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Old 08-30-2018   #281
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Hmmm...

With that much HP5+ film coming in, I may be better off ordering a Heliopan ND filter.

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ...01&Density=1.2

Then I can shoot the BR more like my Hassy! Think moving water. Moving clouds.
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Old 09-16-2018   #282
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Autumn is here... and I have no color Film for the BR, only a ton of B/W film.

I have a lot of expired 120 Provia 100, Portra 160 and Ektachrome, though. Time to slit, cut and roll. Now I just need the time and energy. Or hire someone to do it for me...

In the meantime, I am preparing for a day trip next month which is a big deal for us. It has been three years since we have been anywhere, let alone back to the land of our ancestors, The Smokies and Appalachia. Color film seems appropriate with the tiny BR tucked in somewhere in the picnic basket.

A babbling brook, a picnic basket, acoustic guitar, and a bottle of sparkling cider.

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A babbling brook, a picnic basket, acoustic guitar, and a bottle of sparkling cider.

It sounds very good !
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I want to test the shutter speeds on my Gray Baby, but cannot figure out how to cock the shutter with the back open and no film in place. Another reason to use the shutter with the back open is to look though the taking lens in Bulb mode. Is there a way to do that?

Edit: Nevermind. The hood has to be open to release the shutter. That works.
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Baby Rolleiflex, Shanghai GP3 film, Rodinal 1:50

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Some recent Rollei work - had some trouble with the dreaded plastic spool issue! Should not have use one but that's all I had and sure enough it made the advance screw up on my camera Only 8 frames (out of 12). Hoping I didn't break anything... Here's a few of the good ones:








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cassel,

Like the color work you're doing with this camera. What film were you using?

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Kodak Gold 200 - mid 1990s vintage but well-stored. I usually shoot it at 100...I only have SIX rolls left and tend to use it for special occasions.
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Kodak Gold 200 - mid 1990s vintage but well-stored. I usually shoot it at 100...I only have SIX rolls left and tend to use it for special occasions.

Wow! Those are amazing.... I was going to guess it was an E-6 transparency film!

I haven't shot with my Baby Rolleiflex in a few months. I keep being plagued with a film flatness issue. Almost as is the film has a buckle or a bubble right in the middle of the frame. It happened a couple times with the pre-made Rera Pan film, and has happened a few times recently with my custom 127 films. I got really annoyed when a roll of Provia slide film came back with the issue happening on about 5 or 6 frames out of 12.... On a roll that cost me $26 for processing! Now we're talking real money...

I should post an example or two! Its annoying.
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Very nice!!'

I am awaiting our first local car show of 2019 to do something similar.
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Wow! Those are amazing.... I was going to guess it was an E-6 transparency film!

I haven't shot with my Baby Rolleiflex in a few months. I keep being plagued with a film flatness issue. Almost as is the film has a buckle or a bubble right in the middle of the frame. It happened a couple times with the pre-made Rera Pan film, and has happened a few times recently with my custom 127 films. I got really annoyed when a roll of Provia slide film came back with the issue happening on about 5 or 6 frames out of 12.... On a roll that cost me $26 for processing! Now we're talking real money...

I should post an example or two! Its annoying.

I too, occasionally have film flatness issues It´s hard to pin point when and why it happens - Sometimes it´s the scan, not the actual negative. Mechanical alignment of everything seems to have very tight tolerances - right? It is expensive to trouble shoot with film on these....

But, they are fun when they work I´m going to shoot some Rera Pan 100 as my next attempt and NEVER EVER again use a modern plastic spool as the take-up!
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I haven't shot with my Baby Rolleiflex in a few months. I keep being plagued with a film flatness issue. Almost as is the film has a buckle or a bubble right in the middle of the frame. It happened a couple times with the pre-made Rera Pan film, and has happened a few times recently with my custom 127 films. I got really annoyed when a roll of Provia slide film came back with the issue happening on about 5 or 6 frames out of 12.... On a roll that cost me $26 for processing! Now we're talking real money...

I should post an example or two! Its annoying.

I had film flatness issues sometimes with my grey 4x4 Rolleiflex and Efke R100. I think it has to do with the camera and not the film used.
However, I have never had these issues with my 1938 4x4 Rolleiflex.


The post-war 4x4 Rolleiflex has an "improved" pressure plate, and I think that's where the problem lies. The springs could be too stiff and may need some exercise.
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That's interesting- thanks for posting that
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From forum member Enasniearth, I bought an original (1932-vintage) 4x4 Rolleiflex. It shows a lot of "patina" from many decades of use but it works almost as good as new! So I have become part of the small RFF club of pre- and post-war Baby Rollie owners. The camera is older than my mother!

This is with Kodak Ektar 100:

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Nice work as usual!


Really like these cameras - i have two shot rolls awaiting development and a third that is nearly done in the camera. FUN
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Thanks! This is such a fun camera to use. Both of them, actually. I need to post a pic of them both together. This new (old) Rollei is a real looker!



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Delta 100 in the 1932 Baby Rolleiflex:

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An old one and one not-so-old.

