Semi-Random Photo for 4 December 2013

Rollei 35, Kentmere 100
Rollei 35, Kentmere 100

Semi-Random Photo for 20 July 2013

Canon P, Leitz Elmar 90 f/4, Kodak Tri-X
Canon P, Leitz Elmar 90 f/4, Kodak Tri-X

Bargain Rolleiflex, Part 2: The Photos

As I explained recently, I came across a tired old Rolleiflex that needed to be saved from its confinement in a dusty antiques store and restored to active service. With a bit of work, Your Humble Filmosaur got it up and running; all that was left was to run a test roll and see if there was hope for it, or if the years had been too much for it. I put in a roll of Ektar 100 and headed out, knowing that the uncoated lens might not be ideal for color film, but figuring it was worth finding out just what it was capable of right at the start.

Rolleiflex Old Standard Model 621, Kodak Ektar 100
Rolleiflex Old Standard Model 621, Kodak Ektar 100
Rolleiflex Old Standard Model 621, Kodak Ektar 100
Rolleiflex Old Standard Model 621, Kodak Ektar 100
Rolleiflex Old Standard Model 621, Kodak Ektar 100
Rolleiflex Old Standard Model 621, Kodak Ektar 100
Rolleiflex Old Standard Model 621, Kodak Ektar 100
Rolleiflex Old Standard Model 621, Kodak Ektar 100

I’m going to say the film test was successful. In truth I was pretty well stunned by the quality and clarity of the images, as well as the color rendering through the uncoated Tessar. The Rolleiflex is a pleasure to use, smaller than my Ciro-flex and more convenient as a result of the crank film advance that handles frame spacing automatically. Seeing just what it can do, I imagine the battered 80-year-old little black box is going to quickly become my go-to medium format camera.