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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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    Quote Originally Posted by Someonenameddavid View Post
    it's a shame the motor drive is not compatible with this:

    http://auction-team.de/new_highlights/2003_04/0065.htm

    150 exposure back for the Rollei

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    Quote Originally Posted by mike c View Post
    Wonder if Nasa ever thought of useing this for the Moon.

    Mike


    hi mike

    that would need one heck of a long extension cord !

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    Quote Originally Posted by cliveh View Post
    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?
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Someonenameddavid View Post
    it's a shame the motor drive is not compatible with this:

    http://auction-team.de/new_highlights/2003_04/0065.htm

    150 exposure back for the Rollei

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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.

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