[rollei_list] Rolleiflex 35mm Cameras

  • From: Marc James Small <marcsmall@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: rollei_list@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 09 Nov 2009 12:21:38 -0500

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

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.


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