[rollei_list] Re: Rollei 35 Sonnar for portraits

  • From: Cmfreaza <cmfreaza@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <rollei_list@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 17 May 2015 17:30:22 -0300

Thank you Richard, I think you are right for every point in your post. In fact
she had on the face the light from a window' s glass with a dark shutter
reflecting the illuminated background I thought it was better than a paper, I
had no options anyway, photography was very secondary for this travel and I
carried two pocket cameras.
Yes Thor, she is Alina, my oldest daughter.

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De: "`Richard Knoppow" <dickburk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Enviado el: ‎17/‎05/‎2015 16:42
Para: "rollei_list@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <rollei_list@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Asunto: [rollei_list] Re: Rollei 35 Sonnar for portraits

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 production through the selected books and their
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 the
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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