Tag Archives: Rolleiflex 3.5f

Looking For Some Wheels

03-11-18

Can’t believe it was May 2015 when my car was totalled this is the longest I’ve been without a car since I passed my driving test in 1973. Spent the last few days trawling the internet car sale sites, I don’t want to spend lots of money as the car will have to stand on the road, but it needs to be good enough to take me over to France next year to see my friends.

The main reasons for wanting another car is to get the cats easily to the vets for their annual vaccinations, and Fleur needs her teeth cleaning. Also I want to get out and about more with my cameras to different locations, having being spurred on by some old negatives I found from the Rolleiflex the other week.

Lathkill Dale – Derbyshire
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Konica ir750 infrared film.

100 percent crop from the above.
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Portmeirion – North Wales
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Kodak Tri-X
Where they filmed The Prisoner TV series.

Barry Island – South Wales – Steam Engine Graveyard
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This is a really old one from the 1980’s. Fortunately most of the Steam Engines were rescued and can be seen running on the many preserved railways around the UK.

Well back to searching the internet for a car. Have a great weekend.

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Rolleiflex and a Coot

06-7-18

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I was out with my PhotoBuddies at Abbey Park (last week) it was so bright and hot we decided to adjourn to the tea room for large ice creams. I did managed to get a few images though. It almost looks like the Coot is walking on snow, but it was a covering of duckweed on a pond in the Park.

I used some expired (2006) Ilford HP5+ for this shot and developed it in Kodak D76 1-1.

Rolling out the Rollei

25-06-18

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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.

Lavender 
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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.

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

Rose
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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.

Reminiscing with the Rolleiflex

I have been slowly sorting out the spare bedroom at home. It was my B&W darkroom for a while until I got the digital photography bug, I’m now finding myself drifting enjoyably back to film photography. I keep getting dreadfully waylaid when sifting through the stuff that I’ve put away in that spare room.  One of the items that caught my attention was an old negative file of 6x6cm negs from my Rolleiflex 3.5, that then got me to thinking of how I came to be the owner of the Rollei.

My Printroom (mid 1980’s)
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I worked at a large electrical engineering company as Reprographics Manager during the best part of the 1980’s. I can see in the photograph above a Xerox 9400 copier (state of the art at that time) a Victory Kidder guillotine and Kodak Verilith platemaker, both quite old hat but they did the job. The Rolleiflex was the go to camera for staff leaving do’s, presentations, and passport photo’s. It had had a hard life, so the decision was made to replace all of the camera equipment in the photographic department with new state of the art gear. From memory that included a Mamiya RB67, Mamiya c330 (Rollei replacement) ToyoView 5″x 4″ camera and a DeVere 504 enlarger. So the Rollei came up for grabs, and my senior manager asked me if I would like to buy it for £5, well I bit his hand off, and thats how I got my lovely Rolleiflex.

Some of the bits that came with the Rollei
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I was (very much so in the 1980’s) and still am learning about photography. I couldn’t wait to try the camera out, it was a totally different experience from the Zenith E that I had at the time !!!!

Sir Nigel Gresley (1985) Stratford upon Avon
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I only know what date this was by looking up the information on the web. It was January 1985. But I can remember that the weather was cold, dull, and misty.

North Devon (1985)
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Leicestershire nr Whitwick (1989)
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The Cosmos Fisheye attachment (1990)
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I think thats the top of my head in upper part of the frame !

My Meopta Enlarger
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The Meopta enlarger is still set up in the spare room gathering dust and cobwebs, I plan on starting to print some of my images later this year.

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I will have to read this excellent book by the late Gene Nocon again before I start dunking paper into chemicals.

About 5 years ago I had the Rollei CLA’d as the slow shutter speeds were sticky, so I think it’s time to start using it once more.

Bryce 2001* It was 1992 !!!!!

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Really enjoyed the visit to Bryce Canyon, this photo is from 2001* 1992 on my first trip to the USA. Took this shot on my old Rolleiflex 3.5f on colour neg film.

*I can’t believe I thought it was 2001, checked my passport and it was 1992.

Totalled Car, Public Transport, and Old Negs

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This was my lovely old passat after a car swiped the front of it, then demolishing a lamp post before finally coming to an abrupt halt by the garden wall of the house next door, fortunately no one was hurt. I certainly wasn’t as I was quietly dozing on the sofa in the backroom of my house at the time ! The insurance company said it would be uneconomical to repair my car so I am now looking for a replacement, not an easy task with what I am prepared/want to pay to be mobile again.

I have never been a great fan of public transport (but needs must now) and as I have attained a certain age I qualify for a travel card which gives me free off peak bus journeys in the city area.
So off I went this morning by bus to the other side of town to have a look at a car I had spotted online, was not that impressed with the car so back to the bus stop where a young women was also waiting, I asked her if this was the stop for going back into town, we struck up a bit of a conversation and she told me she was on her way back from art therapy which was helping her get over depression, I told her that photography kept me occupied now that I wasn’t working (by choice) and being creative certainly helped me keep my spirits up. When I got off the bus I got a lovely smile and a wave from the young women. The bus for the last part of the trip home had a lot of old age pensioners aboard, I guess Thursday must be pension day, they all seemed to be having a good time and were really enjoying their journey. Maybe bus travel isn’t so bad ?

Photina TLR

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I bought the Photina secondhand from a local camera shop more than 20 years ago, only used it a couple of times.
When I scanned in this old negative I was amazed at the detail the lens on this humble camera had picked up.

Rolleiflex 3.5f

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I took this image about 20 years ago on the Isle of Eigg (west coast of Scotland), it wasn’t ideal weather for infrared but it came out ok. Again viewed at 100% the amount of detail is incredible.

Both of these TLRs will certainly be out and about with me again.