A DIY twin-lens reflex camera (TLR) made of plastics that will truly amaze you for what it can does!
Last month, I was looking for some magazines in a bookstore (Kinokuniya, a Japanese bookstore) and I found this very thick magazine located at the Japanese magazine section. I looked at the magazine front cover and saw a picture of a camera with Japanese description saying ’ 35mm 二眼レフカメラ ’ which means ’ 35mm twin-lens reflex camera ’ Yes! It uses 35mm film :D. I took one and bought it without thinking as it is quite cheap over here (around 38 USD) 大人の科学マガジン (Otona no Kagaku) which means ’ Science Of Adult ’ is the title for this magazine and volume 25 is the one that comes with this TLR. Fixing this camera is fun and easy, you’ll get to experience how a TLR is fix. Shutter part will be abit tricky to fix so you must be very careful :D
What we all know about TLR camera is that we’ve to look down at the viewfinder of the TLR and turn the focus wheel to get your picture in focus so what makes this TLR toy camera so different from the others? For example Blackbird Fly, a TLR toy camera that you can’t see how your subject/object get focus when you turn the focus wheel, unlike Gakkenflex TLR, it allows you to focus your subject/object through your viewfinder using the focus wheel!!!! That’s not all, sometimes it can sometime produce vignetting depending on different weather condition. It also produce pictures with tunnel vision effect.
Prices between these two TLR toy cameras were a very much difference, Blackbird, Fly is about USD138 and Gakkenflex TLR is about USD38, a big difference of USD100! If you can find one in your neighbourhood bookstore, buy it! Because currently they’re gonna stop the production of this small in size and light in weight TLR camera REAL SOON!!!
Below are some pictures that I took using the Gakkenflex TLR :DD