Saturday, July 4, 2009

Franke & Heidecke Rolleicord II Model 1

Franke & Heidecke Rolleicord II Model 1


La valle dietro il monte Cimone - The valley behind Mount Cimone - Fomapan 400
The valley behind Mount Cimone - Fomapan 400


Cane pastore e pecora - Shepherd dog and sheep - Fomapan 400
Shepherd dog and sheep - Fomapan 400

Castello di Serravalle - Fujifilm Neopan 100 Acros
Castello di Serravalle - Fujifilm Neopan 100 Acros


vecchia auto - old car fiat topolino - Kodak Portra 160 NC
A car of almost the same age of my camera, but slightly less working ;) - Kodak Portra 160 NC

Few cameras have the charm of the old twin lens reflex cameras. Among these the Rollei, produced by Franke & Heidecke, have certainly a place of honor, just think how many photographers used them for definitely challenging works (like Richard Avedon for his first fashion pictures).

The one I'm showing today is a Rolleicord (the cheaper model of the more famous Rolleiflex) produced as far back as 1936 and equipped with a Carl Zeiss lens Triotar 75/3.5, which I had already talked about here.

Pieve di San Pietro di Roffeno a Castel d'Aiano - Particolare di una casa - Detail of a house - Kodak Portra 160 NC
Detail of a house in the complex of the parish church of San Pietro di Roffeno in Castel d'Aiano - Kodak Portra 160 NC

Needless to say, as soon as I had it in my hands and full revised (the mirror was missing) I immediately did put it on test and from a couple of weeks it has become the favorite company in my photographic excursions: the square format and the framing from above make me feel like I were in "holiday" using it, especially when compared to the 35mm digital cameras.

Galleria - Portico di via dei Musei a Bologna - Kodak Portra 160 NC
Portico of via dei Musei in Bologna - Kodak Portra 160 NC

The quality of the results? Well impressive considering that we are talking about a camera and lens of 80 years ago. Just a bit of aberrations at the edges of the image, but they tend to disappear once you close the diaphragm, while the sharpness is excellent.

I must admit it... I love it!

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3 commenti :

Carolina said...

Scopro adesso il tuo blog arrivata da chissà dove e me ne innamoro follemente...
Una "o" di meraviglia si è stampata sul mio volto appena mi è apparso il tuo mondo fatto di foto vere, vive, vissute, di ricette speciali come solo quelle semplici e che "sanno di casa" possono esserlo...
Tanta meraviglia!

dada said...

Viste le foto, capisco il tuo innamoramento profondo e l'attrazione verso i vecchi obiettivi, è impressionante (diciamo che il tuo talento ha fatto la sua parte :-) E' sempre bello passare qui, ci tuffi in un altro mondo, grazie!

Fra said...

una qualità di immagine straordinaria e gli scatti sono superbi...bravissimo come al solito
Un bacione
fra

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