Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Rollei 35

Shame on me: Stephen Gillette made me want to have a Rollei 35, so I bought one on eBay. Lucky for me I don't care about how it works, and the meter does not work, so I got it much cheaper than it normally is.

In case you've never seen one, it's tiny, like a pack of cigarettes. But full 35mm quality, and great lens.


Isn't it beautiful?
I wonder if it is also beautiful to people who are not camera geeks?

posted by Eolake Stobblehouse @ Wednesday, August 01, 2007   13 comments links to this post

13 Comments:

At 1 Aug 2007 00:41:00, Anonymous ttl said...

I'm not a camera geek but I've learned to appreciate the beauty in classic gadgets --- mainly music related hardware but the sense of aesthetics translates over to these light capturing things very easily.

Incidently, I was just reading the newly published review of Leica M8 by Phil Askey, so I was in the mood, so to speak.

Your Rollei 35 is a beauty. Too bad it's not fully functional, though.

 
At 1 Aug 2007 01:08:00, Blogger eolake said...

Doesn't matter to me. I never use film cameras anymore. To me this camera is like jewelry or a sculpture. And it saved me at least $100, I estimate.

 
At 1 Aug 2007 04:00:00, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This style of 35mm camera from Rollei was quite good. The optics were well received. However, I had a problem judging distance and then making proper camera adjustments. With no coupled viewfinder this proved rather difficult when my developed shots were more out of focus than not.

 
At 1 Aug 2007 04:44:00, Blogger eolake said...

Yes indeed, the lack of a focussing mechanism is a downside when using large apertures and close subjects.

 
At 1 Aug 2007 07:06:00, Blogger Alex said...

I forgot, my first 35mm was my Grandad's old Halina. Again, no reflex lens. I must say though, it had the quietest shutter I'd ever used, it was an iris that opened and closed.

The camera was failing when I put two films through it, and mostly urban landscapes it fared very well, but the shutter was slowing, and gave an interesting vignetting to the pictures I had not expected.

My Ricoh was positively thunderous with it's dual curtain shutter.

I used to pick up things which looked good. Trouble is I now share a house with a wife and two kids, so there isn't space for all my crap...

 
At 1 Aug 2007 21:38:00, Anonymous Gandalfe said...

Yes, it is interesting. But to a non-camera guy like me, I just want them to work, not something I'd spend my hard-earned sheckles. But then you might say the same thing about my soprillo sax or contrabass clarinet.

 
At 1 Aug 2007 21:40:00, Blogger eolake said...

Exactly. I find that good guys usually has one area where they care about quality and aesthetics.

 
At 2 Aug 2007 16:47:00, Blogger Alex said...

Hmm, I must be a bad guy. I care about aesthetics in cars, buildings and toys.

 
At 2 Aug 2007 17:23:00, Blogger eolake said...

That's three areas, all the better.

 
At 3 Aug 2007 18:01:00, Blogger Dibutil Ftalat said...

I was looking for one that would work because I wanted to shoot with it... End up with Canonet QL-19 which is nice and cheaper too.

 
At 3 Aug 2007 23:38:00, Blogger Alex said...

Gotta ask, is that the flash shoe on the bottom right as we look at it.

 
At 3 Aug 2007 23:43:00, Blogger eolake said...

Yep!!
It's a good example of the interesting design choices they made in order to make the camera so compact.

 
At 4 Aug 2007 03:10:00, Blogger Alex said...

I guess I'm just used to a flash being up and left. A top mounted flash gives faces a more natural light, underlit faces are more creepy, ask any kid whose stood wish a flashlight under their chin.

 

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