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    Results of some testing (not by myself): http://www.rangefinderforum.com/foru...d.php?t=102904

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    Thanks everyone,

    The dawn is slowly dawning - Then out with the camera - If the meter is not working I won't be too worried as I have a tiny Gossen Digisix

    The reason I have abandoned the Leica as a snaps camera is that it is big enough to be a nuisance to carry, the Vitessa is slightly better in that it goes flat - What I want for snaps is slightly wide and tiny - Hence the Rollei 35B

    Results will be posted after it is light enough to do something

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    The Triotar is a nice lens that might be perfect for P. H. Emerson style Naturalistic Photography - sharp, with some softening toward the edges.

    I'll be looking forward to seeing how it goes.

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    First test roll, only 10 exp', is drying - Looking with a loupe shows the Triotar is definitely an f5.6 and lower lens, so I now have 400 film in to see how that looks - This morning's tests were with a short end of UltraFine Xtreeme 100 at 1/30 at full aperture as I was too hasty to wait for light, but in the end it is a dull day anyhow

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    In my enthusiasm I showed the Rollei 35 to Grub in her ossiary - This dog lacks respect for anything other than walks, food and chasing rabbits, parrots and kangaroos

    Later, first test prints, of the winter wood pile chopping space - Firstly 10x8" then 11x14" - Much better than I expected in the centre and I think the foreground and background are out because of DoF being shallow at f5.6 - I purposely suspended comparison with my 35mm late Summicron because such comparison is pointless and the 35mm Summicron will get much better use with RG in Freo - Unless I am given a Leica CL, that could change everything

    However, the cheap Ultrafine Xtreme film is nothing like my favourite Delta 100 - For next year's snapshots I have ordered some of the Agfa Ortho 100 on offer, which I will now chase up as I have not heard from Field that he has received the money - The ortho is mainly being bought for use in the 1936 Retina alternative snaps camera - I enjoy making snapshots with funky cameras almost as much as I enjoy clambering down cliff faces with a 10x8" kit, actually more - The joy of 10x8" comes in when I load the film in the enlarger and make the first test prints - Then it all makes sense - Half way down a cliff face it does not!

    Anyway, the Rollei 35 with Triotar is a very useable tool and a little bit funky
    Last edited by John Austin; 04-27-2012 at 04:07 AM. Click to view previous post history.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ROL View Post
    Mine is sitting on my desk in a ziploc bag, awaiting repair (to the film transport mechanism, I believe). Frankly, I don't really see any real advantage to using it, either pragmatically or artistically, over pro digital P&S, at the small film format level. Not sure what you're asking, but here are some slideshow transparency examples from last century, when it was the bomb: California Haute Route Parts I & II
    The reason I do not use a P&S digicam for the snapshot work is that our family and friends adore the 10x8" BW snapshots of Rae, the dog, garden, beaches and all the other snapshot things that get posted across the world - An emailed digital image file does not have the same quality of thingness that a silver jelly print has - I admit a digital email does not get splashed with wine on a 'fridge door, but that adds to the fun of real prints

    John
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    How is the 35B related to the 35S? the 35B looks to have quite a different arrangement of controls than my 35S, although they look similar in some respects.
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    From my experience I think a lot of these "tests" are of dubious value unless it's stated that the cameras have been recently confirmed to be in good working order and focus tested by a professional technician. Seems the lenses are not that hard to disassemble and many in the past have done so. Also the interior mount where the lens locks into place when pulled out can loosen somewhat over time and use causing minor to serious misalignment issues too. Unless people are "testing" cameras that have been confirmed to have no lens or focus issues the results will be flawed.

    I had a 35T I was a bit unimpressed with. I had a CLA done on it and the technician told me the lens had been disassembled and not reassembled properly and was off. After the CLA it was the bomb! Same with a 35S where the mount had the lens slightly wobbly, again once fixed the results were scads better.

    This same thing happens with people's anecdotal reports on their older Rolleiflexes and Rolleicords. Bent front standards, bent backs, etc all affect lens performance and the reporting of not being impressed with Planars, and statements of Xenars and Tessars are as good or better arguments etc.

    All the lenses on these TLRs and Rollei 35's are phenomenal if the cameras are in fine working order. Being 40-60 years old many have been stored poorly or banged around a lot. About 90% of Rollei 35's I've cone across have minor to serious dings in the corner! Those not spending the money to get a solid CLA done are very much chasing a false economy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rich815 View Post
    From my experience I think a lot of these "tests" are of dubious value unless it's stated that the cameras have been recently confirmed to be in good working order and focus tested by a professional technician
    My tests were, and I apologise if this was not clear, to see if it would perform as a tiny reliable snaps camera that I could carry around without the weight and "isness" of a Leica - Being seen in public with 10x8" is bad enough -

    The tests show the camera I have here is in good order and the lens is suitable for my snapshots and it is not yet in need of a CLA - My long time friend JP had the camera from new - I will add my voice to yours in reference to good professional care for equipment and not destroying cameras by home made repairs on a kitchen table after a few beers, it has happened - I repeat that I only tried the Rollei Triotar to see if it is sufficient for my 35mm needs, I have not tried to compare it to the 35mm Summicron, that would be stupid

    My 35mm Summicron has gone to RG in Fremantle, so it will be back in work across Western Australia and Asia

    Now for some snaps to illustrate its planned use

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    For reference, Greg and Debbie working in Greg's studio was Nikon F, and perhaps calling it a snap is misleading, RG with Zero was on a Leica and the two pics of Rae with Zero and stealing a Christmas Tree are both on a Vitessa
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    I have just processed the second roll from JP's Rollei 35 with Triotar. Why did they design such a sweet little camera with such a poor lens? I was expecting it to get sharp in the centre when stopped down to f11 - f22, but no, it is not giving sharpness anywhere at any aperture. In the late 1970s I tried a Rolleicord with a Triotar for a few months, that got sharp in the centre stopped down and the corners were bad enough to have "character", which was fun. The 40mm Triotar is just boring. Now to look for a Tessar or Sonnar lensed Rollei 35, as I like the basic camera

    RG suggests a Leica CL for my snapshot work, but too many $$$ and they are only for sale body only, the lenses having disappeared into the aether

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