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· Downhill Juggernaut
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These are the pics from my first roll of film. Talk about old school. Since I don't have a light meter I made educated guesses. Not too far off... however, I found an old Luna Pro on eBay and I can't wait for it to get here.

I also think I need to adjust the focus a bit between the two lenses. Fortunately, it's more me needing to remember how to do things the old fashioned way than it is the camera. All I know is I'm glad I remembered to take notes on each roll of film. Hopefully it will help me correct some of my exposure issues so I can concentrate on the other stuff.

I think it's a keeper. However, I know I need some improvement.

Here's my set-up. Yes, there is room on the Big Dummy for the tripod.



Along with a few of my first pics from a downtown ride last week. Forgive the quality, scans of proofs on my flatbed scanner.

Trinity River crossing under North Main:



Looking further down the river:



A trailhead for the Trinity bike path that I never knew existed. A pretty cool cobblestone path completely hidden, but about 15 steps from the courthouse:

 

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I woulda sold you this one. It's just been sitting in my basement for years

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Well if you use the same film and it's consistent, some people just cheat the built in meters in the digital cameras. Just take notes to figure out if the film is within x-stops up or down of the camera's calculated exposure at any given ISO and apply that each time. A light meter would be easier though :D
 

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Beautiful, moody shots. Does your Rollei have the magnifier for the viewfinder? It's something that'll definitely help you get sharper shots. Even if you do, though, you have to just accept the fact you will never get a perfectly sharp image on the ground glass. You just have to fine-tune the focus until the image is the least blurry.

Stopping down the lens, of course, will increase your depth of field, and thus increase chances your subject will be in focus, but that's no fun! Try the camera handheld, too. With the camera strapped around your neck you can really get fairly motionless with the Rollei. It's almost as if your body is a tripod, with the camera suspended from it. When I was using my Rollei regularly, I could easily get sharp images at a quarter second. I could even get decent sharpness at a half.

As for using a light meter, some call it a crutch. I call it an essential tool, even though you can go nuts with it on a partly cloudy day...with the exposure changing every couple seconds or so.
 

· Downhill Juggernaut
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Mapei said:
Beautiful, moody shots. Does your Rollei have the magnifier for the viewfinder? It's something that'll definitely help you get sharper shots. Even if you do, though, you have to just accept the fact you will never get a perfectly sharp image on the ground glass. You just have to fine-tune the focus until the image is the least blurry.

Stopping down the lens, of course, will increase your depth of field, and thus increase chances your subject will be in focus, but that's no fun! Try the camera handheld, too. With the camera strapped around your neck you can really get fairly motionless with the Rollei. It's almost as if your body is a tripod, with the camera suspended from it. When I was using my Rollei regularly, I could easily get sharp images at a quarter second. I could even get decent sharpness at a half.

As for using a light meter, some call it a crutch. I call it an essential tool, even though you can go nuts with it on a partly cloudy day...with the exposure changing every couple seconds or so.
Thanks,

As far as the camera, I wish it was a Rollei. It's actually a Ricohflex I stumbled across for next to nothing. They're basically Japanese clones of the Rollei's. Amazing how cheap these things are now that no one really uses film anymore. However, as much as I enjoy it I could see myself picking up a Rollei in the near future. I really like using the medium format TLR's.

It does have the magnifier on it. I just forget it's there. Also, I shot all these pics at around F/2.8 or so. Mainly to run some film through the camera to make sure there were no leaks. Also for consistency of shutter when I compare notes later.

I also shot Ilford ISO 100 B&W through it. It was a bit overcast, so some of the shots were tricky to guess. We'll see if a light meter makes a difference.

BJ, I just might take you up on that Minolta. IIRC, those are really good light meters.
 

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Nice shots. Is that a Rollei or something else?

BTW, if you find two light meters send me one, I just picked up a nice old Argus C3 :thumbsup:
Sweet! We're on the fast track to becoming retro grouches...
 

