My Rolleiflex is out of action indefinitely, and I’ve been itching to shoot a TLR. The only other real TLR i have is the Super Ricohflex. Even though it’s not quite a leap, in a sense, I need a field test on this thing. I’ve never really tested it thoroughly ever since I worked on the shutter about a year ago. I loaded it with fake HP5+ (Ultrafine Xtreme 400) and gave it a shot, or well, 12 shots.
The lens performs well, even though it’s ‘just’ an 8cm f3.5 Anastigmat.
Now, you may say this photo is blurry, I can’t help it that every time I take a photo someone decides to move. Besides, I think this is back-focused, I better set up a target and adjust it later. However, the main point of this photo is the classic bokeh produced by the near round aperture blades, something the Rolleiflex doesn’t have.
It is capable of taking beautiful photos, as you can see. I have to do something about that focusing screen, maybe I will grind a new one. The original screen is clean and clear, and smooth actually, but just no where bright enough for how I like to shoot.
It’s capable alright, but I still didn’t get a hang on shooting this camera yet, so far it’s a little, to morbidly awkward for me – the placements of the controls.
Well looks like I got a little work to do and some getting used to, and I’ll be just fine.
- Super Ricohflex
- Fake HP5 +
- XTOL 1+1 Rotary
17 thoughts on “Super Ricohflex”
not bad. Get out your polishing compound, I guess. Did you figure out the focusing issue? Looks like this has the potential to be super sharp.
I will look in a bit. Fairly easy to do.
What happened to the Rolleiflex? I LIke the way the Ultrafine Extreme looks, but it seems that it attracts dust (positive ionization?) and the emulsion is relatively soft.
The primary drive spring is broken in shutter.
Emulsion on that film is not thin its about normal. If anything the Kentmere is thinner. I think.
I am not so positive on the ionization, everything attracts dust in my room. I blow it off before and in-between scans
I meant that the Ultrafine emulsion seems soft to me (relative to the Kentmere 100 and the Delta 400), so it seems to scratch easily – it may well be just as thick. I keep wondering what a hardening fixer would do to films like that, but haven’t done any research on it…
I really thought it’s thick, the emulsion, i never have problem with scratches with that film, weird!
Very nice! Even if you can’t fix it, you can find suitable subjects and push the disadvantage to the extreme, like making a aesthetic point.
Its done. Wasn’t that far off. I think its just the subject moving. But I had to double check. Everything is 100% correct now.
does rollei not hv round aperture? what do they hv… 5 bladed diaphragm??
damnnn i need to shoot my TLR too…. but getting 120 processed here is so expensive now
btw u should vist my xanga a bit… xanga is probably shutting down in a week or so
My rollei was like 5. I should visit then. Why shut down?
apparently too few ppl r using it… they can’t pay for the serve $$$ i guess
Time to move!
The swirly bokeh is crazy.
That brokeh is probably a combination of the rounded aperture blades and the old anastigmat. Thank you for dropping by!
Yeah, so far I’ve only seen those in images from the old Leica engineered lenses. It looks very interesting, but also distracting. My pleasure, your blog has genuinely interesting content.
Thank you sir.