Blackbird Fly 35mm TLR Twin Lens Reflex Camera - Black with Orange Face [Camera]
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- Shutter speed of 1/125
- Standard 35mm film format
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|Item Dimensions||3.15 x 4.72 x 3.15 inches|
|Item Weight||0.46 pounds|
|Shipping Weight||1.2 pounds|
Top Customer Reviews
that viewfinder is what caught my eye when I saw the Blackbird... along with the nice styling, great colors, and good feel of the plastic.
REVIEW: there's a lot that is lacking in the experience of using this camera. The blackbird's viewfinder is not ground glass, it's a quasi optical finder with mirror. This kind of finder one can also see on old Argus TLRs (also available on ebay for cheap). But the viewfinder of the Blackbird is really messed up and hard to see through. If this camera cost $15 or $25 I'd consider it, but it's not. No one should pay over $100 for a camera like this, it's just not worth it and this ridiculous price flies in the face of the "toy" camera movement. People bought the holga and the diana because they were cheap AND they made interesting images.Read more ›
if you want perfect predictable photos, stick to digital.
if a bit of unintentional blur pisses you off, stick to digital.
if you think loading and unloading film is cumbersome, stick to digital.
with that being said, this is a fantastic plastic TLR toy camera. it comes with 2 frame masks: a standard 35mm film format and a square format frame. You can even remove the mask entirely to expose the entire width of the film, including the side sprocket holes.
the viewfinder takes a bit of getting used to, as it's smaller than most other TLR viewfinders. i've shot 2 rolls of film, and my images are actually sharper than i hoped they would be.
i lucked out when i purchased my BBF because i had some amazon gift cards left over from Xmas. the blackbird fly gets 4 stars due to the steep price point (it's an import). i do think it is a bit expensive for a toy camera...
If you are a fan of toy cameras, enjoy. But be aware, in no way is this camera a good student camera or introduction to medium format. Buy a used YashicaMat or related camera if that's what you are looking for. Yes, a basic tlr will cost you $300 used in good condition, but if you buy this "bbf" (black bird fly) you'll spend <$100 and will have no guarantee how long it will last until one of the plastic parts breaks.
Do understand, I am a fan of toy/pinhole cameras, just not at this price point.
This camera is based on a great concept - too bad the quality is so dang terrible.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love this camera and the unique film it takes. Can't wait to show my grandson how to take "real" pictures, where you don't know what you've got 'til you get it back from... Read morePublished on January 19, 2013 by Lea Adams
I was really disappointed when I received my Blackbird in the mail - at least for the price. I ended up returning it. Even for a toy-camera I thought that the quality was cheap. Read morePublished on May 27, 2012 by karacora
I had a little trouble loading the film the first time, but other than that this is a really cool camera, built fairly well, and takes great 35mm pictures.Published on January 31, 2011 by ben
It was the ideal 35mm TLR that I could find. I didn't want to pay 300 for a lubitel and didnt feel like modifying a seagull to suit my needs. This camera was the perfect match. Read morePublished on August 14, 2010 by Henry Paul