[rollei_list] Re: Rolleiflex 35mm Cameras

I think these comparative discussions has gone beyond the "useful" into the world of 'gainsaying'. By the way, I think my Rollei 35 B has a better light meter than my Seagull 4A Series TLR and both are better cameras then my Honda C-RV.

Rob


On Nov 9, 2009, at 12:35 PM, CarlosMFreaza wrote:

My answer was specific to Austin and now I answer to you specifically:

1) It's obvious I couldn't use a 400mm long focus lens on a Rollei 35S
since it does not have interchangeable lenses, it was the point I
wrote to Austin, different targets require different cameras, but the
point was also to say a Rollei 35 camera quality construction has
nothing to do with a Seagull.
2)You are lucky with your Rollei SL 35 cameras, I'm also lucky with
them because after a CLA they are working perfect, but bad reliability
issues contributed to their market shriking when they were
manufactured.

Carlos

2009/11/9 Marc James Small <marcsmall@xxxxxxxxxxx>:
At 12:12 PM 11/9/2009, CarlosMFreaza wrote:
Austin, it's obvious the Rolleiflex is a better camera than others to
me, otherwise I wouldn't be a Rollei user, but it's better for my
photography, for the way I see the photography as activity, there are better cameras if you need to capture a lyon hunting in the Kalahari,
a SLR film or digital is the best tool for that task.

A Rollei 35 with a Sonnar 2.8 lens is as capable as any Leica to take
an excellent photograph and even an unreliable Rollei SL 35 with a
Planar Zeiss lens can take images from the highest quality if working
right, but it does not mean that the Leica is not a very good camera
Carlos

Hmm.  You might be pushing things a bit here.

First, the Rollei 35S IS an outstanding camera and I carry one in my
glovebox. It can take some really fine pictures as can the basic 35. But it is designed for different things than is the Leica RF camera. Try taking a picture with a 5/400 long-focus lens on the 35S. It won't work. Horses for courses: Leitz never made a camera with the virtues of the 35S, but the 35S is not nearly as capable a camera in general terms as is the Leica RF.

Second, I am not certain what you mean by "an unreliable Rollei SL 35" as I have never encountered such, though I have owned several very reliable Rolleiflex SL35's. But using an SLR in miniature format is an experience worlds away from using a rangefinder camera in that format. I still own a Rolleiflex SL35 E -- I sold off all of my Leica R gear once I got the 35 E as it better matched my needs. But for normal photography, I take either a Leica RF or a Contax RF. I do VERY little flash work and shooting jazz groups in a smoky bar at night mandates a rangefinder. An SLR just cannot
do the job.

Marc


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