It was Q’s birthday 2 days ago but I only managed to give him his birthday present yesterday. I bought him a Recesky Twin-Lens Reflex Camera, and it’s not exactly the best camera to get if you want lots of control over the settings (cos there are basically none), but he has a strange obsession with DIY (he loves IKEA furniture), and this camera requires you to assemble it yourself so, go figure.


The instructions state that it’ll take 1-3 hours to assemble, and true enough, we took 3 freakin’ hours to put the thing together. It doesn’t really take a genius to assemble all the parts, but it does take some googling (we referred to this tutorial) and some extra interpretation of the instructions (which are in very poor English) to finally complete it.

After following all the instructions, enduring a long struggle with Spring C (which they mislabeled as Spring D) and trying numerous times to fit all the panels together while keeping everything in its place, here’s what we got:


The result was really worth every minute of trouble.

Q is off to a conference in Sydney today (his flight’s at 9:40am, GMT+8) and he’s getting ready to head to the airport as I type this. We loaded a roll of Fuji Superia ISO400 film in the camera so that it’ll be versatile enough for bright sunlight as well as warm sunset. He’s not sure when he’ll actually get the time to shoot some pictures, but I’m hoping he gets at least one shot of the Sydney Opera House, which is pretty near the hotel that he’s putting up in (plus the conference is at the hotel itself).

My hostel’s charity fund-raising committee, MAXAR, is selling these Recesky TLR cameras to raise funds for their trip to Cambodia to do some work at an orphanage. The cameras are going at $33 a set, and if anyone’s interested in getting one, do drop them an email ( with your name, quantity and delivery option. No, I’m not getting any commission for this.

You might want to note that the camera has no hotshoe, and neither can you adjust the aperture settings. It also doesn’t come with a neck strap nor a lens cap. However, the thing that makes me, a Blackbird, fly. owner consider getting one of these is that the image in your viewfinder is a true mirror image. When you turn the focus ring, you can actually see the image get blurrier or sharper in your viewfinder, unlike the BBF where you’ll just have to guestimate the distance between you and your subject in order to get the right focus setting. Pwnd.

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