I bought a 1959 Rolleiflex 3.5 F Planar camera a while back. This sweet very good condition Camera had recently been CLA’d at Nippon Clinic in Manhattan where the camera had a good going over and all was made right. I started shooting the camera a while back and I was shooting with Fuji Acros 120mm black and white film. For those of you who are unaware of this amazing film, well rush out and buy it NOW! its a 100 ISO film so sorta slow but great for good day light.
What makes it so special is that it has remarkable sharpness and super long tonal range, and has the ability to capture super subtle tonal values. It’s a great film for scanning. It’s one of the best films for shooting the Zeiss Planar lens on the Rolleiflex 3.5 F.
Zeiss lens in the Rolleiflex are special indeed, and are famous for their special qualities and tack sharp capturing of images in film. The image quality in a Zeiss medium format lens like this Planar, is second to none.
I like to shoot my Rolleiflex and use the built in light meter as its calibrated to the camera and is spot on. The scans are so lush and sweet.
Taking the time to slow down and compose this camera is a wonder. it really brings you back to why I became a photographer in the first place back in 1975!
again, Film is king for certain things and shooting with this Rolleiflex and Zeiss lens is an experience second to none!