As they say... Macht's besser, aber net so oft.
Film vs Digi? There is a simple satisfaction one gets from the "feel" of film.
Also, hab keine Angst. The feeling will leave you for the 'blad and then you will be drawn to larger and lager formats. You may even have to sell your digi to get better film kit.
Take comfort in the fact that you are not alone and many people world-wide have the same need for support (although it is more like encouragement on this site). We are here for each other every step of the way: 35mm, MF, LF...
Really, this is a great site full of extremely knowledgable and helpful people. Good luck with your shooting.
Antje, welcome to the Rollei world. My first real camera was a Rolleiflex 3.5E, a delicious camera that remains one of my workhorses.
Originally Posted by Antje
Like you, once seduced by the Rolleiflex, I began to consider other possibilities, other cameras. Like you, I moved to a Hasselblad ... then to a 4x5 view camera ... then to a 5x7 view camera. And a variety of minor experiments in between. And now I've returned to a Rolleiflex (this time a Tele Rolleiflex).
I continue to use my view camera a lot. But in the end, the Rolleiflex remains my truest love. They are jewels of industrial design. The optics are peerless. They feel right.
If I were to do it again, I'd forget about the Hasselblad. They are crude tools by comparison with your Rolleicord. Me, I shoot 95+ percent of my work in one focal length anyway, so the sole advantage of the Hasselblad -- interchangeable lenses -- is of little value to me. The conventional Rolleiflex lens is a bit short for my portraiture, so I moved to the Tele Rolleiflex (there is a RolleiWide as well) and it fits me like a glove. If I were limited to one camera for the rest of my life, the Tele Rolleiflex would do it for me.
Enjoy your Rolleicord.
I am truly sorry - so few were ever able to pullback once the negatives get temptingly large.
B & D
Quiquid Latine dictum sit altum viditur
Sell the canon stuff to fund the hassy. That way you won't feel guilty.
Technological society has succeeded in multiplying the opportunities for pleasure, but it has great difficulty in generating joy. Pope Paul VI
So, I think the "greats" were true to their visions, once their visions no longer sucked. Ralph Barker 12/2004
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If I knew of your blasphemic views regarding the Goddess of the photographic machines, I wouldn't stand by your deeply offensive and repulsive "images" of shameless women.
Originally Posted by Sanders McNew
Real photographs, created in camera, 100% organic,
no digital additives and shit
Come to the light, Ari: Shoot a Rolleiflex! :-D
I agree with Andre. I wanted to by Hasselblad since early seventies when I spend six years in West Germany at the time with young family and no money it was a dream. I got my dream fulfilled I have two Blads now and if I want to shoot something important always take Blad with me. Even when I go out and shoot with my 4X5 or 8X10 Blad is always by my side. As Andre said Rolly is great but a bit limited.
Originally Posted by André E.C.
BTW welcome to best site for traditional photography in the world.
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