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    tele-rolleiflex samples?

    Anyone have any samples of a tele-rolleiflex portrait shot at the minimum distance?

    This camera interests me; however, it's pricey and I'm not sure if I'll ever own one but if I ever cave in, I'm wondering if I can get buy without Rolleinar's. I'm not looking for tight head shots. I know the min focus is 8 feet but I want to have a better sense in how a portrait would look like.

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    It's about the same as a 90mm lens on 35mm. I don't have any particular examples to hand at the moment, but there's a Rolleiflex group on Facebook and also Flickr wher you can see examples.
    However, the depth of field on a Tele Rolleiflex at wide apertures is VERY shallow, and at minimum distance it's even more so.
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    You could always just get a Mamiya TLR with any of the telephoto lenses and have a top notch performer!

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    You may want to look up Sanders McNew (his apug username is rolleiflexible). I think he uses primarily a tele rolleiflex in his portrait work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 36cm2 View Post
    You may want to look up Sanders McNew (his apug username is rolleiflexible). I think he uses primarily a tele rolleiflex in his portrait work.
    I believe he uses Rolleinars for most of his portrait work.
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    I have a Tele-Rolleiflex and absolutely love it. Amazing lens. Min focus distance is 2.6 meters though and for most portrait work you're going to need Rolleinars. I use them all the time keeping them permanently on the camera and flipping it put of the way when not wanted. Terrific for portrait work but also great for landscape short-tele shots too. Here's some of my shots using it:

    http://www.flickr.com/search/?w=3869...ele-Rolleiflex
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr.Pain-MD View Post
    You could always just get a Mamiya TLR with any of the telephoto lenses and have a top notch performer!
    True, the Mamiya 135 mm lens pair are excellent for portraits, and focus down to 35 and a half inches, the 180 mm lens pair will focus to about 47 inches.
    Last edited by benjiboy; 04-15-2012 at 06:02 AM. Click to view previous post history.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rich815 View Post
    I believe he uses Rolleinars for most of his portrait work.
    Both, I think (and also a 5x7" Norma and occasionally the Voigtlander Superb (with Heliar) that I sold him). I know he owns a Tele-Rolleiflex.
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    What is a Rollienar?
    Is that a supplemental close up attachment?

    I once found a set of Portra +1 etc in a speed graphic kit in series 6.
    Never really used them to form an opinion because I had the Ektar 203mm
    203mm isn't really that long for 4x5 but the lens is great.

    Sorry if I'm rambling, first cuppa the day :X

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    A Rolleinar (or Rolleiparkeil which is the older three-piece variant) is indeed a close-up attachment.
    “Do your work, then step back. The only path to serenity.” - Lao Tzu

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