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A weekend of firsts

Discussion in 'Film Camera Forum' started by ajramirez, Oct 28, 2012.

  1. ajramirez

    ajramirez SC All-Pro

    Jul 9, 2010
    Caguas, Puerto Rico
    Antonio
    This was a weekend of several firsts for me. My first time shooting with my first medium format film camera, a circa 1956 Rolleiflex 3.5 MX-EVS in absolutely mint condition I picked up last week. This morning was the first time in over 16 years that I developed a roll of flim.

    I think the results turned out fine, even though the 75mm 3.5 Xenar on the Rollei is not the sharpest knife in the drawer. Still, that analog-medium format-B&W look has its allure. This is from the first of three rolls I shot yesterday and developed this morning:

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    Puente by ramirezaponte, on Flickr

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    Puerta by ramirezaponte, on Flickr

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    Puente by ramirezaponte, on Flickr

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    Arbol by ramirezaponte, on Flickr

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    Torre by ramirezaponte, on Flickr

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    Escalera by ramirezaponte, on Flickr

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    Puente by ramirezaponte, on Flickr

    Ilford Delta 100, D76 1:1. All at Jardín Botánico y Cultural William Miranda Marín (William Miranda Marín Botanical and Cultural Gardens), Caguas, Puerto Rico.

    Cheers,

    Antonio
     
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  2. pdh

    pdh SC Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    I've already commented on Flickr ... It's hard to see how these could be much better. Beautifully handled light.

    What did you use for scanning btw?
     
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  3. ajramirez

    ajramirez SC All-Pro

    Jul 9, 2010
    Caguas, Puerto Rico
    Antonio
    Epson V500 Photo and Epson Scan. I use VueScan with the Plustek for 35mm, but could not get it to work with the Epson.

    Thanks,

    Antonio
     
  4. Ghosthunter

    Ghosthunter boo!

    Sep 8, 2010
    London UK
    Andy
    You have done a cracking job!! Great images!
     
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  5. wt21

    wt21 SC Hall of Famer

    Aug 15, 2010
    Lovely B&W. Thanks for posting. I've dreamed of a Rollei for a while now. Just don't have the guts to try one.
     
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  6. ajramirez

    ajramirez SC All-Pro

    Jul 9, 2010
    Caguas, Puerto Rico
    Antonio
    I found it to be a very different user experience when compared to 35mm cameras, let alone any digital gear. I can tell you that from this first outing, my admiration for Vivian Maier has increased tenfold, in that I really cannot fathom doing any kind of street work with the Rollei.

    First, there is the issue of focusing. Even though mine has the upgraded Maxwell screen with the split image, I still found it impossible to focus without using the magnifier. So, shooting pretty much goes like this: (1) find the scene; (2) take a hand held meter reading (no in-camera meter on my model); (3) Set exposure; (4) frame the scene (keeping in mind that the image you see is right side up, but reversed); (5) flip the magnifier; (6) focus; (7) flip down the magnifier; (8) press the shutter release; (9) switch hands in order to crank the film advance.

    On the other hand, it actually is light enough to operate hand held, although I used a monopod for the above shots.

    If you ask me, I would say to go for it.

    Cheers,

    Antonio
     
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  7. Luckypenguin

    Luckypenguin SC Hall of Famer

    Dec 24, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
    Nic
    They look fantastic! The first and last are my two favourites. I suspect that the first one in particular would have a very nice looking histogram as well :redface:
     
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  8. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    the 2nd one is hands-down my favorite. I love the light coming through the archway on the right.
     
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  9. fin azvandi

    fin azvandi SC Veteran

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    Feb 22, 2012
    Madison, WI
    Great stuff, I really liked #2 as well. (By the way, I just checked out "Vivian Maier: Street Photographer" from the library on Friday and it is even more impressive knowing the technological hurdles involved in making the image - I wasn't familiar with the Rollei).
     
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  10. Xuereb

    Xuereb SC Veteran

    380
    Nov 5, 2010
    W. Australia
    The Xenar may not be the sharpest, but it has character.
     
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  11. Lili

    Lili SC Hall of Famer

    Oct 17, 2010
    Dallas, TX
    Lili
    superb tonality and draw
    bravo!
     
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  12. Lili

    Lili SC Hall of Famer

    Oct 17, 2010
    Dallas, TX
    Lili
    super tonality and draw
    Bravo!
     
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  13. krugorg

    krugorg SC All-Pro

    Sep 26, 2011
    Minnesota USA
    Kyle Krug
    Loved the shots when I saw them on flickr. Like some others, I dig #2, but I also really love the capture of the tree. Great light!

    I've been noodling on a Bronica for a while, but after reading your process, I am thinking the rookie here best stick with digital! :eek:

    Seriously, very impressive work!
     
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  14. Landshark

    Landshark PhotoDog

    Jul 15, 2010
    SoCal
    Bob
    nice images, congrats on using the TLR, back in the day I could never get the hang and feel of one, so I always preferred using either a mf slr or rangefinder.
     
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  15. kyteflyer

    kyteflyer ~@¿@~

    Jan 31, 2011
    Newcastle, Australia
    Sue
    My favourites are 1,2 and 5. I dont know about "not sharp"... the output looks plenty sharp to me. Just gorgeous, Antonio :)
     
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