[rollei_list] Re: Rollei 35 Sonnar for portraits

  • From: Eric Goldstein <egoldste@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "rollei_list@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <rollei_list@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 17 May 2015 16:05:55 -0400

Yes, Carlos, I'm glad you grabbed the shot. It's a minor miracle that
the shot is that much in focus with a 35 that close. I know you did
not have time to think about reflectors, fill, repositioning your
subject... it was a grab shot and worth taking and sharing...

Eric Goldstein

On Sun, May 17, 2015 at 3:42 PM, `Richard Knoppow
<dickburk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

I don't see the effects of the damge either. I agree that the picture
would have benefited from some fill light but its not always possible One
problem is simply that the background is so bright. Again can't be helped
since this is a "grab shot" where any attempt to make it better would lose
it altogether. A lot of modern cameras, including cell phones, have some
sort of automatic fill flash. Doesn't always look natural. I think
Photoshop actually has something that looks like fill flash but at some
point manipulation turns a photograph into something else. I think this is
a very good picture.

On 5/17/2015 5:16 AM, CarlosMFreaza wrote:

I think I was lucky taking portraits with the Rollei 35 (35S for this case),
they are in focus or, at least, close to the best focus. This one was the
last frame in the roll and perhaps it's the reason it looks severely
mistreated, it's grainer than the rest of the frames and it's plenty of
white dots, I believed I couldn't save it but VueScan infrared cleaning and
grain reduction helped for the purpose; the print from the lab does not show
the neg damage, the machine underexposed and narrowed the levels for the
main subject very much hiding the problems, but I don't like the print made
in the lab for this image (it was taken at f4):


Another nocturnal view with the Lumix LX7 Leica zoom:



2015-05-15 6:25 GMT-03:00 CarlosMFreaza <cmfreaza@xxxxxxxxx>:

Rollei 35S Sonnar 2,8/40

Lumix LX7 Leica zoom 1.4/24-90mm (35mm equivalent)


2015-05-10 10:40 GMT-03:00 CarlosMFreaza <cmfreaza@xxxxxxxxx>:

Rollei 35S Sonnar 2,8/40

Lumix LX7 Leica zoom 1,4/24-90mm (35mm equivalent)


2015-05-08 10:27 GMT-03:00 CarlosMFreaza <cmfreaza@xxxxxxxxx>:

Last week end I visited Buenos Aires city, our Federal Capital. My
stories book "Rotación de vientos" (Winds rotation) was selected -among 9
books from other writers- to represent my province (Misiones) at the Buenos
Aires International Book Fair, the biggest Book fair for the Spanish
language and one of the biggest in the world; each argentinean
province/state had a dedicated day to introduce its 2014 literary
through the selected books and their authors.

I carried a Rollei 35S film camera and a Lumix LX7 digital camera, both
excellent instruments for my brief trip purposes. You feel very similar
cameras in your hands; the Rollei 35S is more pocketable than the LX7; the
later is very good for nocturnal shots or low- light conditions shots when
you travel without tripod, thanks to its f1.4 Leica zoom and anti-shake
feature (it helps really, but it does not replace a good tripod):

Rollei 35S:


Lumix LX7:



Richard Knoppow
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