Rolleicord is great!

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  1. tkamiya

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    This is really not a question but a statement.

    I recently acquired a Rolleicord V in excellent shape and I've been using it since. It is AMAZING how much this simple camera has improved my photography! It seems slowing WAY down has a lot to do with this improvement.

    With this simple camera, I have to meter carefully with my Sekonics so exposure is much better. Using WLF requires me to pay attention to near edge of the frame - not just the center, watch carefully for the level-ness, and basically see the whole print in front of me before I carefully slide the shutter release.

    I dunno.... newer isn't always better and I knew that - but doing this with 60+ year old camera is just amazing. Images are awfully sharp, too.

    Anyway, I thought I'd share.

    p.s. I wish I could get a WLF for my Mamiya 645Pro... I know Mamiya made'em. They are just impossible to find now.
     
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    The older cameras are great, just can't beat them!

    Jeff
     
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    I have a rolleicord IV..fantastic camera. Congrats & enjoy
     
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    They have WLF for 645PRO on KEH, That is if you want to pay the ridiculous amount.
    Funny, I have a 645PRO and a Rolleiflex T, I also want a WLF for the 645 Pro, but then, I don't even have a metered prism.
     
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    What's interesting to note isn't so much the camera itself but the effect it's had on your habits.

    Good habits = good results.
     
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    Where do you see that?? I just went and looked but all they have are the ones for older (all metal) version of M645.

    By the way, if you want a metered prism, AE Prism N will work perfectly fine with a Pro. That's what I have with mine.
     
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    While one certainly have the option of cropping to a vertical or horizontal rectangle, working with the square format can challenge and improve your seeing.

    Glad you are enjoying your new tool!
     
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    It's definitely NOT the camera but Rolleicord is a great joy to use. I see myself actually thinking and rethinking before I release the shutter. It should be the same but I don't take this much care on any of other format. I *think* WLF has a lot to do with this change. It requires whole different attitude compared to regular prism type view finders.

    Wait... it IS the camera.... I don't have a WLF on any other cameras... :smile:
     
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    LOL...I always get a prism finder because I just find it easier but I see what you're saying.

    Careful, you keep talking like that and you'll be getting a 4x5 or larger next. Same idea with slowing down and thinking more, yanno.
     
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    I have my limits Colin... :tongue:

    I am; however, thinking about going to 6x7 :whistling::whistling::whistling:
     
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    I agree, Rollicord is great.

    Happy Holidays!
     
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    What is the lens of your Rolleicord , If it is triotar , it sees the lines like cut with a scissor , that excellent.
    Old cameras creates good habits as someone said , Rolleicord is the Leica of MF. You will never be able to get same quality from 67. I have an other Rollei , Rollei 35s and I saw flickr galleries and it is super with Ektachrome 100 vs. Zeiss is always more light gathering , more sunny lens and saturation and darker pictures tame the highlights and give extraordinary images. Some say Leica is digital amp but Zeiss is a tube amp. Its like swedish art glass , light is flowing in the picture.
     
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    Rolleicord V is equipped with a Zeiss Xenar which is a 4 element Tessar type of lens. It's really really sharp stopped down and also very nice for portraits at f/3.5. It's the one camera I'll take with me for the Xmas holidays.
     
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    My Rolleicord V is the camera I would keep if I could only have one.


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    Rollei's are great cameras, both the flex and the cord,I have one of each, a rolleicord Va2 and a rolleiflex automat,truely great cameras,the Leica of MF, and if I had to chose 2 cameras to keep from my collection it would be the rolleis,Richard
     
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    My father used to use a Rolleicord and a Rolleiflex for weddings in the 1970s. As I stated earlier I have a Rolleicord V but there is also a Rolleiflex in my father's collection which I have inherited (although the collection is in display cabinets in my mother's house) so technically I have one of each too. The Rolleiflex shutter is a bit sticky at the slower settings so I need to have that looked at.


    Steve.
     
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    That would not be a lens made by Zeiss, but by Schneider.
    :wink:
     
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    I agree - they're great! I've had at least ten. :smile: These days, I am using a Rolleiflex, an old Sekonic and some Plus-X. Slowing down and "being there" is a good exercise for the eyes and the brain.
     
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    Schneider-Kreutznach of course. My mistake, I'm sorry. Tessar is Zeiss and Xenar is Schneider-K's implementation of the same lens. Both are great lenses.
     
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    If i wanted to be completely anal about this, i could point out that it is "Kreuznach" (no "t"). But i don't, so i won't.
    :laugh:
     
  21. Mustafa Umut Sarac

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    Xenar gives excellent greens , browns and reddish orange colors. If you find a chance , shoot color.
    May be they will flame me but use classic Kodak Films , not the newer generation. Ektachrome is excellent.
    Dont use Fuji with it. I hate Fujis products for 20 years but only they are available fresh here , ...
    I believe Japanese culture and their taste has a strong influence at Fuji , Colors look like classic Indonesian , Chinese silk products of late 1800s.