I have a Seagull 4B-1 (I assume, everything else is in Chinese).and it is actually a fairly good design. Very simple, very easy to use. Has a cocking lever to set the shutter, and uses the red window and knob arrangement to advance the film. Very little to go wrong. Sadly, questionable build quality means stuff may go wrong. The focus on mine is pretty out of alignment, to the point the camera doesn't close, and the leatherette is peeling quite badly. Other than that it works flawlessly.
Good camera to introduce someone to MF with.
If it doesn't scare them away!
I do use a digital device in my photographic pursuits when necessary.
When someone rags on me for using film, I use a middle digit, upraised.
Yeah, a back that won't close and focus that's out is not a good introduction to medium format. I paid $150 for my Yashicamat 124. Better introduction to MF IMHO.
Sorry, let me rephrase that better. The case will not close around the camera, and the lensboard/whatever it is correctly called will not close to the body. I can't at the moment focus on anything more than 20 meters away.
The actual back closes and locks fine, it even has a small latch that needs to be held in to rotate the lock, which is a feature even my rollei lacks.
For the cost of 'almost nothing' I have gotten more out of it than I paid for it.
Good design on paper, could be good if made well, bad camera because they weren't made well.
Holga, spawn of satan. Those cheesy, easily bent tin clips that hold the back on also attach to the neck strap so when (and they will) the clip gives out you also get to experience your camera falling open at your feet and your film rolling off into the sunset. I have left my share of broken Holgas in trash cans in some very scenic areas.
Those new 617 format Holgas are sure tempting, but I'll resist.