a most successful weekend
last weekend i surpassed myself with buying three cameras at once at a used camera market: 1) mamiya c3, 2) fed-2 in blue, 3) rolleiflex sl2000f, rollei and fed in near new condition, the mamiya very good condition with some dust and glue residuals. besides the purchases on this market i met a bunch of great people and enjoyed the talks. since i was among the very, very few women and younger than 40 the gentlemen were most willing telling me their life stories and offer good prices ;)
here is a test shot taken with the rolleiflex sl200f which might become my favorite 35mm camera. after i figured out how to load the film i started to get amazed by the camera with each click. everything works smooth and easy, the light meter is excellent, the shutter very fast and precise, the handling just great. although i feared to push the shutter accidently, because there are two exposed on each side of the body, it didn't happen. it's absolutely helpful to have a dual viewfinder for eye-level and waist-level, batteries you can buy in every discounter market and changing backs are is easy as abc, even multi-exposures are possible which i miss on many 35mm cameras. there might be too many knobs and levers and wheels and signs on this camera which looks quite complicated in the first place, but after one roll i realized everything useful and practical. i couldn't help myself buying an extra back and the rollei 2.8f 35 on ebay this morning. i am just overwhelmed by this camera. i can't wait to shoot more seriously than a testroll soon.
i only decreased the contrast a little in this picture, because the rollei 400s is a bitchy film with very high contrast that needed to get corrected. no sharpening neither via scan nor lr/ps.
camera: rolleiflex sl2000f
film: rollei 400s (what a bitch)
developer: rodinal+Victor Bezrukov
what do you think?