I was never that enamored of Rolleis until I actually used one — this is a great little camera! The 35B was made after Rollei moved manufacturing to Singapore. I have an older made-in-Germany 35 that needs some work. Time to dig it out of the stash and get busy.
Non-expired Fuji Superia 400. Processed and scanned by The Camera Shop of Santa Fe.
Hair after. Gorgeous either way. Used the Rollei 100 XLC flash.
Zoe in the messy workshop. I cropped it and applied some noise reduction for scanner noise.
Beautiful six-pointed starring. A little of the leak from opening the back.
Another aspen shot from near the top of the run. Minor level and saturation tweaks on this one too.
I was really bummed to have ruined the runner shots.
Converted to B&W with some work on the levels where the leak overexposed. It’s something.
It’ll be a little while before I post more. I’m shooting slide film and I want several rolls ready to go before I process. E6 chemicals are a little pricey and don’t last long so I’ll use it all up in one go.
You never know what sleepers are out there or what camera will click with you. I may not keep it — my office is starting to look like an episode of “Hoarders” — but I really like shooting with it.
Aperture selection via the ISO and flash settings:
- 100 w/ flash — f/4
- 200 w/ flash — f/5.6
- 100 no flash — f/8
- 200 no flash — f/11
- 400 no flash — f/16
There was a lot of scanner noise (got a CD with processing) so this shot has heavy noise reduction and a small exposure boost in Photoshop.
God beams on the morning commute. F8 if I remember correctly.
Eagle in Los Alamos — love the detail in the feathers. F 16.
The nice thing about a wide-angle lens (35mm) is you get decent depth of field, even with a large aperture. I like this shot better than the one in the video. Instead of looking down on the flowers, they lead you back into the forest.
Asters in the canyon, Los Alamos. F4.
I’ll do a hi-res scan of this negative. M wants a print for the living room. That makes me happy.
The reflections in his eyes and on the floor (probably cat litter from his feet) have the diamond shape of the aperture.
Goober at his level. Flash at ISO 400 — I forget what f-stop that comes out to.
Some noise reduction on this one. Also, I clone-stamped in Photoshop to remove cat barf I hadn’t noticed when I took the picture.
Zoe. Circular cat in a circular bed. Also flash at ISO 400.
Scanned at 1200DPI on the Canoscan 9000f. I cropped the borders and resized for upload.
Crazy mannequin in the yard at Boomerang Thrift Shop.
Goober, that handsome devil.
Train station in Santa Fe.
Cool tree on Sandoval St. in Santa Fe.
I ran out of time tonight but I’m determined to find out how the Instax Mini 7S controls exposure…
22 September update: The camera definitely adjusts the aperture to control exposure. I set the Nikon AW100 to “fireworks” mode to get a long shutter and snapped the inside of the Instax while it fired. I thought I’d have to be clever and defeat interlocks but it turns out the Instax doesn’t care if the back is open or if there is film loaded with regard to the shutter and flash.
“Clear”, as in sunny, setting.
“Indoor – Dark” setting.
Expired Kodak VR 200 — quite a bit of grain.
Jem is a handsome fellow. This really shows what the lens can do wide open.
Albuquerque from the top of Sandia Crest.
Second roll, less expired Kodak VR 200 and less grain.
Metal flowers in Old Town Albuquerque.
More will follow after I shoot some slide film.
Quite a trip: La Mesilla to Santa Fe to Albuquerque to Bloomfield to Colorado Springs and then the whole thing in reverse.
I was surprised how much I like this camera. This is the first Fuji/Fujica/Fujifilm camera I’ve shot with and it’s not bad at all. I had to order a capacitor for the flash and I hope that’s all it will take to fix it.
Somewhere on US 550 between Bernalillo and Farmington, NM.
I can’t remember if this is northern NM or southern CO.
Rainbow on the plains near Walsenburg, CO.
Packard Clipper near Walsenburg, CO.
I played in Photoshop a bit for the image below. I lightened the shadows, darkened the highlights, and boosted the midtone contrast. It looks like an HDR image. The colors are more like what my eyes saw in the early morning light but it lost some detail. I’m not sure if I like it or not — maybe a little heavy-handed.
Abandoned house on what’s now Forbes Ranch land.
Thistles near the house in the previous photo.