View Full Version : Just got my new (old) Rolleiflex
I can't wait to take pictures with it.
$170 for a 3.5 Opton-Tessar Rolleifex fully functional
I think I got a good deal! :D
I'd say you did... How's the focusing screen? Ain't it glorious?
nice job, congrats...it's hip to be square.
Rolleiflexes are absolutly fantastic!
I used to have an old Yashicaflex and the difference is obvious. I will got my test roll this afternoon. Just checking that the focus is accurate and here I come!
TLRs are very good for portraiture: people doesn't act like if you were pointing a gun to them. They look far more natural and good composition is easier to get.
In fact, I think that the principal reason to get a Rollei, is for the marvelous Tessar lens. Only four elements and still one of the best lens in the world.
Think about this: 1000$ for a very good dSLR lens, or 200$ for a complete camera with a Tessar... or a bit more for a Planar.
Thanks for the different perspective. Never thought about it quite like that. I got mine from my best friend's widow for the discounted price of $125 on the condition that I sell Bert's OM-1, OM-2 collection for her.
So the price was right.
I have that same camera and you're going to be astounded by the quality!
I have a 50s something MX Automat with a 3.5 Tessar. I use it most with the Rolleikin attachment that lets you use 35mm film. Great for portraits... just like having a medium telephoto on a 35mm.
The large negatives are nice too for certain things.
I am thinking of getting a brighter screen.
I've never actually understood the logic of the Rolleikin. To me it seems as if the only reason to shoot 35mm in a Rollei is in order to get 36 exposures before changing film. Assuming most Rollei owners also have a high quality 35mm camera, what's the point?
I just got my test roll. Everything is perfect. No focusing problems and the images are sharp and crisp.
By the way, I have made some calculations: 6x6 film scanned with an epson 4890 at 200$ gives you 110 megapixels... Much more than you need. Anyway the film cannot get to that precision. So why get an expensive dSLR set? I have a Pentax dSLR and it is usefull for certain things (120 film is expensive) but for precision, I think my old Rolleiflex will do the job!
easyrider (sounds like a George Lucas film ;) how good is the Rolleikin? Most people say it's totally worthless, but after all, it sounds quite attractive..
I own a Rolleiflex3.5 and recently just got a Rolleikin only for fun.
I agree that it is kind of worthless. However, I enjoy installing it.
I still have some problem about the counting knob, can anyone who own Rolleikin
help me on my issue? Below is the link I posted.
I'd say that the rolleikin can be usefull for portraiture, but I don't think that you should buy a 6x6 camera to do 35mm... get a rangefinder instead. I am totaly sold to medium format, it is such a pleasure to work with!
I agree with Kristopher. It's like buying a Volkswagen Passat and then disconnecting two of the spark plug wires.
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