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    Matsushita TLR camera?

    Hi,
    I have interested to start some medium format photography with a good not expensive TLR camera, if something good falls in hands, in fact after some reviews I've found on internet and here, many people claim that Minolta Autocord might be a great choice against its fellowship brands in the same level. Also I use Minolta slr and rangefinder, so obviously I would like to have a Minolta tlr too if is enough good.

    A seller yesterday offered me a Matsushita TLR camera.
    I asked him today to tell me the characteristics of the camera and to send me pictures, I hope he'll send me asap.
    On internet I couldn't find any information about this kind of camera, not even pictures, nothing.
    I just found that this brand has something with Panasonic.

    Does someone knows more about this brand, and its cameras, quality, imaging, reliability, price and other important aspects.

    thanx in advance.
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    Stevco,
    For whatever it is worth, let me say I have never heard of this brand TLR. Matsushita is, I believe, the parent company for Panasonic, National Panasonic, National, etc.
    John, Mount Vernon, Virginia USA

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anscojohn View Post
    Stevco,
    For whatever it is worth, let me say I have never heard of this brand TLR. Matsushita is, I believe, the parent company for Panasonic, National Panasonic, National, etc.
    That's right John, the founder of Panasonic was Mr. Matsushita.
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    I cant find where Matsushita has had anything to do with film or film cameras. I would be curious to see one myself.
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    My guess is that it's a misreading, perhaps by someone who knows the name Matsushita and let their brain jump to a familiar conclusion. I looked through a couple of lists of Japanese TLRs and couldn't find anything obviously similar, though I did find some pretty appealing names (I want an Elbowflex, just for the sake of the name).

    I suppose it could even be a spellchecker correction, come to think of it. Matsushita make enough computer parts (e.g., hard drives) that it wouldn't surprise me to find their name in a spellchecker's dictionary.

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    Thanx for the comments.

    I attached some photos that seller sent me.

    He also sent me some links where the same camera is called as Seagull, Chinesse to, a thing that i'm not impressed about.
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    Someone stuck those stickers on later to make it appear Japanese, not worth a lot.

    It's clearly a Seagull 4a, it may be OK but not great

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    Lot's of TLR's out there that are better. The Minolta, Yashicamat, Mamiya, Rollei (cord and flex). Find the right one and you'll be happy.

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    It's an old seagull, I would say leave it alone, there are better TLRs such as Rolleiflex and cord,Mkicrocord,Yashica Etc, Buy a known make second hand and you will get better service than even a new seagull,Richard

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    A Seagull, signed as made in Japan by Matsushita.

    Very, very strange indeed. Or did I overlook something?

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