Back in the days of Film

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Bill Gordon, Apr 5, 2010.

  1. Bill Gordon

    Bill Gordon Mu-43 Top Veteran Charter Member

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  2. Herman

    Herman Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 7, 2010
    The Netherlands
    Hi Bill, thanks for posting this threat.
    I still own a Rollei 35 LED. Great little camera.
    Rollei should join mft, don't you agree?
     
  3. cosinaphile

    cosinaphile Mu-43 All-Pro Charter Member

    Dec 26, 2009
    new york city
    bill that trip to the gowland page was surreal, thanks
     
  4. lggomez

    lggomez Mu-43 Regular

    I started with the Rolleiflex, and then Leica and all sort of Leica lenses. Later in Life I bought Nikon F's and Olympus OM's, Leica M5. It was wonderful shooting analog, at this moment I am beginning to shoot digital again with my OM2n. We'll see!
     
  5. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus Subscribing Member Charter Member

    Dec 15, 2009
    Phila, Pa USA
    I still have a gowland tlr.
    I prefer the Rollie 2.8 Planar....
    Better than the Blad.....
     
  6. Bill Gordon

    Bill Gordon Mu-43 Top Veteran Charter Member

    Well, I'm glad that I was able to stir memories of the past....I had two Rolleis..one for colour and one for B&W.......moved to the Hasselblad with three backs, three lenses, stovepipe viewfinder + many other bits and pieces all in a beautiful leather briefcase carrier fitted for each part. Then came heart attacks, surgery (twice) rehab, couldn't carry the gear and sold it, that was years ago and I lost all interest in the hobby....until......digital......and you know the story as well as I. Those really were the good old days with the darkroom and the great enlargers where we did all the things that these digital filters do today. It was great watching your prints come alive in the glow of the red or amber light and the joy of the results.
     
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  7. cosinaphile

    cosinaphile Mu-43 All-Pro Charter Member

    Dec 26, 2009
    new york city
    my d 80 was getting used less and less i just didnt want to drag around all the gear and heavy body ........

    today its my ep1or gf1 or ricoh gx -200 that goes around with me and thats fine ....
     
  8. Narnian

    Narnian Nobody in particular ...

    Aug 6, 2010
    Midlothian, VA
    Real Name:
    Richard Elliott
    I owned a Gowland 6x9 Pocket View myself for a while before I got a Horseman 980 field camera. Great little view camera - took it backpacking.

    I am sorry to see on the home page of that link Peter passed away a few months ago.

    As for Rollei I had one of their 35mm SLRs for a while with 35/14 and 85/1.4 lenses - BIG glass. I owned several Mamiya TLRs and even a couple of Yashicamats but never a Rollei TLR for some reason.
     
  9. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus Subscribing Member Charter Member

    Dec 15, 2009
    Phila, Pa USA
    Looking back, my Rollie 2.8 Planar was the sharpest camera I ever had.
    The lens was better than the Blad 2.8.....
    Bummer.....gotta go visit my darkroom this afternoon....
     
  10. photoSmart42

    photoSmart42 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Feb 12, 2010
    San Diego, CA
    Nice! I just picked up a C330 F with the 80/2.8 and the 55/4.5. I couldn't afford the Rollei 2.8, and I thought the interchangeable lenses could be useful. I did handle a Rollei in the photo shop, and it was a delight to hold and shoot. The C330 is MUCH heavier, but I can manage it just fine.
     
  11. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus Subscribing Member Charter Member

    Dec 15, 2009
    Phila, Pa USA
    Dragos,
    I have to say, The 330 is a good work horse.
    It's a great system camera.
    I use to do Plus X at 200 in Rodinol....
    Mmmmmm great stuff......
     
  12. Vidar

    Vidar Mu-43 Top Veteran Charter Member

    545
    Dec 31, 2009
    Bergen, Norway
    What do you mean? In the days of film?

    Film
    is
    not
    dead.

    Digital is not better than film. In the same way that cds are not better than LPs.

    They are just two different things, both are great!

    BTW, interesting link:thumbup:
     
  13. alex66

    alex66 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    715
    Jul 23, 2010
    As far as I can recall Stephen Shore's American Surfaces was created using one of the pocket Rollies. The next set was done on 8x10 though.
     
  14. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus Subscribing Member Charter Member

    Dec 15, 2009
    Phila, Pa USA
    Vidar,
    The daze of film for us old film shooters means pre-digital.
    Pre-digital means when we committed to digital and got away from film. So for us old guys, in a way, film is a sweet memory.
     
  15. Vidar

    Vidar Mu-43 Top Veteran Charter Member

    545
    Dec 31, 2009
    Bergen, Norway
    I know what you mean Shooter, I am not to young myself (33) and I remember the days without digital. But many young photographers shoot BOTH film and digital. Why comitt only to digital? (I know, it IS more easy, but why does everything has to be so easy and quick?)

    I shoot 90% digital, but still would not miss those 10% film:smile:

    The same way it is SO easy to listen to MP3 files instead of my vinyl LPs, I love my LPs...
     
  16. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus Subscribing Member Charter Member

    Dec 15, 2009
    Phila, Pa USA
    LP's.... Hmmmm, analog sound, the real thing.
    Last cartridge I bought was $125.00 USD.
    I have some original Muddy Waters on old 78's...
    That's the bluez!

    Film for me is done. My M's sleep silently awaiting the call that will never come.
    For me digital isn't about easy. It's about controll. I have much more that ever with film.
    Maybe some day but I don't see it.
    I admire and respect the young film shooters.
    It's great to learn the roots.
     
  17. kevinparis

    kevinparis Cantankerous Scotsman Subscribing Member

    Feb 12, 2010
    Gent, Belgium
    vidar..

    33 is so NOT 'not so young'.... you are about the length of the life of digital photography away from me.. and i think i am in the same ballpark as shooter agewise.

    shooting on film, recording on tape... doesn't matter - its the message not the medium

    K
     
  18. Narnian

    Narnian Nobody in particular ...

    Aug 6, 2010
    Midlothian, VA
    Real Name:
    Richard Elliott
    Marshall McLuhan may beg to differ ;)

    @photoSmart42

    I had a complete outfit with the C330f including a C220 backup, all of the lenses (55,65,80,105,135,180 and 250), pistol grips, prism viewfinder, etc.

    I especially love it with flash photography since you never lost sight of the subject. I often caught a blink and some other problem since it burned the picture on the retina. I saved a few wedding pictures thanks to that capability.
     
  19. Vidar

    Vidar Mu-43 Top Veteran Charter Member

    545
    Dec 31, 2009
    Bergen, Norway
    I agree!

    And I always think it is interesting to hear the opinions of the Shooter.