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Re: [Rollei] Cameras and People, peripheral to PJC's remarks.
- Subject: Re: [Rollei] Cameras and People, peripheral to PJC's remarks.
- From: Jeffery Smith <jls >
- Date: Sat, 17 May 2003 18:00:24 -0500
Where this was the most true for me was with the Contax G2. Horrible first
3 or 4 rolls. Then something clicks.
At 06:36 PM 5/17/2003 -0400, you wrote:
>I got my first 2.8F (and first Rollei) in 1971. Until then I'd shot only
>Leica rangefinders for 15 years or so.
>I thought "Wow.. just think of the negatives I'm gonna get from this thing".
>Well, I shot two rolls and was convinced that the camera was TERRIBLY
>overrated. Nothing was sharp, even though I'd focused carefully and held
>the camera steady (I thought).
>I believe it was the third roll when I somehow got it right.. maybe the
>fourth.. but there they were.. images that WERE tack sharp.
>Basically, I've had some sort of similar experience every time I've tried
>to use a camera configured differently than I am used to. The first few
>rolls are disappointing, then somehow, I think subconciously, you adapt to
>the configuration, and the results improve.
>I don't do the sort of follow-pan shot that PJC gave as an example, but
>I'm pretty sure that the use of a pistol grip and a prism, or even the
>frame finder (with prefocus) would allow good results. Personally, if I
>wanted to do that style with a medium format camera, I'd probably go for
>the baby crown graphic, and use the frame finder.