Analog Cameras Photography

Rolleiflex Rolleinar 1 Bay 1 review with examples from modern film

The Rolleinar close-up lens has become a staple piece of equipment that I carry in my camera bag. A convenient leather case allows for quick storage and retrieval of the Rolleinar, which is useful in many situations.

After aligning the lenses correctly (larger lens on top with dot aligned upwards, smaller lens on bottom in any position) you’re able to focus closer than the camera’s default 40 inches. It’s possible to use this for macro and portraiture photography.

The header image was captured on in a Rolleiflex 3.5 F K4A, equipped with the Rolleinar 1. The f/3.5 limit of the Rolleiflex combined with the extreme depth of field provided by the Rolleinar makes it easy to capture images in striking ways.

Analog Cameras Photography

Rolleiflex 3.5 K4A review with examples from modern film

Earlier this year I had the chance to purchase an excellent-condition Rolleiflex 3.5 (K4A) with full set of filters (coloured, U/V, etc.), a Rolleinar close-up lens, everready case, leather bag, and original papers for a total of $635 AUD ($445) on eBay. It was a great opportunity and an even better deal.

The image-taking mirrors and light sealing in old Rolleiflex cameras can begin to show degradation, so be aware of that if you purchase second-hand or via the internet. The Rolleiflex is largely user-serviceable if you have a general grasp of mechanical repairs and feel comfortable tinkering with mechanics.

My Rolleiflex features a 75 mm f/3.5 Zeiss Tessar lens, and shutter speeds from 1 to 1/500, bulb, and a working self-timer. The lens shows great colours and contrast, and provides sharp images when shot open at f/3.5. The viewing lens makes it easy to focus and compose images, and I do not find myself focusing back and forth excessively.

Digital Photography Reviews

Zeiss 35mm f/2.8 C Biogon T* ZM Review

Whether it’s for work or leisure, the 35 mm focal length feels perfect (to me). It’s tight enough for portraits and photojournalism, while also being wide enough to show the environment around a subject, or to capture an impromptu landscape.

The Zeiss 35 f/2.8 C Biogon T* ZM is a compact, lightweight, and highly reliable 35 mm lens for the Leica platform. Despite originally releasing in March, 2008, images captured with this lens appear to be much more modern in colour rendition and contrast. I prefer the visuals of this lens over my old Canon 35 f/1.4L, which I worked with for two years.

The Zeiss 35’s manual focus is fast and efficient, with just the right amount of glide, and a small tab on the focus ring makes it easy to quickly focus in on a position or subject. When equipped on a camera body this lens has a small form factor, and can conveniently be stowed in a jacket pocket, satchel bag, etc.

Analog Photography Reviews

Shooting Kodak Double-X (Eastman 5222) in Ukraine

Kodak Double-X (otherwise known as Eastman Double-X 5222) is a reliable black-and-white cinema film adapted to suit the 35 mm camera frame size. This film is considerably ‘rare’, and not commonly stocked.

I used this roll of Kodak Double-X during my last trip to Ukraine. Combined with my Leica M3 and Planar 50 f/2.0 I was able to shoot high-contrast scenes and portraits. I developed this roll of Kodak Double-X following my instructions in this blog.

Note that I pushed my film one stop (from 200 to 400), and the development time below reflects 400 speed, not 200. For 200 speed I recommend developing Kodak Double-X for 6:45.


Shooting CineStill 800 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

I spent the beginning of 2017 travelling throughout Malaysia, equipped with only my Hasselblad and Olympus AF-1 Super. My Hasselblad was loaded with Portra 400, while the Olympus was shooting CineStill 800 and Portra 160.

CineStill is a motion picture cinema film, available for both standard 35mm cameras and the 120 format (Medium Format). CineStill is arguably one of the most unique analog consumer films available, offering incredible low light performance and Blade Runner-esque visuals at night.

My Olympus AF-1 allowed me to take fast photos whether inside or outside, at day or night, capturing moments and landscapes that caught my eye. CineStilll’s 800 ISO allowed plenty of range in shadowed areas without overexposing the majority of the frame.