The Seagull i owned was a perfectly fine copy of a Rolleicord.
I purchased it NEW on 1976, and i've used it extensively during a road trip from Italy to India (with lots of detours in between), i did on 1977.
Some of the best pictures i've ever done were taken with the Seagull, following sunny-16 rule, or with the aid of a separate selenium meter.
I won't forget how inconvenient and heavy it was, especially during horse rides around Bamyan and Bhand-i-Amir lakes (still remember the camera thumping against my chest, when my poor horse-riding skills soccumbed to the free will of the animal )
If i have to be absolutely sincere, i think that my two best pictures were actually taken during that trip in Afghanist, with the Seagull TLR: one is a portrait of two falconeers with their falcons, and the other.... well, the other is a double exposure done by mistake
I enlarged the two pictures quite a bit, and the quality of the honest f/3.5 tessar copy proved up to the task.
Of course my example had none of the problem reported in other posts.
Not better than a Rolleicord, but on par with other cheap copies made in EU and Japan (and i mean CHEAP, the Yashica 124-G i purchased years later was way better, albeit not as lucky - it was stolen from my house before proving all its worth).
If somebody got curious about the whereabouts of my chinese camera:
it was sold shortly after, only to be substituted by another "communist" camera.
For my second trip to Pakistan, India and Nepal, that took over 6 months, i purchased a Leica copy from a russian jew in Rome.
It was a brand new Fed 5 (with the olympic stamp), with a set of 35mm, 50mm and 85mm.
I wanted a camera that i could afford to break or loose... and with some sort of internal meter.
BTW, not a single picture came out as good as the best ones i shot with the Seagull!
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