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Old 03-22-2007   #1
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Wow - look at our new toy! A TLR Forum!!!

A TLR forum - thanks, Stephen!
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Old 03-22-2007   #2
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Now I need to go shoot more with my Yashicamat.
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Yeah! Thank you, Stephen.
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Shock and Awe. Got to trot out armed with a TLR. Oh, joy.
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Here's one from last week with a 2.8E. Not art, but I found the 'contrast' in shops interesting.

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Old 03-22-2007   #7
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I like, Mike, I like...

Well, it's off to find my Autocord...maybe.


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Old 03-22-2007   #8
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Oh boy! Now I can fill up my gallery with more shots like these!
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Thumbs up I like it here!

Great! Thank you, thank you thank you!

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So happy to see this, never thought it would happen since this is the RFF.But with so many here also devotees to the twin lens variety ,it is only fitting. Thanks so much .
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Old 03-23-2007   #11
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Haaaa!

Well, I guess I don't have to prove myself to the rebels now.

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OK, this was a nice surprise this morning.

I added the phrase "A TLR Forum!!!" to the title of this thread, as it is the official announcement of the new forum. This way everyone viewing the front page will know the topic. I also did a search for "TLR" and moved all specific historic threads that I saw, by title, to the TLR forum, which now has some life.
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Old 03-23-2007   #13
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This is my favourite, my most-treasured TLR since I bought it from Dreilly in September:



And this is what it does. I have a CrapScanner, though: the prints are sublime as far as clarity and colour go.....



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Wooo hoo! I just got notification that my new (to me) TLR is sitting in the mailroom!!!

Cant wait to join you folks!

Oh its a Yashicaflex by the way, purchased from a forum member :P
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This is an interesting development.

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Thanks for the new forum. Now I have to find my 3x3 negs.

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I got it at a garage sale for $5. My 9-year-old was just asking a couple nights ago if we could get some film for it? She's been intrigued by it for a long time now. I might have to track down a roll of 120 film.
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Jeepers, Lynn, I shoulda kept that! Great colors!

But I'm satisfied with my simple Rolleicord III. I think I'm the only one to ever use it, it's seriously like new. Usually the IIIs look all beat up with use. This one still has it's prime of life ahead of it.

I have a Rolleiflex xenar model that I'm trying to rehabilitate. It's all good except for cutting some new skin for it, then it's up for sale. Truth be told, I love the simplicity and light-weightness of the 'cord.

Incidentally, the attached pic was shot with my Sony R1. With the top-mounted LCD, it's about the most TLR-like camera I've found. Though I guess I'd say Hassy-like since it's a more horizontal than vertical camera, but I don't shoot Hassies so I won't!
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aint life grand, thanks to the responsible parties.





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I have a diacord as well and agree that it's an underated gem.


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I guess I'd better start scanning some negs. BRB
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Wonderful to see this. My first serious MF was a Yashica MAT 124 G. I really loved that camera. A larger negative and a built in light meter, and it wasn't too heavy for me. What not to like until I got a 6x7? I also have a couple of others but don't really use them. Maybe it's time. And, like others, I can now load some 6x6 in the gallery.

I also really enjoyed seeing some of the photos in this thread, both the cameras and the results of using them. Really nice!

Thanks for the new forum!!!
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I can add to this gallery now:

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My TLR's

Well, since many others are showing their TLR's, I thought I would to. They are in my gallery, and the links are below ( or the thumbnails or whatever shows up ).

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The only one I have ever used is the Rollieflex. Some day I will try the Reflekta and but probably not the Rediflex. Wish I had used the Schnapps-O-Flex. sigh

I also have a Yashicamat D but sadly it doesn't work. Really like to see the photos of other TLR's. Some look really great, not all used up like mine.
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Hmmm, I used my semi-resurrected Mamiya C3 for a roll on the Equinox shoot. If (big if) the camera worked after my repairs, then I will show one of the results here. Plus a pic of the thing too of course.
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Wow cool. I have a new forum to flood with shots from the rolleicord
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Old 03-23-2007   #29
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Yay!

The Rollei 2.8F:



Two with the Rollei from the past month:



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Melanie: Zowie! I didn't know (okay, I forgot, all right?) you were packing square-format stuff. Nice pics, too. I might need to stay away from this thread for a while...


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Melanie - The picture of that dog of yours... the facial expression is priceless! Like a stand-up comedian... "Didja hear the one about the cat from Yonkers...?" Give that dog a cigar, and he'd be George Burns. Terrific photo.
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Melanie.. your image of that dog just about jumps off the screen. Wonderful example to show what these cameras can do.
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Melanie, your picture of the dog knocks my socks off (actually, I'm not wearing socks as I just got up, it's just the first figure of speech that popped into my head).

This could easily grace the cover of the next AKC magazine. And it does, indeed, show what a Rolleiflex is capable of. Also, was it printed on Agfa paper? There's a slight brown tone...
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Melanie, great eyes on that dog. Yellow irises I assume. The back-lighting in combination with shallow DOF makes it pop off the screen. Well done.
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Melanie, Gotta join the chorus about the shot of your dog. It's a wowser of bowser!

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The new forum is wonderful! Thank you Stephen.

To celebrate here's a little TLR art:



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If memory serves, those are not the first pictures Melanie has posted from her Rollei - past efforts were also eye-popping.

Gene - really cool. Nice work.
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Hurrah!!! An excellent addition to this forum...heres my yashica 635...enjoy
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Nice work Gene! Nice work everyone actually...those are some beautiful photos. It really IS hip to be square.

A few shots from my very trusty Yashicamat, from a Roman holiday and a friend's birthday. TLRs are great for street photography, unweildy but somehow subtle.

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Hey Ted -- thanks. The image I posted is a scan of a negative. I toned it in Photoshop, which is why it looks kind of brown. I like for photos to look a little bit warm most of the time. I don't actually like Solo's expression in that photo so much as he's listening to something off to his right (note the cocked ears) and as a result, he looks like his mind has wandered off a bit and his eyes are a bit blank. But he is fun to take pictures of since he always looks handsome.


(another Rollei photo)

He's also fun to photograph because he is excellent at posing. I can get him to sit, stand, look straight at me and cock his ears, look back over his shoulder, whatever. One of the reasons I have a million pictures of Solo and very few of Fly (my other Border Collie) is that she's hopeless at posing, unlike Solo.


(not a Rollei photo, but I'm taking a Rollei photo in the picture)

As Frank noted, Solo has yellow eyes (they are green-gold, and very feral) so they show up really well in black and white. Actually, red Border Collies are quite ideal canine subjects for black and white photographs, light enough for detail to show up, with nice markings that people find aesthetically pleasing, and yellow eyes that pop.

Solo's a big part of the reason that I started taking photographs to begin with. Like some humans, he looks great in every photo I take of him, including the photos that in and of themselves are crappy photos. When you have such a reliable subject, taking photos is a pleasure.
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