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★★★★☆

“I picked this camera up for only ~150 pounds(R1500)...”

Written on: 18/12/2000 by Christiaan. (1 review written)

Good Points
Price
Leaf shutter & no mirror movement
Handling
Lens quality

Bad Points
No metering
Parralax
Weight

General Comments
I picked this camera up for only ~150 pounds(R1500) second hand (they are not manufactured anymore)

It was still packed in the box with plastic& Polistyrene - perfect condition.

This is definitely the best way to enter Medium Format. The 80mm

black lens is of very high quality and delivers wonderful results.



Coming from the automated world of high-tech 35mm cameras, it

takes a bit of getting used to the abscence of metering and

motordrive, bbut it forces you to be more carefull and deliberate.

(You actually feel like you've actually done something after the shutter

has been released)



The build quality is great and the camera feels very solid. In

fact it is quite heavy and becomes a bit of a burden if it's

around your neck for too long.



The shutter is quiet (no moving mirror) and precise and the 80mm

delivers sharp pictures (even sharper than many of the modern day

Medium format SLR's - this is probably due to the compromises

in optimal lens-film distance due to the mirror). & Lenses are interchangeable!

This is one of the very few TLR's with such a feature.



One problem with the TLR's is the severe parralax problems.

When focusing closer than 1 metre the difference between the

picture as viewed and the picture photographed becomes significant.

Although there are various ingenious features built into the camera to

correct the probblem, it affects the speed of handling for close-ups

adversely.



I'm having so much fun with this camera, and the larger negative

just blows my mind - a great way to move into medium format!