My Blackbird Fly TLR Camera Review

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I find that it’s not as easy to create good results with this thing as it is with other point and shoot cameras. Framing is weird, the camera is bulky, and focussing really needs to be correct.

However, once you’ve mastered that, the Blackbird Fly TLR ’ll be a very create picture taking tool. For me it’s all about the experience and the excitement of how to get different shots – and my new friend here delivers that and more.

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15 thoughts on “My Blackbird Fly TLR Camera Review”

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  2. 33mm F7 – F11!?!

    Not much should be out of focus then!

    I noticed you did some indoor shots… were they with floodlighting?

    I wish they’d offer a version at double the price with an F4 lens and visual focus ability.

    A modern 135 TLR is such a good premise…

    Thanks for the best review I’ve seen on it.

    • Thanks Fred!

      You’re right about the focus range: only things very close to the camera – at the right distance setting – produce a blurred background. Other than that, it’s more of a “framing exercise” than a proper TLR I guess.

      If you’d like the focussing ability too, how about a Lubitel 166? You can shoot both 120 and 35mm with it (however it’s a bit heavier and of course more expensive).

    • Yep, that’s no problem: all you need to do is turn the camera by 90 degrees. You’ll have to frame up using the sports finder rather than the top-down viewfinder. It’s not as accurate but will give you a guide of what will be in the picture.

      Hope this helps 😉


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