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Eastar TLR - Darn Good lens!
Old 02-18-2017   #1
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Eastar TLR - Darn Good lens!

What do you know? I found an Eastar TLR, new in the box, for $50. I've run two rolls of film through it so far. One with the 645 mask in, and one without. I'm impressed by the lens in this thing, even if the build quality is chintzy.

Greenhouse by Berang Berang, on Flickr

Buick by Berang Berang, on Flickr

CitroŽn by Berang Berang, on Flickr

Fog Light by Berang Berang, on Flickr

This thing is pretty sharp even wide open, I've been pleasantly surprised.
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Old 02-18-2017   #2
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I've never heard of that one.

Can you tell us anything about the brand or where it was made?

Is the lens made by a known manufacturer? What is it called?

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Old 02-18-2017   #3
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Its one of those made in China cameras, although I had not heard of the name. I have heard of the brand Seagull back in the 1970s, and these are of similar design, as described herein:

https://www.flickr.com/groups/894755...7620838317008/
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Nice pictures, the lens looks good.

Found some background on Chinese TLRs here, including the Eastar (seems to be a derivative of the Seagull 4b).
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Thanks for the links. I remember the Seagull TLRs.

Would the Eastar have a three- or four-element lens?

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Old 02-24-2017   #6
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The build quality may be iffy, but the lens performs well.

Some years ago, a friend of mine got a Seagull (doesn't remember which model) for peanuts, as her first foray into TLR territory. The pictures she took with it were quite nice.

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Wow that looks really good. There are a couple on eBay I see. I may have to get one.
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Thanks for the links. I remember the Seagull TLRs.

Would the Eastar have a three- or four-element lens?

- Murray
One source says three, but if it is built to seagull spec, I'd think it'd be four. In either event it out performs some triplets I've used in other old TLRs.
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I would have had better results with mine if I had realized that it had the 4.5x6 mask in it, which screwed up my framining and scratched the negatives. The lens is good, the focus screen is dim.


Eastar TLR, TriX by Mike Novak, on Flickr


Eastar TLR, TriX by Mike Novak, on Flickr


Eastar TLR, TriX by Mike Novak, on Flickr
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I just got one of these Eastars at an antique store today. The shutter hangs open at speeds slower than 1/8th. I’ll post some pics when I get it cleaned up and have the time to shoot a roll. The pics on here are quite impressive!

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