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the new rolleiflex.

1 Feb 2012



For my birthday, my friend Fred gave me his old Rolleiflex 2.8 — quite a gift! — which he hadn’t used in quite some time, and which he wanted to give to someone who could make better use of it.  This past weekend, my (very obliging) friend Jeremy and I took it out for a spin, to test the optics and exposure.











First impressions: pretty darn great.  Focusing is a wee bit tricky, mostly because the viewfinder is a little unwieldy and a touch uncooperative (based on the serial number, this model is from the original Rolleflex 2.8a, which puts it around 1949-51 (!)); all this basically means is that I’m sometimes going to get photos like the one right above, which is wonky, yes, but still lovely in its own imperfect way.  Metering is a tiny bit of a crapshoot, since there’s no internal meter (I used my lightmeter app on the iPhone) and the oldskool shutter speeds don’t seem to correspond to numbers I’m used to.  Based on the photos from this test roll, I’m just going to have to get used to shooting at higher shutter speeds, so as to not overexpose everything.

But no matter.  In the end, it’s a great camera, and a really wonderful gift.  Thanks, Fred!   (And hmmm – I’m gonna need a name for it.)  It’s also infinitely lighter than the Hasselblad, which means I’m probably going to take it with me (in lieu of the Hasselblad) when I head off to Europe next week. Oh! That’s right — Europe in 9 days! More on that to come.



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3 Comments leave one →
  1. 1 Feb 2012 8:25 pm

    It’s beautiful! What a great gift to give someone!

  2. 2 Feb 2012 2:12 pm

    wow! awesome gift! can’t wait to the europe pictures with this camera!

  3. 2 Feb 2012 5:23 pm

    thanks! it’s been so fun to use, and i’m really excited about the photo possibilities in europe!

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