[rollei_list] Re: Rollei -Singapore

  • From: "Peter K." <peterk727@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: rollei_list@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Fri, 9 Jan 2009 11:57:36 -0800

I guess if you use infinity focus most of the time then sure. My biggest
gripe with the 35 is the fact that there is not a rangefinder built in. But
if I were a mountaineer who never had need of anything except infinity I
would agree. And Yes, I know some people are good at settings distances, I
am not.

On Fri, Jan 9, 2009 at 10:46 AM, Don Williams <dwilli10@xxxxxxx> wrote:

>  At 08:09 AM 1/9/2009, Emmanuel wrote, in part:
> From DAW:
> Rollei 35- A few years back I attended a book signing by David Breashears,
> the man who did the IMax film about climbing Mount Everest.  He spotted a
> Rollei 35 in the audience and had the owner come up.  Breashears really
> praised the camera and said it was his favorite for climbing (that special
> IMax he took up the mountain was clearly not a favorite, just something he
> had contracted to use).  He thought the Rollei was rugged, reliable, and
> just a very fine piece of equipment for rough use.  I have always wanted to
> have one but it's never been in our budget and will most likely never be.
> On an un-related subject, I had just had a pulmonary blood clot and was
> recovering nicely, and I mentioned to him that my O2 sat. had been as low as
> 65% which I thought earned me some bragging rights for survival.  He
> countered with his experience that it runs about 55% on the mountain.
> More notes at end of this-
> The transfer of amateur cameras & projectors to Singapore was a  major
> decision taken by the Rollei management in the seventies. At the time the
> boss was Herr Peesel, followed by Herr Peter Peperzak, then by Heinz
> Wehling.
> At a time when all European and German companies manufacturing amateur
> cameras had to close down (the most famous example was the Zeiss-Ikon plant
> in Stuttgart closed down in 1972), the Rollei decision can be considered as
> adventurous but if you compare with the UK or France where almost everything
> photographic was destroyed by the Japanese competition, the Rollei example,
> in a sense, is admirable.
> It is always easy to criticize a corporate management afterwards. Now this
> is part of the history of the European photo industry and we can discuss it
> like historians.
> Regarding the Rollei 35, I can say that the transfer of manufacturing to
> Singapore was a real success. I'm still using several Rollei 35-s TE and SE
> made in the 1980s in Singapore, the cameras perform incredibly well both
> mechanically and optically. They need the occasional Clean-Lube-Adjust
> procedure like for any Compur shutter, but otherwise those Singapore-made
> cameras are, IMHO, as reliable and fascinating as classical twin-lens
> rolleiflex made in Braunschweig.
> --
> Emmanuel from France
> Interesting thing about Singapore.  HP transferred manufacturing AND
> support of the 200LX palmtop, maybe even the 100LX, to Singapore and they
> did a credible job until the product was discontinued.  (I had to upgrade to
> the 200 from the 100 because the serial port speed of the 100LX was
> incredibly slow and the engineers at HP told me it would never get better).
> I was using the computer, at that time, to download data at clients sites
> for conversion from Unix to other OS's.  I had all of 10 MB but that was
> sufficient.  Now these little jobs can take 1 Gb with a third party driver,
> even though they are all DOS-based.

Peter K

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