On Film Friday: Gold-trimmed Seagull TLR

Seagull TLRI just returned from the WPPI convention where I  talked with the wonderful people at the Indie Film Lab about processing some of my film shots, some of which will be made with the camera that’s the topic of today’s post.

One of my prized film cameras was a gift from my wife Mary. It’s the gold-trimmed Seagull  4A-107G Limited Collector’s Edition Medium Format TLR. OK, it’s not a Rollei but that didn’t stop Seagull from trying.

Seagull Camera Ltd is located in Shanghai and is the oldest camera maker in China.Their product line of Seagull includes TLR, SLR, and even folding cameras constructed using basic, time-tested mechanical designs that require no batteries. Since it was founded in 1958Seagull has made 21 million cameras . You can read what Shutterbug magazine said about the Seagull 4A 105 And 4A 107 TLR cameras here.

© Joe Farace Seagull TLR

Mary Farace photographed with Seagull TLR

To commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Shanghai Camera Company, the manufacturer announced they were producing a special limited edition “gold” version of the Seagull 4A-107 TLR.

All of external metal detailing on that special Seagull was plated in gold and the top cover features an inlaid 18 karat gold commemorative logo. Seagull devoted a special division to the production of this camera and units were assembled to “even higher tolerances than that achieved with a normal  production,” whatever that means. Only 2,500 cameras, which are certificated and supplied in custom boxes, were produced on a worldwide basis. It’s really a fun camera to use and reminds me more of an old Yashica TLR I used to own, than a Rollei with build quality somewhere between the two. And it was the only medium format film camera I kept when moving to digital.

Author: Joe Farace

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