Posts Tagged ‘twin lens reflex’

Lomo’s Lubitel 2

Got this mint conditioned Lubitel 2 off ebay for a very cheap price. Film loaded but I haven’t had the chance to go out and shoot due to classes and also freaky weather in these past few days.

There’s One thing I didn’t like about this Lubitel 2 is the viewfinder. Although it’s a standard (6×6) sized viewfinder, focusing isn’t easy. Apart from the frosted circle (which is use to focus), everything seems like a “mirror” which sometimes confuse the eyes and that can be annoying at times. The tiny magnifier doesn’t help either. Other than that, the Lubitel 2 is great.

          I was told by a friend that there are few stalls in Portobello Market that sell old, antique cameras. I went there a week later to check it out for myself and it was great. There we so many vintages but only 2 caught my attention at that time. The Yashica B and a Rolleicord, but I decided to continue walking to look for other camera stalls.  Some were too expensive, some did not interest me, so I thought I’ll to go back to the first stall. When I got there, the Rolleicord was gone…. but lucky for me the Yashica was still there. Made a deal and got some discounts for it. 😀 Now it is happily sitting on my shelf.

Yashica B

The condition of this Yashica is excellent. But minor fungus is starting to grow in the taking lens which needs some cleaning. I couldn’t find much info about this Yashica B as it quite rare. I’ll play around with this thing first and I’ll update here. 😀

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Some of my friend do not get the chance to buy the Gakken TLR so I’m planning to post my little experience with it.

In terms of getting it fix, I took more than an hour. Not only I dont understand japanese, the layout of the instructions is somewhat confusing. There were parts that were a little tricky but eventually you’ll understand after hours of thinking. Overall its a good experience.  ( btw…I took 3 days to get it fixed…many times I was frustrated )

There were many complaints (flickr group to be exact) about the shutter of the Gakken. I have the same problem as well where the shutter doesn’t click as perfect as they should work. This somehow affected the consistency of the shutter speed but most of the time its fine.

Focusing is quite difficult actually, the viewfinder is definately smaller in size compared to other TLRs and not having the magnifier doesnt make things any better. But hey, what can you expect from a toy camera?

One thing you need to remind yourself when shooting with the Gakken, and that is to advance the film every shot. There were few cases where I forgot to advance the film, eventually I ended up with double exposures…

I guess that’s it, since it uses the 35mm film…it’s easier to just shoot around without thinking of the price of the film (the waste). Just shoot you way through. heheh! It’s small enough to fit it in my pocket, ideal for street shooting

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I got the first roll of the film developed, taken with the Gakken TLR (previous post). The results are satisfying I would say. 🙂 Enjoy!


 I forgot to advance the film… hence the double exposure… 


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