If you’re like me, then you’ve probably heard of the Gakkenflex, that assemble-it-yourself plastic TLR that comes free with Volume 25 of the drippingly cool Gakken Mook (magazine-book). If you haven’t, here’s what it looks like:
This 35mm TLR only has a fixed f11 aperture, it has no hotshoe nor film counter, but makes up for its shortcomings with sheer charm and a true TLR viewfinder, unlike its closest counterpart the Blackbird, Fly from Superheadz. It’s also about half the price of the BBF.
The mook came out sometime last year and is pretty hard to find. Fourcornerstore.com had it for a while but have since run out. If you do feel you want to add a Gakkenflex to your toy camera collection, then you may yet have a chance.
Mijonju, of the most excellent toy camera blog circlerectangle, is giving one away to a lucky person who posts the best video response to his YouTube video, telling him why you want a Gakkenflex. So far only three entries have been submitted so you have more than a fighting chance. Here’s the video:
He also sells them, by the way, so if you don’t win, you can always order from him.