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Unread postPosted: Fri Aug 03, 2012 1:37 pm 
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Anyone else enjoy shooting with a TLR?

Unfortunately, I've never had the pleasure of shooting a nice Rollei. Just Seagull and Yashica. The beauty of medium format? Even inexpensive cameras and lenses can produce some really lovely negatives! Here's a shot of my Yashica Mat-124G, followed by a shot from it.

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The Rolleiflex 135mm is kind of a dream camera if I where to take the Plunge into medium format. But every time I consider one, I realize I'd probably rather put the $3k(ish) into a Summilux 50 or an M9/M10

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I had a Rollei TLR for many years, until i sold it and went for a Hasselblad- A 500CM, then A Superwide ( the best) and recently a 501CM with a 40mmCF Fle lens- almost as good as the superwide. You are quite right- there is little to touch medium format, especially when you get your teeth into it !


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I have a love-hate relationship with my Rolleiflex 2.8GX. I don't find it that pleasurable to use and I rarely have results that I like. My particular camera came with a plain ground glass screen and not the usual grid screen with the focusing aid in the middle. One of the things I struggle with is keeping the camera straight and level when I'm shooting - the camera is very sensitive to slight movements when composing. A grid screen would certainly help me deal with problem. I know that I must invest the time to use the camera regularly, which I don't do.

I've thought a lot about selling it since prices have recently increased significantly. But since I know that I haven't given it a fair shake and because its just so damn beautiful to look at, I can't do it!

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The Yashica Mat 124G was the first camera I bought. I love the images that can capture and many of my youth memories are on 120 film.

I need to purchase a new battery and use it (film is on the frigo)

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About three weeks ago, I lucked out and picked up a mint condition Rolleiflex 3.5 MX-EVS for a sweet price. I've shot seven rolls so far, and am very pleased with the results. Here's some examples:

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Salud by ramirezaponte, on Flickr

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El secreto adentro by ramirezaponte, on Flickr

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Vueltas das en un carrusel by ramirezaponte, on Flickr

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En la Calle Luna by ramirezaponte, on Flickr

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En la Calle Luna by ramirezaponte, on Flickr

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Balcones by ramirezaponte, on Flickr

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Casa by ramirezaponte, on Flickr

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Arbol by ramirezaponte, on Flickr

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Puerta by ramirezaponte, on Flickr

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Escalera by ramirezaponte, on Flickr

First three shots are on Fuji Neopan Acros 100 and the rest on Ilford Delta 100. All developed in D76 1:1.

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Some very nice shots Antonio. I love the square

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More Rollei shots:

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La Virgen y el Niño by ramirezaponte, on Flickr

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Pinta, Santa María, Niña by ramirezaponte, on Flickr

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La vecindad - Ladrillos by ramirezaponte, on Flickr

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La vecindad - Plaza by ramirezaponte, on Flickr

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La vecindad - El 14 by ramirezaponte, on Flickr

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Las 3 Goletas by ramirezaponte, on Flickr

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La vecindad - El 154 by ramirezaponte, on Flickr

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La vecindad - El 74 by ramirezaponte, on Flickr

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La vecindad - No estacione by ramirezaponte, on Flickr

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La vecindad - Resp. Logia Tanamá No. 2 by ramirezaponte, on Flickr

Arecibo, Puerto Rico. Rolleiflex 3.5 MX-EVS, 75mm 3.5 Xenar, Fuji Neopan Acros 100, D76 1:1.

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Very nice shots. I have this vision in my head of low-contrast soft focused portraits shot with a TLR. It's something I want to learn about and get into someday, but right now would be down a rabbit hole of distraction...so many TLRs and various lenses out there for relatively cheap on ebay and I have no idea how to evaluate whether something is a decent buy or if I'm getting ripped off.

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Great shots, Antonio! I must have missed these somehow.

I'm sure those sorts of TLRs are out there, but I've been nothing but impressed with the ones I've shot. My first was a Seagull; many, many years ago. Cheap as it is/was, it takes respectable shots. Alas, it wasn't mine and I didn't shoot another until I picked up a Yashica Mat 124G. Also quite nice, considering the cost. I think MF makes up for a lot of sins... :D

I can only imagine that a Rollei would be awesome, on many levels.

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