Remember, there will be a camera in there so you want this secure.

Step 3: Build the pop up flash

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Out of cardboard, build the flash and duck tape it to the body. I also cut a piece of wood and screwed it to the bottom of the flash. This is so I have something to put the flash on. You will see this in Step 5.

This is just a few pieces of cardboard taped together to resemble a pop up flash. I duck taped them all together and then taped it to the body on the sides, back and insides.
wgardner1 year ago
Awesome costume. From a photography point of view, lining the inside of the "flash" with reflective material like tin foil and turning the flash around might spread the light around the the flash modifier (which is what you made) and make for really nice, soft flash. I love the idea. So fun and functional.
bob30301 year ago
Great job.
rwelgosh (author)  bob30301 year ago
Thanks bob3030. My son figured out if he takes pictures of people giving candy he gets more. We have soooooo many pictures and so much candy. :)
Wow what a fun costume!
rwelgosh (author)  RollerScrapper1 year ago
Thanks Roller. My son is soooooo happy when he is in this costume. All the kids gather around. He takes all their pictures and they see them immediately. Fun is an understatement.....
This is awesome!
rwelgosh (author)  blossom92831 year ago
Thanks blossom9283. The best part of the whole thing is that my son and I did it together.
oldmicah1 year ago
Very very cool. Had no idea the eye if could do that!
rwelgosh (author)  oldmicah1 year ago
Thanks. Although we had a blast making it, the coolest part of the costume is the Eye-Fi card. Here are instructions on how to configure in direct mode.