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Seagull 4A103

Discussion in 'Other Brands & Accessories' started by Wilwahabri, Jul 14, 2019.

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  1. Wilwahabri

    Wilwahabri Member

    I have a Seagul 4A103 camera and I am trying to date it. I know the history of Seagull stating with the Shanghai 4, but the closest I have come to a reliable date is the 70's. I would like to establish the period for which it was produced.
    Mine has an SA-91 viewing lens and an SA-92 taking lens and the name is written in Chinese on the top plate. It doesn't take bad photos considering it's heritage.
     
  2. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    It's ages since I heard of them. Wiki is a bit thin, unusual for a camera. AP has probably discussed them somewhere in the vintage camera section. Did you try searching the site/forums?
     
  3. Benchista

    Benchista Which Tyler

    ISTR that the 103 was on sale in the 80s, and possibly 90s. I know I had a Practical Photography review of that particular model, probably early 90s, but I suspect I threw it out last year during a tidy-up.

    If it helps to date it, the review was in the period when PP printed half their stuff on grey paper.
     
  4. Wilwahabri

    Wilwahabri Member

    There have been a number of iterations, 103, 107 and 109 to my knowledge. not sure if they are still in production, but think they may have ceased in about 2009 with the 109 version.
     
  5. SXH

    SXH Well-Known Member

    According to Camera-wiki.org, "A most thorough research on the Chinese camera production was carried out by resident Douglas St Denny. He travelled across the vast country during the second half of the 1980s interviewing people there and collecting information which otherwise soon would have been lost. His book "Cameras of the People’s Republic of China" is invaluable for anyone studying this topic."

    Though as it was published by Jessop Specialist Publishing in 1989, it may be difficult to get hold of. And probably turn out not to be as helpful as you would like.
     
  6. Andrew Flannigan

    Andrew Flannigan Well-Known Member

  7. Benchista

    Benchista Which Tyler

    Indeed. It was the 103 model I had the review for - heaven only knows how I can remember that, when I can't ever remember what I've left a room to do... ;)
     
  8. spinno

    spinno Well-Known Member

    sometimes I don't even reach the door....:eek::D
     
  9. El_Sid

    El_Sid Well-Known Member

    I often manage to remember what I left the room to do...but only after coming back into the room having done something completely different...:eek:
     
  10. Wilwahabri

    Wilwahabri Member

    I have St Denny's book, it is one page per camera 33% of which is a photograph and does not delve into the finer production history. Nonetheless it is useful
     
  11. Wilwahabri

    Wilwahabri Member

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