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Rollei 35 - one year
Old 08-21-2010   #1
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Rollei 35 - one year

In the last few weeks I thought a lot about my photography. All that changing of cameras, lenses and films, the change between digital and film, all that gives many technical opportunities, but is often frustrating. I´m a person that is mostly afraid to have the wrong gear with me.
So on August, the 14th I closed my camera cabinet and gave myself the advice to use my Rollei 35 exclusively for one year. (For the case the Rollei should break I plan to carry a backup camera, but as long as the Rollei works the backup will not be used)
I am planning to shoot only Polypan F at 50 ASA, stand developed in APH09.
For posting the pictures of this year I created a new blog:
http://rollei-35.tumblr.com

Lets see where this journey will bring me!

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Old 08-21-2010   #2
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You want to shoot all the year with a scale focus camera, and a 50 ISO film ? Either you plan to use heavy tripod, or you live on the moon.
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Old 08-21-2010   #3
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I really like your work, Zeno. Good shooting with the Rollei !
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Old 08-21-2010   #4
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I've bookmarked your blog. You're one of my favorites here on RFF!
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I am also looking forward seeing your photos of this project ! I still have some rolls of this film in the freezer, hopefully I get some inspiration !
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I used my rollie 35 as my only camera for about 3 years.....I took the thing on a one year backpacking trip across Europe.....I never even thought about bringing a back-up....(I didn't have one).......Should be fun to see the work that you produce in the next year....I salute you....

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Great photographs on your Blog. I have liked your work every since I joined RFF. I am sure you will do a great job with this. - Jim
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Old 08-21-2010   #8
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You've picked a great camera to do this with. I've had my Rollei 35 since the early '80's and it has never let me down. Mostly I used it for slides and the meter was always accurate enough. It was only recently that I moved into Leicaland but return periodically to the compactness and simplicity of the Rollei. I like the sharpness and contrast of your B&W photos - I must try slower film and put more effort into scanning. Thanks for sharing your work.

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Go get 'em, Zeno. You are already putting up some fine gallery shots with your tiny kit ...
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Old 08-21-2010   #11
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Keep us updated as you go... The R35 is a gem of a camera.
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Old 08-21-2010   #12
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Splendid! Like Rogrund, I've also bookmarked your Rollei site.

Whenever I think of doing this, I imagine that it'll feel like going on vacation -- getting rid of a whole big bunch of stress (by taking the gear decisions out of the process).
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I really like the blog, very nice. The one camera choice will be kind of liberating I imagine, though I really enjoy switching cameras on occasion, keeps me fresh and thinking.

That little camera is going to be an extension of your brain by the time you're done, enjoy!
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Old 08-21-2010   #14
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A Rollei 35 S was my one and only 35mm camera for nearly 10 years in the 1980's. When I lost my mind and went 100% digital a few years back, the ONLY film camera I didn't sell was the Rollei.

Good luck Zeno. A very cool project.
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I bookmarked your blog. I'm a fan of Rollei 35 and I like your photos, so this is going to be enjoyable!
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Old 08-21-2010   #16
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I feel your pain. Going through loads of cameras and lenses I find myself very comfortable with 40/2.8 lens, with scale focus (Yashica Electro 35 MC).

I just would exercise shutters and controls of idle cameras - year is along time. That also involves some risk of loading one...
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A camera is not a limit, but ISO50 for anywhere anytime anylight? A whole year? Are you sure it isn't a thing called masoquism? Don't take me seriously, I just shoot too much 3200 and 400 under direct sun...

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Old 08-22-2010   #18
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nice work. I will be watching the blog for additions.

We are all to gear oriented and think we need every lens. The young digidal people are worse thinking they need every single focal in a zoom lens collection.
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Old 08-22-2010   #19
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Some nice shots already! I am slowly coming to similar decision.. Your choice of camera seems wise to me - it is an utterly simple tool..
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Thank you all for your encouraging words!

I choose the Rollei 35 because it is sexy, works without battery, small, silent and a high quality tool. Many of my cameras have some of these features, but no other has everyone. And be sure, sexy was not the least important feature for me!
I choose the Polypan F because I have the experience of more than 400 rolls with this film and it is dirt cheap!
I have exposure/developing tests up to 800 ASA with this film, but the best negatives for my vision are the 50 ASA/stand developed ones.
The fact that the film has only 50 ASA and the lens only 3,5 - well, it has been done before; the first Leica shooters had the same or worse conditions to deal with. In fact, this was another reason to choose this combination.
(In 2005/2006 I shot pinhole for nearly one year, I´m quite sure to find ways to stabilize the camera without a tripod.)
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You want to shoot all the year with a scale focus camera, and a 50 ISO film ? Either you plan to use heavy tripod, or you live on the moon.
My initial reaction was similar to mfogiel's, but then I took a look at your blog with your results so far. Mighty nice!
I think you would run into problems with taking pictures of people indoors/evening, but then again judging from your pictures so far this is not what interests you photographically. Or you would find a way to pull that off, too.