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Keep in mind that with geared focusing like on Ricohflex and Lubitel you may need to occasionally clean and re-lube the cogs. You can feel it when the rings stiffen up a bit. Have fun with your camera. You can get some really nice bokeh with a Ricohflex. Here’s a (manual) for a super if you don’t have one. It's a fun read.


MB1…Hasselblad????? Holga’s beat Hasselblad’s hands down. You don’t have to buy any adapters and filters to get great vignetting. Holga’s also very carefully filter out excessive sharpness so realism doesn’t get mistaken for reality AND no one bothers to steal them! Oh and they float!!! :)
 

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kaotikgrl said:
.... MB1…Hasselblad????? Holga’s beat Hasselblad’s hands down. You don’t have to buy any adapters and filters to get great vignetting. Holga’s also very carefully filter out excessive sharpness so realism doesn’t get mistaken for reality AND no one bothers to steal them! Oh and they float!!! :)
I'll grant you that floating is one thing that H-blads won't do but if I want the Holga look it is easy enough to smear some Vasoline on a clear filter.......

People steal cameras?!? [email protected], I suppose they do :( :mad2: .

BTW I just picked up an Olympus 420 to be my carry camera on our bike ride from Frankfurt to Budapest. A P-n-S just wasn't going to cut it for that ride.
 

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BTW I just picked up an Olympus 420 to be my carry camera on our bike ride from Frankfurt to Budapest. A P-n-S just wasn't going to cut it for that ride.
That could be the ultimate ride camera. Did you get it with the 25mm or the zoom?
 

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I use a Weston Master....does what I need..I actually use it with my dslr when I use the old screw mount lenses on manual....
 

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BTW I just picked up an Olympus 420 to be my carry camera on our bike ride from Frankfurt to Budapest. A P-n-S just wasn't going to cut it for that ride.
Sounds like a really nice trip. ChrisH’s big dummy would give you room for a 903 swc, a Leica rangefinder, (I’ve been using a much older than me Canon VT rangefinder lately) a DSLR, an assortment of pinholes and of course the great floatable Holga. :)

I haven’t used a 420 but have heard good things about it. Did you think about a Canon G9?

Since you’re going to be in Germany if you find someone selling a good Leica Noctilux for say $25 buy it for me and I’ll pay you back. :)
 

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Sounds like a really nice trip. ChrisH’s big dummy would give you room for a 903 swc, a Leica rangefinder, (I’ve been using a much older than me Canon VT rangefinder lately) a DSLR, an assortment of pinholes and of course the great floatable Holga. :)

I haven’t used a 420 but have heard good things about it. Did you think about a Canon G9?

Since you’re going to be in Germany if you find someone selling a good Leica Noctilux for say $25 buy it for me and I’ll pay you back. :)
We will be on the tandem.

Miss M thinks panniers are the way to go, I lean more towards the BOB. You know how that is going to end. :rolleyes:

Yes, I looked at the G9 but it just doesn't go wide enough for my taste.

I'll stop at every Pawn Shop we pass. If I find 2 $25 Leicas I'll save one for you......
 

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I'll stop at every Pawn Shop we pass. If I find 2 $25 Leicas I'll save one for you......
So you'll be picking up the other for me then? What a gracious gesture!
 

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4 of my cameras.

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You have Waterfords AND Hassleblads? No fair!
Left to Right

Pentax Optio-Waterproof, I like it

A $10 bill for size comparison.

Olympus 420 with the 14-42mm zoom-brand new, I don't know much about it.

Canon 5D with the 17-40mm zoom-a great camera.

Hasselblad H series with the 50-110 zoom. My favorite really, but too darn big.
 

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Left to Right

Pentax Optio-Waterproof, I like it

A $10 bill for size comparison.

Olympus 420 with the 14-42mm zoom-brand new, I don't know much about it.

Canon 5D with the 17-40mm zoom-a great camera.

Hasselblad H series with the 50-110 zoom. My favorite really, but too darn big.
you need a large format camera.
 
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