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I got a Rolleiflex

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After borrowing Matteo’s medium format camera all summer long I needed to make my own purchase. And after many hours searching for used cameras on all the usual sites like B&H and eBay. Finally I found a great little one on the KEH site, based out of Atlanta. And so I started shooting away and piling up rolls of film. I was using it at very important events, like my father’s wedding, meeting my friend’s new human (above) and reuniting with my 6th grade boyfriend. But I had not been able to process any of the rolls until now so I wasn’t even sure if it worked.

But to my excited delight, it does. And I am in love with it. It is so much fun to shoot, the shutter is almost inaudible and you look really cool with it and therefore get lots of comments from those who see you with it. To add to my excitement, I also bought a scanner a CanoScan 8800. I am still learning how to tweak it but I think it will be fine for my needs.

I am definitely testing the boundaries with this camera though, as I don’t like tri-pods… so I hand hold it at very slow shutter speeds and with high iso film. The results vary… I think you have to be arty to appreciate some of them or just not mind the blur.

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About the author paige green

Paige Green is a documentary and portrait photographer, whose storytelling approach to photography frequently addresses issues involving agriculture, land use, and food. Her work is featured in nine books and has been published in Glamour, National Geographic Traveler, New York Times Magazine, Conde Nast Traveler, GQ, Country Living, House Beautiful, and Culture. Paige lives in Petaluma, CA with a house full of boys.

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7 Comments

  1. so, I opened up your blog and literately jumped to see such a giant picture of me. Glad you got the film developed and love it. Did you get the pic I sent of you using the camera?

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  2. Rollei made some great TLRs (I learned photography on my Dad’s Rollei E2)and having a waist-level finder and separate lenses for viewing and taking the picture is a real change-of-pace if you’re used to eye-level SLRs.

    Prices vary widely depending on model, particularly lens, and overall condition. If you can’t find one in your price range, Yashica made some fine med-format TLRs too and they’re usually more affordably priced. Another interesting TLR option is the Seagull line which is available new. Finally, for some real interesting and unpredictable results, the Holga and Lomographic Diana are classics.


    Henry Posner
    B&H Photo-Video

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  3. Reidville

    My son Jeremy has kept up with your blog and website and sent me the address to read the first pages of your book on Reidville. Interesting. Will it be available for purchase?

    Joyce King

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  4. what with the agnieska look?

    eh eh

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  5. […] are my Montana friends. The baby, Margot, and the mom, Nici, were here just over a year ago and their portrait on the beach was one of the first portraits I did with my Rollei. It was love at first sight (of the Rollei […]

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  6. […] am happy to announce that my beloved Rollei now has a new sister. Her name is Mamiya 7. Well, she is not new. I am her third owner, according […]

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  7. […] am happy to announce that my beloved Rollei now has a new sister. Her name is Mamiya 7. Well, she is not new. I am her third owner, according […]

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