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Blackbird, Fly 35mm Twin-Lens Reflex (TLR) Camera (Black & Orange)

B&H # BL35TLRBOR Mfr # 30133
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Product Highlights
  • Twin Lens Reflex 35mm Film Camera
  • Trendy & Fun Camera
  • Perfect for Experimental Imagery
  • 3 Formats (Normal, Square, Large Square)
  • Wide Angle (33mm) f/7 and f/11 Lens

For playful photographic purposes, the "Blackbird, Fly" 35mm Twin-Lens Reflex (TLR) Camera (aka, the BBF) from Blackbird is a novel camera cashing in on the 'fantastic plastic' craze. The BBF revels in its low-tech simplicity having quite a bit in common with a disposable camera - and that's a good thing. The uniqueness prompted by optical and mechanical imprecision is a desirable flavor in which to imbue photographs with. This genre of image making is meant to be youthful, spry, moody and experimental.

Twin lens reflex cameras such as the Blackbird, Fly possess an optical pathway that differs from common SLR and point & shoot cameras in that they have a pair of lenses, one atop the other.  The bottom 'taking' lens, responsible for image capture, contains the aperture and shutter assembly and brings the light to the film plane behind it.  The upper 'viewing' lens is solely for composing and has a reflex mirror which projects the image upwards to a horizontal ground glass shielded by a chimney stack hood.

The TLR design's main advantages are that the viewfinder is never blacked-out by a mirror during activation of the shutter, so the photographer sees the subject during the exposure, and that the away-from-the-eye way in which you use it tends to allow subjects to be more at ease around the camera.

Selectable Framing Formats
By interchanging included masks, the camera can record 24x36mm, 24x24mm, and 36x36mm sized images on standard 35mm film.
Simplified Operation
The BBF has two apertures: f/7 (cloudy), f/11 (bright weather) to which the shutter speed is fixed at 1/125 with the option for Bulb. Focusing is by scale, in other words you approximate the distance to subject and dial the lens to match. The lens has a range from 2.6' (0.8m) to infinity.
Medium-Wide-Angle Lens
The 33mm lens provides a medium-wide perspective commonly used for street shooting, reportage, and general photography.
There are two objective lenses: one for taking the photograph, and one for the waist-level viewfinder. Behind the viewfinder lens is a mirror at a 45-degree angle (hence the term "reflex"), which reflects upwards through a matter focusing screen surrounded by a hood/enclosure used to block some light and reduce reflection on the screen. This creates an image on the screen identical to what will be captured on film through the photographic lens.
Unlike conventional TLRs that use 120mm film, the Blackbird, Fly uses 35mm film. Although 120 film is very cool, it can be much harder to find and even harder to get developed. With 35mm film you can just drop it off at the nearest 1-hour photo.
Focus Type Manual (scale focusing)
Film Formats Normal: 35mm (24 x 36mm)Large Square: (36 x 36mm)
Lens 33mm f/7
Aperture Range f/7 & f/11 only
Shutter Speed 1/125 and B
Dimensions 4.75 x 2.5 x 2.5" (12.06 x 6.35 x 6.35 cm)
With viewfinder extended: 6.14 x 2.5 x 2.5" (15.59 x 6.35 x 6.35 cm)
Focus Distance Visual distance estimates: 0.8', 1.5', 2', 2.5', 3', 4', 5', 10', infinity
Weight Not specified by manufacturer
Blackbird, Fly 35mm Twin-Lens Reflex (TLR) Camera (Black & Orange)
  • Lens Caps
  • Frame Masks
  • Strap
  • 1-Year Warranty
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    Blackbird, Fly 35mm Twin-Lens Reflex (TLR) Camera (Red)
     
    4.1

    (based on 13 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

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      (1)

    92%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Comfortable design (5)
    • Reliable operation (5)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Travel (6)
      • Home (4)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Casual photographer (5), Photo enthusiast (4)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (6)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      THis Camera Rocks

      I use plastic cameras as a way to unwind and for personal projects as I shoot Digital all day . This is the newest addition to my plastic camera collection and I love it ! ...Read complete review

      I use plastic cameras as a way to unwind and for personal projects as I shoot Digital all day . This is the newest addition to my plastic camera collection and I love it ! I have three TLRs that I like to use all Yashica mats. and although I really like them they are sometimes too heavy/ bulky to carry everywhere. the BBF is light weight and has a cool sweet spot. the viewfinder is bright and makes it easy to compose an image. I have shot this with Kodak ektar 100 and fujicolor pro 400h . Both gave me GREAT results. I'm shooting so much more 35mm film because of this camera instead of my usual 120.

