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Blackbird, Fly

blackbird,flyPowershovel, the forward thinking Japanese company that involved a few lucky photographers (including yours truly) around the world in a photographic collaboration using the Holga 135BC (as mentioned in previous posts) has kindly invited me to trial a new toy camera they have in development, a plastic 35mm Twin Lens Reflex called the Blackbird, Fly. As with the Holga 135BC collaboration, I received the camera and 5 rolls of 400 iso film to shoot with. This time I will be returning the camera as well as the films however, as it is a prototype and the camera is still in development phase. For those who would like to have a closer look at this camera, I have uploaded a few images (click on the thumbnail) of the very light, very cool, very black (I’ve seen photos online of one with an orange front panel) Blackbird, Fly camera. Soon I will upload some example shots from the camera as well as a brief review of my experience using it. I understand this camera will probably be released sometime in August (but don’t quote me on it)! *update – I have been informed that the camera will be marketed as the BBF camera now.


  1. that looks pretty cool.

    Sunday, June 1, 2008 at 23:21 | Permalink
  2. SebastianNo Gravatar wrote:

    Sweet. Thanks for the tease. I’ll be keeping my eye out for sample shots. :-)

    Monday, June 2, 2008 at 00:57 | Permalink
  3. moominseanNo Gravatar wrote:

    lucky bastard. been looking forward to this one for awhile.

    Wednesday, June 4, 2008 at 09:07 | Permalink
  4. CameronNo Gravatar wrote:

    Update – Powershovel tell me they are going to market this little beauty as BBF now. I sent it off a couple of days ago and can’t wait to get hold of the final product when it is released.
    @kevin, it is cool!!
    @Sebastion -sample shots coming soon, thanks for your patience!
    @Sean, I’m sure you’ll get your hands on one soon buddy! (and yes, I am a lucky bastard!)
    @ Russel – I don’t want to return it, I really like this little camera! Returning it is part of the testing agreement. The camera I was provided with was one of only a few prototypes so Powershovel need these cameras back (with the films) so they can evaluate their performance and continue developing these cameras prior to a final release. They will probably send the camera I had along to others to try out as well.

    Friday, June 6, 2008 at 19:11 | Permalink
  5. russellNo Gravatar wrote:

    But why do you feel that you want to return this model ? I understand that its a prototype, but it must have some quality.

    Friday, June 6, 2008 at 18:25 | Permalink
  6. C Gary MoyerNo Gravatar wrote:

    Damn that looks sweet! Would love to get ahold of one for “Gary’s Toy Box” article :)

    Sunday, June 8, 2008 at 00:35 | Permalink
  7. edthenedNo Gravatar wrote:

    Och a wont wun, geez wun noo………pleese :-) :-)

    Tuesday, June 10, 2008 at 05:06 | Permalink
  8. KatNo Gravatar wrote:

    They’re now onsale:

    Thursday, October 16, 2008 at 09:21 | Permalink

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