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The Pearl River Camera

Hey, it's a Chinese TLR. I got it for about 40 bucks on Ebay, but the images on my first roll of film were quite awful. I hauled it in for an overhaul and adjustment, and 40 bucks later, I still haven't developed any film from it. There's film in it, but I don't know what speed. I guess that means more cat pictures.

One thing that drives me bananas about this camera is that the film advance is a big knob on one side and the focus is a big knob on the other side. I frequently try to focus and realize that I've moved the film a few frames ahead.


  • 75mm focal length
  • f3.5 lens
  • shutter speeds from 1 second to 1/300 second

They have a reputation for being crappy cameras, but I don't know any better..

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Pearl River