I do not know where the first quarter of this year has gone. I have had my attention drawn to so many small tasks, flitting from one to the other, that I have not noticed the days, weeks and months passing by.

In January I acquired a half frame Olympus Pen F SLR in a SAS auction - a camera which had fascinated me since I first started my photography. I have sent it to Newton Ellis for a clean and check over and am waiting for its return.

I have also been keeping an eye out for darkroom equipment for a newly formed A-Level darkroom at my son's school. It is good for a purchaser but very disappointing for a seller that prices for certain originally expensive equipment have fallen to virtually nothing now.

I purchased a Philips PCS 130/150 6x7 enlarger with tricolour head for £0.99 (originally in 1979, circa £500) for the school and a Rolleivision 35 Twin Digital P complete with twin Schneider zoom lenses (over £1000 in 1990), also for £0.99 for me. Both items were local so there was no additional carriage cost.

A good friend of mine goes to car-boot sales and buys many items because he is amazed by the low price he has to pay. He does not really want these items, nor does he need them, nor does he have the space but "they are a good price"! I am not like him, but I will look for a good deal for something I want. I invariably find that I will buy something for a good price, but then a few days later, the same product will go on Ebay for not much more than £0.99. I regret not having been more patient, but at what point do you decide that a good price is on the table and you are unlikely to find something at a lower price?

The same works the other way, when it comes to selling something; at what price do you let it go because you are unlikely to find anyone willing to buy it for more? But someone somewhere will buy an identical item at considerably more than you achieved for yours...


Front Cover: "Awaiting the Catch" by Danny McClure.
3 In Passing by David Morgan
4 Our Trip to Germany by Mike and Sue Anson
10 A Riverside Walk in Castleconnel, County Limerick by Dáithí ó Scannláin
14 The Greater Fool Theory
16 Panoramas with a Rolleiflex SL66SE by John Wild
18 DHW Insolvency Auction
22 Photographic Mirrors, Care and Maintenance by David Morgan
23 More Tales from a Suffolk Studio by Steve Barnham
23 Matin Slide Film Cutter
24 The Pre-War 127 Rolleiflex in Practical Use by David Morgan
26 Your Forum
27 Rollei Film Supplies
28 Of Rolleiflexes, Splott and a Swap by Pete Davis
Rear Cover: Haworth High Street, Yorkshire, by John Wild

Club Rollei User – Issue 36

by John Wild
Spiders Web by Philip Warren

John is enjoying his winter photography. Even so, he began Spring cleaning early by giving his Rollei 35S an overhaul. The results were well worth the effort. The next club meet is in April in Bradford and he looks forward to seeing many of you there.

Club Rollei User – Issue 35

by John Wild
Poppies at the Tower of London

20,000 Negatives catalogued and with a matching contact print collected over 50 years. How quickly would you collect that many photos in the digital age and is it better?

Club Postal Competition Awards 2014

by John Wild
'In Flanders Fields' - Denis Camp

Remembrance… In memory of the many men, women and children from all nations who lost their lives during the First and Second World Wars.

Club Rollei User – Issue 34

by John Wild
St George (Marble Arch, London)  by Peter Moyse

John’s son Toby completes the channel swim and raised over £10,000 for TCT. With all the training and waiting it proved a great opportunity to use all that out of date film. The results create some ‘period’ results.

Club Rollei User – Issue 33

by John Wild
Sissinghurst by Peter Moyse - Rolleiflex 2.8F

The recent biannual club meeting in Kent prompted thoughts as to the best camera to take on such outings. John’s choice was the TLR with this issue showcasing some of his and others work. He also recovers some film from a jammed Nikonos for use in his Baby 35T.

Club Rollei User – Issue 32

by John Wild
Just Fishing by Anthony Sandles

John is frustrated by the Murphy’s law of camera market fairs… When you want it, you can’t find it! The floods come to Bosham, is he prepared to risk his Rollei to get some photos?

Club Rollei User – Issue 31

by John Wild
"A Walk in Winter" by Peter Moyse

The Rolleivision 66 AV audiovisual system proves to be a challenging project as John continues to gather manuals and translations to make it work. Maybe a lecture by Dr Brian May will help?

Club Rollei User – Issue 30

by John Wild
Mica Drying Lagoon, Carluddon. 1990's by Harry Kitchen.

John travels to Photographica in Germany to find a Rolleivision 66 audio visual kit… getting it home is only half the challenge. He also experiments with some 20+ year old Agfapan film to varying degrees of success.

Club Rollei User – Issue 29

by John Wild
1953 Press Photo:  Lotte Hass on expedition to explore the Caribbean

John has had some holidays over the last couple of months and laments the time that the internet has stolen from him.

2.8F versus 2.8E2?

by David Morgan
Would you choose this over the 2.8E2?

With the 2.8F being one of the top 3 cameras amongst our members (by ownership) is Pearlman’s inferred criticism of it enough to deter the Rollei buyer