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The Pear River - Once Famous and Popular in China

One of the cheapest twin lens reflex cameras you can get in the world. That is, if you can find one nowadays!

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The Pearl River Factory used to be located in the northern rural town of Guang Zhou City, and it made TLR Pearl River cameras as well as some easy to use 35 cameras like this F35 ES. It finally closed in the 1980’s. This F35 ES that I have was bought new in a street shop about 11 years ago and it still works perfect today.

The camera is total dark black color, and shutter is fixed on 125sec, apertures vary from f4-22, no B setting, with tripod thread and a mechanical self-timer, electrical flash available . This camera bears a 38mm lens, so with its “wide” depth of field, the focus is free. On the whole, it is a rather easy to use point and shoot camera especially when shoot in the Lomo way. I got my this camera for about $ 10.

written by wuxiong


  1. stouf


    Beautiful shots wuxiong ! With a little soft fog as I like it !

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  2. bravopires


    amazing shots, wuxiong!!!

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  3. adi_totp


    wooow! great review :D

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  4. lomosexual_manboy


    So which camera is it. The TLR in the pic doesn't have fixed focus and the gallery looks like 35mm shots with the exception of a 120 in there. Either way the shots are quite nice.

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  5. wuxiong


    Yes, the TLR Pearl River was produced in the same factory, which is also out of production. In fact the TLR part is added by the editor. Mine is only about the 135. All the attached photos, with the 35 camera,were taken more than 10 years ago in GuangZhou.::)) Thank you all for the kind comments and encouraging words..

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  6. dogma


    WoW great camera! need to have it :)

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  7. paramir


    great gallery!

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  8. breakphreak


    hen hao, xie xie ni! :)

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  9. jaalvarez


    I´m agree with Stouf ...
    Great photos !!!
    I like all of them !!!

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  10. -a-l-b-e-r-t-o-


    I love the gallery...congrats...I've never heard about this factory

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  11. makeyuu


    dog shot so nice

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  12. sidsel


    great review and excellent pictures!

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  13. adash


    Too bad they ruined your review with that TLR. The original F35 ES seems quite well fit for lomography, with its vignetted photos and quite soft image.

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