I had the chance to shoot a Rolleiflex for a few days. Just to see if I’d spend the cash I barely have on a camera I don’t really need - even if I’m eager to shoot 6*6 medium format, for portraits mainly, being deprived of street shooting for family reasons :-).
I didn’t buy the camera, too dusty to my taste, but that was a real pleasure to toy with it. It’s really easy to load, I didn’t have to check on YouTube to get how to do it. There’s no cell but I’m used to that thanks to my Pola 600SE. The only difficulty is to frame your shot, because when you pan on the left, you frame on the right and vice versa. Not a deal-breaker but something you have to work on, definitely.
I guess I’ll keep on looking for the Rolleiflex or the Hasselblad I want to enjoy true square format - one of my favourites, and one of the few I had not practiced yet..
Untitled, Strasbourg, January 2014. Leica M6, Nokton 35mm f1.4 SC, Fuji 800z. Once again an upside reflection, shot on film. The combo film-lens is good enough to make further editing almost useless. I just added a bit of saturation on Lightroom and voilà!
To shoot a few of those reflections on film is a great reminder, for those who, like me, shoot analog and digital, that raw files are absolutely blend and do need editing!
My first analog reflection, shot with my Leica M6, the Nokton 35mm f1.4 SC (prone to flare as you can see on the lower left side) and one of my last 5 rolls of Fuji 800Z, a great allrounder- a bit on the grainy side but very capable.
You’ll let me know what you think of it, but I find the result even sharper than one of the reflections shot with a M9. And it’s not due to the lens or the aperture: I didn’t change the way I shoot. At least f4 and 1/90 as long as I have enough light.
Anyway it’s great to see that film can handle the topic this well. It’s also a great reminder that a good film/lens combo yields great results and sometimes save you much time in editing. The colors were spot right after the scan so I didn’t have to edit the pic much. I just cropped a bit on the left.
Fog II, same night, same setting but a bit wider and in b&w (due to popular demand).
By the way, this shot is proof that there’s no way you can’t do proper night photography with a Summarit M 35mm f2.5. The cheaper 35mm you can get in the Leica line-up and one of the most despised Leica lens. Go figure. :-)