      I develop my own film but for those who do not the 35mm format makes it easy for you to jump into a TLR and get prints from any photo lab. I also Love the fact that you can shoot in square format if you choose to and even shoot without a mask to get the image over the sprocket holes in the film ( which is a cool effect).

      I like this one so much, I may buy another one.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Warning, fragile!

      Fun to use, but it broke after one roll of film. And, at [$] a pop, not really interested in having a camera that can best be described as breakable.

      Fun to use, but it broke after one roll of film. And, at [$] a pop, not really interested in having a camera that can best be described as breakable.

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      4.0

      Extremely fun!

      By NeutraL-GreY

      from Sacramento, CA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Lightweight
      • Makes you think

      Cons

      • Flimsy Construction

      Best Uses

      • Relaxing
      • STREET PHOTOS
      • Travel

      Comments about Blackbird, Fly 35mm Twin-Lens Reflex (TLR) Camera (Red):

      This was my first camera that got me into the film world, since then I have started using a La Sardina, Diana Mini, Nikon FM2, Rolleiflex, Rolleicord, and a Holga Wide pinhole. This Blackbird gives you everything you need to create something pleasing to the eye. Anyone who disagrees probably takes themselves to seriously and do not have the creativity work with a minimalist camera such as this. The focusing is something you should not worry to much about because the depth of field is so large. The only downside with this camera is when it is open it is a bit flimsy but when closed up it is sturdy enough that you will not worry about breaking it. Also twin lens reflex camera a great for street photography since people don't really take notice to you ( which is odd because this camera is bright red)!

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      4.0

      More than tought

      By rafael martin

      from Puebla, Mexico.

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fun
      • Great Picture Quality
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Fragile

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Landscape/Scenery

      Comments about Blackbird, Fly 35mm Twin-Lens Reflex (TLR) Camera (Black & Orange):

      I didn´t expected such great results from plastic camera, everybody has to make a comment about it, it draws attention haha, tough I can say that it lack a little of vignette in the results, desirable in this kind of product; be careful with the returning lever it is fragile, loading film as everybody says is really tricky, only the first time, I strongly recommend to search youtube for a BBF loading film video.

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      BBF

      By joe shomo

      from beavercreek ohio

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Pros

      • Comfortable Design
      • Reliable Operation

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home
        • Travel

        Comments about Blackbird, Fly 35mm Twin-Lens Reflex (TLR) Camera (Red):

        this camera is awesome. a little hard to load but after loading it this is a fun little camera. gets really cool lens flares. this gets really good pictures for a plastic lens. unloading the film is awkward. you have to push down the unload button for the whole time that you are unloading it. all in all its a great toy camera. btw all plastic too

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        5.0

        35mm Great Price

        By Jam

        from San Antonio, TX

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Reliable Operation

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home
          • Nature
          • Office
          • Travel

          Comments about Blackbird, Fly 35mm Twin-Lens Reflex (TLR) Camera (Black):

          There are instructional videos on Youtube on how to load the camera; it could be a little tricky for those who have never loaded a 35mm. Once you have load it once, you shouldn't have a problem. I like that you can do some photography tricks. Good quality fotos. I really like the price!

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          • No

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          5.0

          Cool

          By JAM

          from San Antonio, TX

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Comfortable Design
          • Easy to use
          • Reliable Operation

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home
            • Nature
            • Office
            • Travel

            Comments about Blackbird, Fly 35mm Twin-Lens Reflex (TLR) Camera (Red):

            There are instructional videos on Youtube on how to load the camera; it could be a little tricky for those who have never loaded a 35mm. Once you have load it once, you shouldn't have a problem. I like that you can do some photography tricks. Good quality fotos. I really like the price!

