The journey of purchasing a new toy – GakkenFlex 35mm Twin Lens Reflex (TLR) began when I saw the BlackBird,Fly on a website and I was immediately swayed by its toy TLR camera features. Researching more into BlackBird,Fly, I was thinking whether to buy it, fellow blogger Xinyun, told me about the price and where I could buy it, she also suggested the GakkenFlex 35mm TLR. That caught my attention when I was given a link showing the comparison between BlackBird Fly and GakkenFlex TLR.
Before making the purchase, I decided to research more into GakkenFlex TLR and these are the useful links that I found on
~ In Review – The GakkenFlex 135mm TLR by Holgablog
~ GakkenFlex : Fun ! by FUZZYEYEBALLS
~ GakkenFlex TLR on lomography by Lomography
~ new toy – GakkenFlex 35mm twin lens reflex camera by Chillicraps
~ Lusting for a GakkenFlex ? by Travelomo.com
~ GakkenFlex – Read, Assemble, Customize, Shoot ! by Patrick Ng
~ All about the GakkenFlex by Miketsu Blog
~ GakkenFlex : All built by Hoefler Imaging
Basic Specifications of GakkenFlex 35mm TLR
~ Fixed Aperture (f-stop) @ f/11
~ Fixed (single) shutter speed @ 1/125s
~ Dimensions : 80mm x 115mm x 70mm
~ Weight : 130g
~ Affordable price
~ Customizable with your own paint / stickers on the camera
~ TRUE viewfinder (What you see is what you get)
~ The fun & joy of shooting/playing with a toy TLR camera
~ No Flash hot-shoe
~ No frame counter
~ No bulb mode
~ No aperture and shutter changes
Once the research, analysis and comparisons completed, my mind was made up to go for GakkenFlex 35mm TLR ! I was on the move one of the afternoon and since I had a bit of time during lunch time, I decided to swing up to Kinokuniya Singapore, at their main store at Takashimaya Shopping Centre, searched for the GakkenFlex 35mm TLR and paid for it ! The excitement and joy inside me was just a like little boy that just got his new toy car ! This feeling was awesome and it felt really good to pamper myself once in a while and I am somebody who doesn’t splurge on myself often.
The GakkenFlex 35mm TLR comes along with the Otona no kagaku magazine Vol. 25 , 大人の科学マガジン付録二眼レフ and it was a worthy and affordable investment. Costing SGD $53.50 at my date & time of purchase, consisting of a toy camera and magazine, it’s worth your investment !
It’s not just a toy camera, there’s also the fun of DIY ! Build your own camera ! Keep a lookout in my next post whereby I would share my journey, photographs and steps to construct and transform the GakkenFlex 35mm TLR ! Looking forward to purchasing film and go out shooting with my GakkenFlex 35mm TLR !