1. Hi Nicole!
    I hear you on being unable to resist the Rolleiflex, I ended up with the same problem after picking up a Vivian Maier book and ended up buying a Yashicamat 124G. It didn’t have a working light-metre either, so I had to use the Sunny 16 rule too. Problem was, back when I used it five years ago I didn’t have a smart-phone and there wasn’t an app! However, working from a chart I did learn quite a bit about guessing the correct exposure. I don’t have the camera anymore, I gave it to an art student friend of mine who proved far more talented with it in documenting her own work. (Though there is a problem in cocking the shutter mechanism, so she has to put her hand over the lens for every other shot to prevent double exposures.)
    Anyway, really enjoyed your video and blog post on this one. For further TLR photographer books, check out the great English photographer Jane Bown, who did a lot of portraits for the observer. Lee Miller also used one extensively in her fashion/war photography.

    Thanks again!

    • filmbasedtraveler

      Hey Pete! I really appreciate that you always point me to the right photography masters. I love the way Jane Bown framed her subjects in the photos.

      To be honest, the Rolleiflex does have some shutter cocking issue occasionally. However not as bad as the Yashica 124 you gave your friend.
      Once again, thanks for visiting my video (the rolleiflex video has a bad video quality) and my blog.

  2. James B. Lee

    I bought a new 3.5 F in California in the 1960s for USD 300 and sold it in the 1980s for USD 300. I was not doing photography then and the shutter needed work; let a better photographer have the use of it I thought.

    The Rollei F is the only ergonomically perfect camera ever made. My favorite feature is the mechanical analog depth-of field computer: the little black shades that open and close with f-stop; align the infinity mark on the focus knob with the forward one; the camera is hyper-focused for maximal depth-of-field.

    Unfortunately for the unwary, the Jane Bown simplicity of a Rolleiflex demands Jane Bown level of talent. I never could aspire to that.

    You are a very good photographer! Let us see more of Portra 400 in your Rollei!

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