The Huazhong SFJ-3 is a Chinese-made twin lens reflex (TLR) camera made sometime from the 60’s to the 80’s. It is modeled after the Seagull 4B, and more generally the Rolleiflex.

It has shutter speeds up to 1/500 sec. and a maximum aperture of f/3.5. The focal length of the lens is 75mm. It’s simple, with few bells and whistles, but it seems solidly built. I’m looking forward to taking it for a spin.

It is a standard TLR with a waist level finder. It shoots either 6×6 or 6×4.5 size negatives thanks to a removable mask. The simple cocking and firing mechanism of the shutter still appears to be working at all speeds. The self timer also works.

It may not be fair to put the Huazhong side by side with the Rolleicord, but in many ways, I think it holds its own. You can obviously see similarities in construction. You can also see the differences. Considering the difference in price point, I am pleasantly surprised at the quality and appearance of the Huazhong. I am very interested to see how the images they make compare.

Once I am able to get a roll of film shot and developed I will post the results.

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