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REVIEW: Phenix 205

Posted by Bengt Köhler Sandberg 2013-09-14

Phenix 205

This camera can also have the name Seagull 205


Lens: Phenix 50mm f/2.8
Closest Focus: 0.8m (2.6ft)
Aperture: f/2.8 - f/22
5 bladed aperure
Shutter: 1/300 to 1s + B (Bulb)
Leaf shutter
Light meter: None
Battery: None
Flash: Yes, PC sync connection
Weight: 675g

Coupled rangefinder

Takes 135 film
24×36 mm negative size.


A great one which have good size and brightness

Rangefinder that is easy to read.

Image quality

Analogue B&W film

Phenix 205
Phenix 205
Phenix 205
Phenix 205
Phenix 205
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Phenix 205
Phenix 205

Flare / Backlight
Phenix 205
Phenix 205

Build quality

All metal and solid as a rock.
The feel of the camera is for the most part very good.
One exception could maybe be the film advance lever which I feel is a bit to stiff and springy at the end.
Phenix 205


Nice rangefinder which is all manual and all mechanical!
It have for the most part nice feel plus great build quality.
Does also look quite nice which is always a nice plus.

It is quite easy to operate but I do find the setting rings on the lens to be in a little odd order.
And it did happen one or two times that I turned the shutter instead of the focus in the beginning.
But this is something one quite easily gets used to.
The aperture ring also have little space between the shutter and focus ring.
This makes it quite easy to change the focus or shutter by accident when you turn this.

Image quality is also fairly nice and sharp.
Renders very well with good contrast, bokeh and flare.
You do however have some corner softness and it gets a little soft wide open.

Thumbs up:
Build quality, look and feel
Image quality, renders, bokeh and flare

Thumbs down:
Corner softness at bigger apertures
Bit soft wide open

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