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            • No

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            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            Cute and fun

            By LindseyAnne

            from Pullman, WA

            About Me Not Into Sports, Stylish

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Authentic Design
            • Unique Item

            Cons

            • Low Quality Material

            Best Uses

            • Daily Use

            Comments about Blackbird, Fly 35mm Twin-Lens Reflex (TLR) Camera (Black & Blue):

            I like the design and the concept but the device is hard to use. I had to youtube instructions for almost everything in order to use it.

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            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Warning, fragile!

            By Amanda

            from Denver, CO

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fun

            Cons

            • Breakable
            • Expensive

            Best Uses

            • Fun framing

            Comments about Blackbird, Fly 35mm Twin-Lens Reflex (TLR) Camera (Black):

            Fun to use, but it broke after one roll of film. And, at [$] a pop, not really interested in having a camera that can best be described as breakable.

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            • No

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            (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Fun! fun! fun!

            By Steve

            from South Carolina

            About Me Casual Fan

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Unique Item

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Blackbird, Fly 35mm Twin-Lens Reflex (TLR) Camera (Black & Blue):

                Great for fun after shooting wedding after wedding after wedding after wedding? Did I mention it was FUN!

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                (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Cheap but very good

                By Jay

                from Chicago, Il

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Comfortable Design
                • Fast Film Loading
                • Fingertip Controls
                • Reliable Operation

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home

                  Comments about Blackbird, Fly 35mm Twin-Lens Reflex (TLR) Camera (Black):

                  This isn't the best TLR on the market but it takes good quality pictures and is very user friendly. I would recommend this for students, hobbies or anyone wanting to just experiment without spending a lot of money.

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                  4.0

                  Its what your going to want.

                  By Tanner

                  from Dallas TX

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Comfortable Design
                  • Fingertip Controls
                  • Reliable Operation

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Travel

                    Comments about Blackbird, Fly 35mm Twin-Lens Reflex (TLR) Camera (Red):

                    i have alread done 2 rolls of this and i love it. its a great camera for having fun with.

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                    (7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    A Fun Camera

                    By C. M. DeMarco

                    from Clifton Park, NY

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Fun to use
                    • Takes unique pictures

                    Cons

                    • Tricky to load film

                    Best Uses

                    • Casual Photography

                    Comments about Blackbird, Fly 35mm Twin-Lens Reflex (TLR) Camera (Red):

                    This is a really fun camera and it can take some great pictures once you're used to using it. I've shot three rolls of film with it and I'm starting to really understand where it shines and where it falls short. I don't recommend it as a first camera (as it was for me) but if you have a good knowledge of basic photography you will more than likely have a blast with it. Really the only thing that I don't like about the camera is how much of a pain loading film into it can be, it takes a good deal of practice to get comfortable with it but once it's loaded it's a blast.

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                    (36 of 36 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    THis Camera Rocks

                    By 2Lpix

                    from New York / New Jersey

                    About Me Professional Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Bright View finder
                    • Cool feel
                    • Image quality
                    • Light Weight

                    Cons

                    • Fragile rewind handle

                    Best Uses

                    • Art and fun photos

                    Comments about Blackbird, Fly 35mm Twin-Lens Reflex (TLR) Camera (Black & Blue):

                    I use plastic cameras as a way to unwind and for personal projects as I shoot Digital all day . This is the newest addition to my plastic camera collection and I love it ! I have three TLRs that I like to use all Yashica mats. and although I really like them they are sometimes too heavy/ bulky to carry everywhere. the BBF is light weight and has a cool sweet spot. the viewfinder is bright and makes it easy to compose an image. I have shot this with Kodak ektar 100 and fujicolor pro 400h . Both gave me GREAT results. I'm shooting so much more 35mm film because of this camera instead of my usual 120.

                    I develop my own film but for those who do not the 35mm format makes it easy for you to jump into a TLR and get prints from any photo lab. I also Love the fact that you can shoot in square format if you choose to and even shoot without a mask to get the image over the sprocket holes in the film ( which is a cool effect).

                    I like this one so much, I may buy another one.

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                    (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    awesome camera

                    By me and my shadow

                    from West Jordan, UT

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Comfortable Design

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Travel

                      Comments about Blackbird, Fly 35mm Twin-Lens Reflex (TLR) Camera (Black & Orange):

                      This camera is so fun to use. It looks cool. I love the name, I love the way it feels in my hands, I love the way it blurs the pictures so beautifully.
                      Try it with black and white film: stunning!

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