TLR (twin-lens reflex) cameras are pleasantly different from compact and normal SLRs, both in the way they look as in the way they handle. If you need a new feeling taking photos, this review and the Seagull might be the right thing for you.
Upon holding a camera in front of your eyes, everybody in front of you knows that you are going to take a photo. Everybody smiles or strikes a pose, at worst, everybody flees. But what is the reaction to a TLR? When taking a photo with a Seagull or Lubitel for example, your face isn’t covered by a camera.
I find myself making eye to eye contact to my photo subject when I frame a picture with the Seagull. The reactions to the unfamiliar look of this camera often is curiosity.
TLRs once had their 15 minutes of fame but soon became a rarity. TLRs sport, hence the name, two lenses. The upper one is used to compose the photo, the lower one accommodates the shutter and aperture and is used to take the photo.
There are two things I find very special about the Seagull. The first is the impression you get when peering through the viewfinder: It´s like having the finished photo in front of you because the image is projected onto a ground glass.
The second one is the peculiarity the show everything mirror-inverted. It slows down the process of taking a photo and makes you take it with greater care.
The Seagull is fully manual, but the film is wound via a crank witch is a real improvement because you don´t have to read the film numbers through a red window.
The pictures turn out sharp, square an with a great bokeh. Have a look!
Some facts about the Seagull 4A-103:
6×6, 120 Film, 12 pictures, F/3,5 to F/22, 1 bis 1/300 second and „B“ setting
The Seagull is a quite cheap Chinese alternative over more expensive Rollei and Yashica TLRs. Change your photographic perspective: try a TLR!