Rolling out the Rollei


I’ve had my slightly battered Rolleiflex 3.5F since the late 1980’s, the slow shutter speeds eventually started sticking so took it in to be CLA’d in 2008, and have never used it since. Thought it was about time to give it a test run. Found a roll of Ilford Delta 400 (expired 2006) and quickly shot some images with it around the garden on Friday. Developed it Friday evening in some Adox FX39, (just enough in the bottle) and let it dry overnight.

The images aren’t anything special, just wanted to know if everything was working as it should.

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With Rolleinar II closeup lens.

It was extremely bright and sunny on Friday (still is) so the lighting was really harsh.

Blackberry Flowers
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With Rolleinar II closeup lens in a dark part of the garden.

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With Rolleinar II closeup lens in a dark part of the garden.

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With Rolleinar II closeup lens in a dark part of the garden.

Fleur (Do Not Disturb)
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Every time I moved in close to take a photo she decided to move !

Me & My Shadow with some Timber
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Everything seems to be working fine with the camera, and considering how out of date the film was I’m quite pleased with the results. Out with the PhotoBuddies on Thursday so I might take it along with some fresh film.


17 thoughts on “Rolling out the Rollei

  1. LensScaper

    It must be nearly thirty years since my last darkroom work was done. There was always something special about watching an image materialise in the developing tray. I still love the B&W medium but I’m glad to be no longer breathing fixer fumes or spending an afternoon and having just three or four prints to show for the time spent. Still have the enlarger, however, packed away in a box somewhere! That camera can still deliver the goods – nice images.

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    1. conspicari Post author

      It’s been a long time since I made any darkroom prints, it’s digital scanning for me now, yes the heady aroma of fixer solution took a bit of getting used to.


  2. denisebushphoto

    I like the dark feeling of Blackberry Flowers, Berries and Rose. I can still hear my B&W photography professor saying ‘darker, darker’ when we emerged from the dark room to show him newly developed prints!

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  3. juergen61

    Very old school 🙂 40 years ago i learned on a Rollei SL 66 (looks like the Hasselblad) and my boss still used a Rolleiflex, not fast enough for a photo job but very good for free projects …He had an eye on this camera and i never got it in my hand…so take care ! ( your b/w photos are great , indeed )
    Best regards, Jürgen

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