Blackbird Fly 35mm TLR Camera

The Blackbird Fly 35mm TLR Camera is a bit of a cult success story, it is one would say a plastic toy camera but it is much more than that it is a fantastic piece of kit. You can shoot in 3 formats (using provided masks): normal 35mm (24mm x 36mm), square format (24mm x 24mm), and large square format (36mm x 36mm). I also uses 35mm film so film is easy to get hold of, and these cameras are available in a few colours. These cameras are cheap in relation to 120 TLR cameras and as i’ve said they take great pictures.


Blackbird Fly TLR Camera


Blackbird, fly or simply BBF is the name of a Pseudo TLR which was introduced in 2008. It was designed by Powershovel as a playful toy camera for more experimentally-minded photographers and marketed through the brand Superheadz. Despite the geared lenses, it is does not have the ground glass focusing of a true TLR, but instead uses a brilliant finder and scale focusing.

The BBF has apertures f11 (sunny) and f7 (cloudy), and a switch to choose between moment (1/125) and bulb mode of the shutter. It has also a hot shoe to connect a flashgun. It takes 35mm film and is available in a number of different colours including orange, red, blue, black, white and yellow. Its innovative aspect is a set of masks which can be put into the camera before inserting a film. Thus different frame-sizes are achieveable, from 24x24mm to a size which includes the 35mm film‘s sprocket holes.

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