I know a lot of people here build their own props, do any of you guys also build your own photographic gear? If so, for what purpose, what was the approximate time spent, cost, and effectiveness compared to commercial or store-bought gear?
For instance here is the lighting gear I have built and am currently using.
I've built others in the past, but most have been outdated or redesigned to what you see above.
I know building your own (functioning) digital camera or lens is probably well beyond what a person could do in the modern world. Things like lighting equipment, diffusers, or modifiers are a start, though.