Classic Camera Revival – Episode 30 – Twin Lens Love

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These fun cameras are the sort that will get you the age old question ‘you can still get film for that?’ A conversation starter for sure is the TLR or Twin Lens Reflex. The camera that of late made famous by previously unknown Vivian Maier.

Cameras Featured on Today’s Episode

Mamyia C220f – Mamyia took a totally different look at the TLR and thought it should be made more like a system SLR, the C-Series is the only TLR with a full line of interchangeable lenses. While the weight is an issue they are totally worth every ounce. And if you’re looking for one, get a blue-dot lens with it.

Classic Camera Revival - Episode 30 - Twin Lens Love

  • Make: Mamyia
  • Model: C220F
  • Type: Twin Lens Reflex
  • Format: Medium Format (120/220), 6×6
  • Lens: Interchangable
  • Year of Manufacture: 1986

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Mamiya C220f – Mamiya-Sekor 1:2.8 ƒ=80mm – Cinestill 800T

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Mamiya C220f – Mamiya-Sekor 1:2.8 ƒ=80mm – Cinestill 800T

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Mamiya C220f – Mamiya-Sekor 1:2.8 ƒ=80mm – Cinestill 800T

Yashica-A – The Yashica-A is a no-nonsense bare-bones TLR. Part of Yashica’s early entries into the TLR market as a basic model, but don’t let that turn you away from the camera. A solid performer that often can be had for less money than some of the popular models from Japan.

Classic Camera Revival - Episode 30 - Twin Lens Love

  • Make: Yashica
  • Model: A
  • Type: Twin Lens Reflex
  • Format: Medium Format (120), 6×6
  • Lens: Fixed, Yashinon 1:3.5 f=80mm
  • Year of Manufacture: 1953

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Yashica-A – Yashinon 1:3.5 f=80mm – Kodak TMax 400

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Yashica-A – Yashinon 1:3.5 f=80mm – Kodak TMax 400

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Yashica-A – Yashinon 1:3.5 f=80mm – Kodak TMax 400

Kodak Reflex – The only North American camera on today’s episode. The Kodak Reflex was Rochester’s giant’s response to the popularity of the German Rolleiflex cameras. While you might think it’s a pseudo-TLR,  it’s a full TLR, complete with a geared focusing system.

Classic Camera Revival - Episode 30 - Twin Lens Love

  • Make: Kodak
  • Model: Reflex
  • Type: Twin Lens Reflex
  • Format: Medium Format (620), 6×6
  • Lens: Fixed, Kodak Anastigmat ƒ:3.5 80mm
  • Year of Manufacture: 1946

Leica Swirl
Kodak Reflex – Kodak Anastigmat ƒ:3.5 80mm – Ilford Delta 100 – Rodinal (1+100)

Gear Talk
Kodak Reflex – Kodak Anastigmat ƒ:3.5 80mm – Kodak Ektachrome E100G

Bridged Over
Kodak Reflex – Kodak Anastigmat ƒ:3.5 80mm – Ilford Delta 100 – Rodinal (1+100)

Franke & Heidecke Rolleiflex 3.5 E3 – It just goes to show that you don’t need to shell out the big bucks and get a Rolleiflex with a Carl Zeiss lens, John is a big supporter of going with a Schneider-Kreuznach equipped camera.

Classic Camera Revival - Episode 30 - Twin Lens Love

  • Make: Franke & Heidecke
  • Model: Rolleiflex 3.5 E3
  • Type: Twin Lens Reflex
  • Format: Medium Format (120), 6×6
  • Lens: Fixed, Schneider-Kreuznach Xenotar 1:3.5 f=75mm
  • Year of Manufacture: 1961-1965

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Rolleiflex 3.5E3 – Schneider-Kreuznach Xenotar 1:3.5 f=75mm – Ilford HP5+

Montreal Lighthouse. Rolleiflex 3.5E3 (Xenotar lens). Fuji Provia 100 slide film
Rolleiflex 3.5E3 – Schneider-Kreuznach Xenotar 1:3.5 f=75mm – Fuji Provia 100F (RDPIII)

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Rolleiflex 3.5E3 – Schneider-Kreuznach Xenotar 1:3.5 f=75mm – Ilford Pan F+

Franke & Heidecke Rolleiflex 2.8E – The classic Rolleiflex for the modern age, the trouble is that the camera while it does have a light meter it is uncoupled. The dial on the left those numbers correspond to the EV settings shown on the meter.

Classic Camera Revival - Episode 30 - Twin Lens Love

  • Make: Franke & Heidecke
  • Model: Rolleiflex 2.8E
  • Type: Twin Lens Reflex
  • Format: Medium Format (120), 6×6
  • Lens: Fixed, Carl Zeiss Planar 80mm 1:2.8
  • Year of Manufacture: 1956-1959

Franke & Heidecke Rolleiflex 2.8F – One of Alex’s jewels, this beautiful camera while looks at first glance similar to the 2.8E from James Lee, the biggest difference is that the meter is now coupled.

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  • Make: Franke & Heidecke
  • Model: Rolleiflex 2.8F
  • Type: Twin Lens Reflex
  • Format: Medium Format (120), 6×6
  • Lens: Fixed, Carl Zeiss Planar 80mm 1:2.8
  • Year of Manufacture: 1960-1981

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Rolleiflex 2.8F – Carl Zeiss Planar 80mm 1:2.8 – Fuji Pro 160 – Unicolor C-41 Kit

Creemore, Ontario
Rolleiflex 2.8F – Carl Zeiss Planar 80mm 1:2.8 – Kodak TMax 100 – Kodak TMax Developer (1+4)

Taking Shelter
Rolleiflex 2.8F – Carl Zeiss Planar 80mm 1:2.8 – Kodak Verichrome Pan – Kodak Xtol (1+2)

Looking for a good spot to get your gear and material fix check out Burlington Camera (Burlington, ON), Downtown Camera (Toronto, ON), Film Plus (Toronto, ON), Belle Arte Camera (Hamilton, ON), Pond’s FotoSource (Guleph, ON), Foto Art Camera (Owen Sound, ON). Out West there’s The Camera Store (Calgary, AB) and Beau Photo Supply (Vancouver, BC). Additionally you can order online at Argentix (Quebec), buyfilm.ca (Ontario), the Film Photography Project or Freestyle Photographic.

Also you can connect with us through email: classiccamerarevivial[at]gmail[dot]com or by Facebook, we’re at Classic Camera Revival or even Twitter @ccamerarevival

2 Comments

  1. The revised version of Mamiya C220 which is known as Mamiya C220f is definitely one of the legendary models of the Mamiya system.

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