But you would have a very good reason (excuse) to get yourself another Rollei, maybe a black one this time :-), for use with 400 speed film :-)

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I use my 28 3.5 with Efke 25... No problem with natural light...

But I have better options for low light: I don't get any benefit pushing my film four stops (only IQ loss) just to "use one film only"... Why push regularly instead of using another film? (I mean, photographically...) 50 at 800 is not a push but a gross underexposure... I mean you're not worse if you use a second film... Not better if you use just one film either...

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Yesterday I visited a Zoo with my family. Shot a roll and started to change film, during the change I managed to drop my Rollei!
One meter, on concrete! It hit the ground with the upper front corner right above the finder and rolled over the lens onto the backside. I had the back removed for changing film.
So, that was my project, I thought. I must have made a "loud" scream, because my wife and my son came to me really fast.
I lifted the camera and checked the speeds and apertures, all worked. Surprise, hope and some sort of xxx feeling! The I loaded a film, transport worked! I shot three other rolls and the developing was sort of a thrill!
To make it short, my Rollei seems OK! The top housing has a small dent above the finder, but that´s all. The show will go on!
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Glad to hear the 35 survived the fall!
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Old 09-07-2010   #25
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Those are some very nice shots there. The film looks really interesting. It might be my next project once I run out of PlusX.
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The R35s are durable cameras, but I swear the metal used on them were of tin. My old 35S had plenty of little dimples not from being dropped, but just the usual knocks it would take when worn around my wrist... continued to work for 5 years before I sold it though.
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Big news and good that the rollei survived! I like the consistent look of the images on your blog and am curious how you will manage to get through the dark half of the year with ISO 50.
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Unrelated, I noticed recently an ad on this site where there were two cameras being sold:
-Sigma DP1
-Rollei 35
Guess which camera was 50$ more expensive and sold first?
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Just had a closer look at your blog and I must say, the rollei does not seem to limit your style in any way, quite on the contrary!
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Zeno,

I tried leaving some comments on your blog, but for some reason it kept telling me there was "invalid characters". Do I need to register or some such?

In any case, just wanted to say that II look forward to seeing the year unfold on your blog. The Rollei is a great choice for this year-long experiment ... of course, I suspect you could make compelling images with a 110 camera with a coke bottle lens!
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Old 09-10-2010   #31
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Kevin, thank you for your encouraging words. Comments on my blog are for registered blogger users only. I f you don´t want to register, feel free to post comments here.

I started my photgraphic journey in 1976 (?) with this
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You see, shooting with coke bottle lenses is not new for me ;-)
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Hah! Perfect -- gotta love those 110 cameras. I think the only camera I ever used that was worse than my mom's 110 was the (thankfully) short lived "Disc Camera"!

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Kevin, thank you for your encouraging words. Comments on my blog are for registered blogger users only. I f you don´t want to register, feel free to post comments here.

I started my photgraphic journey in 1976 (?) with this
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You see, shooting with coke bottle lenses is not new for me ;-)
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I have some wild plans to get me old disc films and reload them with sheet film; unfortunately most of the cameras seem to have dead batteries that can be changed not easily.
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That sounds like a form of self-inflicted torture! (I credit disc cameras for killing my childhood interest in photography ... though my dad's endless slide shows of sunsets may have contributed too...) I'm kidding of course.

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I really like your work, Zeno. Good shooting with the Rollei !
Could't AGREE MORE w/Roland !!
Adore your Work....Great Inspiration
The Rollei's are TRES SEXY indeed
Is it a Sonnar or a Tessar ?

50 asa , 3.5..... To Hell w/Following The Crowd'
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Thank you Helen, your words are highly appreciated!
TRES SEXY is the right term, especially the sound of the transport lever!
My camera is the Tessar type.
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I've always liked your work and your unique way of seeing the world - and I much appreciate the comments you have made from time to time. I've bookmarked your blog and look forward to seeing your Rollei journey (hopefully without further mishap!)
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Hi Zeno - I just wanted to say that I've been following the photoblog of your project and am enjoying the photos you've been posting.

Question: How easy do you find it to use the Rollei 35 indoors, or in lower light settings where you'd be more likely to be shooting wide open?
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I have a Rollei 35 ... somewhere, not here, it's currently in the hands of a friend who wonders why I don't pick it up!

I think they are one of the world's most dented cameras ... good luck as you go Petronius and I'm sure you will continue to turn out inspired work no matter what camera you use.

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Thank you for your encouraging words Keith! Your friend is lucky to have a friend who gives him a Rollei 35!
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