martes, diciembre 08, 2009

Rollei 35 with Vivitar 283 flash

When the Rollei 35 was designed, most electronic flash units were big too much for the little camera; Rollei preferred to place the hot shoe on the camera bottom to avoid heavy loads on the camera top where some mechanisms could suffer damage. The Vivitar 283 looks big for the Rollei 35, it works with the camera, but the flash-camera combo is uncomfortable to handle due to the Rollei 35 small size and the fact the best position to take the photograph is with the camera bottom up to diminish some horrible shadows risk, a smaller flash is a "must" for this camera (taken with a digital P&S and the camera automatic flash,click on thumbnail).-

lunes, noviembre 09, 2009

Carl Zeiss RB 50/30 aerial camera

Franke & Heidecke as civil firm did not have a significant militar production during the WWII, however they were required for some specific work sometimes like to manufacture the Carl Zeiss RB 50/30 aerial photogrammetric camera used on several Luftwaffe aircrafts for aerial reconnaissance, this camera was provided with motors to work automatically, it took 60% overlapped images that could be used sterescopically too. Anyway this camera needed some parts and accesories to work that F&H did not manufacture.-

lunes, octubre 26, 2009


"Edmund Hillary after his successful attempt on Everest with Alfred Gregory and Tom Bourdillon at advanced base camp" Alfred Gregory was the 1953 Everest expedition official photographer, the Rolleiflex is hanging from his neck; photograph taken by George Band. (Very low resolution image from the RGS, higher resolutions are for sale, click on thumbnail).

"Tom Stobart with cine camera and Alfred Gregory with camera preparing to take images of the Sherpas who had reach high altitude", photograph taken by George Lowe on 30 May 1953 during the British 1953 Everest expedition. The red arrow indicates the Gregory's Rolleiflex camera used for the expedition (Very low image resolution from the Royal Geographical Society, higher resolutions are for sale, click on the thumbnail)
"...I also took a twin-lens Rolleiflex which I used for black and white.Despite being more bulky than the Contax and Retina it was extremely easy to use and with its superb Zeiss lens it was capable of producing pictures of exquisite quality. I took it as the South Col and the final results made the extras effort well worth while. When in recent years these three cameras were stolen I felt I had lost a very real part of history..." (Alfred Gregory, 1953 Everest expedition official photographer).

miércoles, octubre 21, 2009

Diax IIa and other cameras

From left to right: Contax II coupled rangefinder with Sonnar Zeiss 1.5/50mm (1937); Walter Voss Diax IIa coupled rangefinder with Xenon Schneider 2/50mm (1954) and Rollei 35 viewfinder with Tessar Zeiss 3,5/40 (1973). The direct flash light produced some strange reflection on this automatic digital image, click on thumbnail for a larger image.-

viernes, marzo 27, 2009

The old and reliable Rodinal

Rodinal Data sheet (click on the image)
Last Rodinal bottle (click on the image)