Rolleiflex - is this for real

Discussion in 'Medium Format Cameras and Accessories' started by cliveh, Jun 20, 2012.

  1. cliveh

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    Looks like it would be very difficult to use on the street:smile:
     
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    hey mark

    i have a 33' I type 3a rolleicord i had modified so i could use with a motor drive ( like the one you linked to )
    the "upgrade" was well worth the 900$ i paid ( they had to modify a more-modern rolleiflex mechanism to work
    in my camera, and they had to modify the camera to work with the newer-winder ) ...
    its pretty easy to use on the street ...
    i have a small trailer i attach to my waist which has a small gas powered honda generator that i use to plug the winder into.
    since i started to use this rolliecord to do street work i realized the shutter is too loud and people take notice of me.
    i guess i have to have the shutter modified too ... :wink:

    john
     
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    Good for endurance testing your shutter and transport.
     
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    John, I'm interested why you wanted this device. Is this a desire fore a short burst large format cine camera? If so, for what use?
     
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    hi clive

    to be honest, i was joking :wink:
    i find the idea of having a motor drive for a 12 frame roll of film
    to be kind of funny .. i too am looking for the point !

    sorry for the confusion :wink:
    john
     
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    Now if it spun 360* it might make a great pano camera.
     
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    but it would have to spin 360º really really fast ! :wink:
     
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    That was good john.
     
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    It's for real. We tend to forget that cameras were used in all sorts of context outside of our "photography" context (i.e. subject + camera + artist = work).

    Before there were digits, all sorts of instruments needed to be photographed to keep a trace of their data. Oscilloscopes, for example (and there's a special Rollei+Polaroid thing for it), or microscopes, etc.

    So the point of the Rolleimot is to have remote actioning of the camera, whether according to a given timing, or simply because one can't be at the same spot as the camera for the record.

    Obviously, the market for this kind of tools eventually was taken away by more elegant solutions (hello, Hasselblad EL/M !), but I'm sure there were plenty of labs in the 70s that had standardized on the Rollei in the 50s because at that point it was the best tool they had. Converting their entire setup could have been too costly, so they would have bought the accessory motor.

    That's the lesson of history: we may live in 2012, but we reflect the era in which we grew up much more than contemporary times.
     
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    Wonder if Nasa ever thought of useing this for the Moon.

    Mike
     
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    hi mike

    that would need one heck of a long extension cord ! :smile:
     
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    he's pulling your leg....
     
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    I can recall seeing references for some quite obscure and specialist accessories for the original Rolleiflex....as Michel Hardy-Vallee says above, they were used for a lot of purposes other than in more everyday contexts. There was a complete underwater housing for a Rollei, with outside controls for settings and winding on. I assume that you had to come out of the sea and dry the salt water off the unit every time you needed to change film. Wonder how many of those F & H made...
     
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    I remember these from the 60's. They were used for scientific and engineering work where the camera had to be operated remotely. We had some at Ford.
     
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    love the tag-line: 'This baby has only one direction to go, "UP".'
     
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    What makes you think it wasn't? Or at least there wasn't a version that was, I seem to recall that there was.
     
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    Interesting, but I can live without.

    Jeff
     
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    Well from the estimation of clearances in the two pictures, but there should be no reason why such a rig couldn't be made.

    David