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Re: [Rollei] Introduction
Welcome to our group! You will find a large number of
enthusiastic newcomers as well as a few jaded regulars.
However we all seem to have fun talking and using Rolleis.
La Jolla, California
INMAN J S wrote:
> I have just joined this group, I have no idea how active it is so I'll
> post a brief introduction. I live in London and am an artist who
> now uses a lot of photography.
> I got into medium format photography ten years ago with a
> yashicamat. I still have and love that camera, but always wanted
> more. A few years ago I got a Rolleicord Va cheap, the focusing
> was stiff and that was the only reason it was half-price. I had not
> used it that much, but got good results, preffering to use the
> Yashicamat. Then last year I got a Mamiya M645. A wonderful
> and versatile camera, especially with the metered prism and
> 55mm lens, but I still craved a "real" Rollei with a nice square
> glass and all that. Finally, earlier this year, I forked out for a
> battered but otherwise perfectly working Rolleiflex 3.5F with a
> meter. I took it to Venice with me and got wonderful results
> except for those that had bad flare. (I suspect it is partly to do
> with Venice, the proportion of pictures with flare was higher than
> I'm used to. I managed to get a rubber hood, but am still looking for
> a metal one.
> Two weeks ago I saw a Rolleiflex 3.5E in Greenwich market
> going for £150. I decided to chance it as I'd bouight stuff off the
> guy before. it looked really sad when I bought it, dirty and
> neglected, but I spent last weekend cleaning it up the best I could.
> It was as if the machine was coming alive in my hands, and by
> the time I put film in it everything had that silky-smooth feel that I'd
> heard about the mechanics of Rolleis and had recently
> experienced with the 3.5F. I have not seen the results yet, will do
> so by the end of the week, but expect great things, the machine
> seems fairly perfect. Oh, and I got a leather case and scissor
> strap thrown in. Not bad for £150? Well, I can tell you next week!