Hello Nancy, first I very much agree with you about Carlos's
posts and photos.
I am near sighted. As I have become older I have lost all ability to focus but at the same time the modest astigmatism I had pretty much went away. My eyes focus at different distances. I used to be able to read without glasses but now must have a couple of pair of cheap reading glasses around everywhere. Fortunately, I can still see the finder in a TLR pretty well but often resort to the magnifier. The magnifiers in the cameras I mostly use are close to being the correct diopter but is is a bother to have to work it when I am shooting. I don't know a good solution to this. It is further complicated because I often wear contact lenses so must use reading glasses or corrector lenses of different diopters than with naked eyes. I have two corrector lenses for my Nikon F because of this.
I have thought of getting a monocle but they don't seem to be available. I don't mind looking like Peter Whimsey if it will help. I am sure we are not the only Rollei fans with this problem.
You are aware I am sure that the 3.5F is an exceptionally fine camera.
On 7/25/2015 2:09 PM, Nancy Kennedy wrote:
Carlos, I just wanted to acknowledge how much I enjoy your posts, which are consistently informative. I just read your latest missive out loud to my husband (he owns a Lumix so he doesn't subscribe) and showed him your latest posts. I feel as if I have a friend in Argentina! Thank you again.
For the group: I have an issue with my newly purchased Rolleiflex Xenotar 3.5F - my eyes. I'm 60 and use eyeglasses. It's been years since I used any camera due to my eyesight. No matter what I'm doing, time of day or lighting, I have trouble manually focusing and reading the small letters on the dials. I just bought new glasses (progressive trifocals with adjustments for astigmatism), but they did not help much. Does anyone else have this problem? Should I give up hopes of ever being successful with a TLR?
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*Subject: *[rollei_list] Kodak Portra 400 120 and Pro Image 100 35mm
Two days ago I crossed the international bridge and visited the city across the river, Encarnación, Republic of Paraguay. It was a long time since I visited the city, at least 15 years, despite the proximity; you can see it through a tele lens or binoculars anyway. Photography was a very secondary item to go there this time, but I had my Rolleiflex 3,5F Planar with a Kodak Portra 400 and I took some photographs, these are two of them:
I sent my Pentax P30t for its first CLA two years ago and I had not tried it yet. I bought the Pentax brand new 20 years ago and the last time I used it before the CLA, you needed to advance two or three frames to cock the shutter sometimes. Last Sunday, a sunny day among a bad climate along three weeks, we went to an amusement park according my youngest daughter wishes and I took images with the camera and Kodak Pro Image ISO 100 film. They were taken using the automatic mode for the exposure (focusing is manual); I wanted to try the automatic mode to check its working; this mode looks almost prehistorical in comparison with modern digital cameras like my Lumix LX7 with HDR and the like, but it works fine: