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Twin Lens Reflex Cameras

The Twin Lens Relfex camera was first introduced by Rollei in 1929 and the principle behind it was a real stroke of genius. Within a short time it had brought the Rollei name worldwide recognition. Nearly every top 6x6 photographer that time was using a Rolleiflex 6x6. Since then there have been other manufacturers who have designed and built cameras like this. Even today there is a Seagull TLR camera on the market.

Twin lens reflex camera have two lenses that are similar, one is to view the image with while the other is the lens use to take the photograph. The twin lens reflex camera design predated the single lens reflex and the focusing screen provides more accurate visual information of the scene than a direct vision camera but less than a SLR.

The image is projected up to a ground glass viewing screen via a single mirror onto a ground glass screen,  while the image is it is not upside down, it is laterally reversed and remains in the view finder continuously when the exposure is made. In the viewing screen of a view camera, the image is both upside down and laterally reversed

Some photographers find reversal of the image (the right side is on the left) help them compose in a different way than a SLR, and this along with the fact that the photographer seems preoccupied by looking directly down instead of through make the camera ideal for certain types of documentary work.

Because there is no mirror movement like in the single lens reflex camera, when the shutter is released there is little noise, and many photographers like this aspect of their operation - the view of the scene is continuous 

Unlike a SLR, these cameras have a parallax error, are rather bulky, most have fixed lenses and those with interchangeable lens have a limited range, however they do produce excellent photographs. 


I used one of these cameras to take these images.


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These images were taken with a Twin Lens Reflex camera


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