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Hey Charles,

Like the stuff you're posting here. So that 1932 model, everything still functioning correctly? It looks really beat, but I guess if I had been born in 1932 I'd look really beat too.

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What's most interesting, is that a lot of that "patina" has come from what must've been many decades of use. There are shiny spots in the leatherette, for example, where one's fingers would naturally rub while operating the cameras controls. Example: where the thumb would rub while operating the focusing knob. The leather there is worn and shiny. Makes me wonder if some working pro used it for some many thousands of rolls of film!

That said, however, it has some quirks. The big one involves the viewing lens: The image on the ground glass can't be relied on for focusing. Either the lens or the ground glass is out of adjustment. But fortunately I can set focus by using the distance marks on the knob, even close ones like a couple of meters. Its accurate.
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I have shot this sign a million times. This time, with the 1932 Baby Rolleiflex. Kodak Ektar 100 film.

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I used to occasionally go in this alley to take photos against the wall back there. Guess they want me to stay out now!

Gray 1957 Baby Rolleiflex, Ilford Delta 100, Rodinal 1:50

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Been a year since I updated the progress with the Baby...
Here's some summer shots with the Kodak Gold 200. I really like this camera and I plan to shoot with it more in 2020...I feel like some of my strongest work is SQUARE Happy I didn't mess anything up using a plastic spool.













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Here's a few more from 2019 - ReraPan 100 this time










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Set to shoot more film with the Baby in 2020... but yesterday I shot a roll of B&W 400 and I'm concerned that the shutter was not working properly
I suspect that sitting on the shelf unused for a while and it got "sticky". The clue was when I had a slow shutter speed and it did not sound correct...after shooting the whole roll, I was able to fire the shutter and it seemed fine but only after a wide open shot and a little "practice".

Not sure it was opening at high speeds/small aperture

I have a lot of 127 film to shoot this year - can't afford an erratic shutter- I will send in this one roll but I need a careful plan here...

Another camera? A CLA? Ideas?
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I have the Yashica 44 that was almost a direct copy of the Baby - It's a great littler TLR too; wish I could use it more but as has been said here the film is expensive enough to make it a very occasional shooter.
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Here's a few more from 2019 - ReraPan 100 this time

Love these pics
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When I was 18 and in the Air Force, I saw a gray baby Rollei in the base exchange for $65.00. I still wish I had bought it. It just looked so cool! If 127 film were more available, I would probably buy one now. I know there is someone out there re-sizing film for 127 spools. But I imagine the choices may be a bit limited.
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Good thread.

I wish we could still get 127 super slides. If that were possible, I would be all over one of these.

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Set to shoot more film with the Baby in 2020... but yesterday I shot a roll of B&W 400 and I'm concerned that the shutter was not working properly
I suspect that sitting on the shelf unused for a while and it got "sticky". The clue was when I had a slow shutter speed and it did not sound correct...after shooting the whole roll, I was able to fire the shutter and it seemed fine but only after a wide open shot and a little "practice".

Not sure it was opening at high speeds/small aperture

I have a lot of 127 film to shoot this year - can't afford an erratic shutter- I will send in this one roll but I need a careful plan here...

Another camera? A CLA? Ideas?
Having the same issue. Mine sat for a little over a year, and when I got it out a few weeks ago, thinking about using it while visiting family over the holidays, the shutter started acting up. Got it working properly again, but now I'm not trusting it. I too have a passel of film sitting in the freezer I was hoping to get to this year.

Great little cameras, when they work.

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Timmyjoe is the shutter acting up at all speeds, or just the slow ones?
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I'm very stubborn about such things - I don't mind spending a bit of time/money to sort this out. I feel like my best work the last year or so has been on 127 film... I have a Yashica D but I just dont like the bigger TLR size

I'm going to get another camera or two and/or fix/CLA my Rollei!
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Besides, I have about 40 rolls of 127 to shoot
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I've got the film too... I just need this non-stop dark and gloomy weather to end. I like winter, but bleak thick dark clouds don't do anything for me photographically.


My gray Baby sometimes has focusing issues and I have tentatively decided maybe if the paper backing is a little too wide it creates a buckle as it moves through the film plane and results in the center of the photo being out of focus. So to combat that I have cut some slightly-narrow backing paper for my next roll. My fingers are crossed. My 1932 Baby doesn't have this issue at all, but that may be because the film rails are different.
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Timmyjoe is the shutter acting up at all speeds, or just the slow ones?
None of the shutter speeds are spot on, they're all a little slow, but I can live with that since I know what they are.

What acted up is a few (about 3) times when I was winding the camera, the shutter wouldn't cock. Then it started working fine again. So I'm having an issue with trusting it to load up a roll of film.

I've only got about a dozen rolls of 127 cassel, so you got me beat.

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I love the Baby Rolleiflex format. I just picked up the FCK127 film slitter to convert 120 rolls to 127. The process was very easy, but I'll have to see what the actual results are like.
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Just bought a Sawyer's Mark IV to try
It won't necessarily replace the Rollei - which I think is OK but not sure it is completely reliable without cleaning the shutter blades...
Just gives me 127 TLR options along with f2.8 Topcor lens and crank wind
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