When I return to the UK for the summer, I take my new cameras back with me. This is mainly due to the humidity here. Everything goes moldy or grows fungus especially if you leave the air condition off. There isn’t much you can do about it in Japan when there is 90% humidity for days on end. This website gives some advice if you can’t afford a special cabinet. I am thinking of investing, but for now, I am saving all the little silica packs.
Anyway, it also means I can buy new-to-me cameras to play with when I return. However, the choices are getting smaller as my blog list gets bigger. It also meant I took all my medium format cameras back, but still had some film left in my fridge. Instead of throwing or giving it away I searched for a reasonably priced 120 film camera. The Fujipet doesn’t count.
It can take 6×6 or 645 with the mask…which I thought I didn’t have and was going to make an insert. Then I got the box out for these photos and voila, the mask fell out along with a silica pack 🙂
There is some information on the net about this camera and the whole seagull company, but not a production date. According to this site, they were produced from 1970 onwards and still in production. Plus the guarantee I got has Holga mention on it too so it could be anytime really. Given that mine is mint, I suspect it isn’t that old.
Compared to the other TLRs I have used, it is much better than the lubitel. It is sturdier and easier to focus. It is not as good as the Mamiya c2 or c33, but it is much lighter. Though it isn’t perfect. On my first outing with it, I pushed the magnifier out and the plate got stuck over the focusing mask. I yanked it out eventually and will be more careful in the future.
Here are the shots from my first roll. I went on a cycle with a couple of friends to the Akeno Himawari Festival. I feel very lucky to live in such a lovely place…despite the earthquakes, typhoons, tornadoes, volcanoes, floods, missiles, suzumebachi, snakes, bears, humidity….I am sure there is something I am missing?? I would put Tsunami, but I am too far from the coast.
I loved the camera, it is a keeper and will be my go-to 120 camera for this year at least. I have 2 other medium format cameras I haven’t written about yet, but will not be buying anymore…honest guv.
And for fun, I used the iPad app Snapseed to play with the scans. It may be dishonoring film, but it is fun.