Interesting to hear of a good experience.
Unlike the TLR's, they aren't being made anymore I think. The TLR was saved
when a Chinese millionaire bought the 4A-109 production line and cranked it up
You were lucky - quality was EXTREMELY variable. If a camera failed quality
control checks, Seagull put a red dot in front of the serial number and...sold
it on the domestic market.
The education department used to buy them for schools here because they were
cheap - it was a false economy.
Many people had one fail right out of the box.
I've understand that the TLR's are very reliable - if you have them serviced by
a technician the moment you get them. And if you don't try and set the shutter
speed before winding on - or was that after? - whichever, it causes a jam.
Seagull did have a proper licencing arrangement with Minolta for the DF's and
there were several DF models. I don't know where they got the design for the
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On 09/02/2013, at 4:52 PM, Chris Crawford wrote:
> I shot this back in 2003 with one of the most interesting cameras in my
> little collection, a Seagull DF-1. A lot of people are familiar with the
> Seagull TLRs, because they began to be imported into the USA around 2000,
> but this is not one of the well-known TLRs. The DF-1 is a 35mm SLR, based on
> an old Minolta, the meterless SR-2. The Seagull also lacks a meter, and is
> primitive in its construction. It feels like it will fall apart when you use
> it, but it has worked perfectly the 10 years that I have owned it. The 50mm
> f2 lens that came with it is an excellent lens. The exterior cosmetics look
> like a clone of a Pentax M-Series K-mount lens, but I do not know what the
> optics are based on. The mount is Minolta, not Pentax, despite the
> appearance of the lens!
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