I must apologise for not having changed the issue number nor month on the last magazine, although I did remember to change the contents, as you will have noticed!

I don’t know where the time has gone since I sent out the last magazine! I have spent every Saturday and Sunday since the beginning of May taking my son to Dover harbour for him to train in preparation for his participation in a cross Channel relay swim with five of his school friends to raise money for Teenage Cancer Trust. They successfully completed their swim on 8th July in a time of thirteen hours and thirteen minutes – not bad! What is fantastic, is that they raised in excess of £10,000 for the TCT.

These outings gave me a chance to dust off an assortment of my cameras – not all Rolleis I should add – and use them to fill my time whilst they were training; to start with in a water temperature of 10.5°C. Fortunately for them, it rose to about 16°C for the actual swim.

Using well out dated colour negative film in some of my ‘obsolete’ cameras brought mixed results by way of colour cast, sensitivity and grain. I had bought some Kodacolor II 126 cartridges, dated 1979, from Photographica a couple of years ago. I had tried a couple of cartridges previously but they showed nothing except for a faint image of the numbers from the backing paper. Had they become fogged by excessive heat or security X-ray machines? Naturally, I did not take any of these with me! I did however take my Rolleiflex SL26 with a 126 Agfacolor dated 2000, my 6×13 Heidoscop with an Ektachrome 100 Plus dated 1999 and my Minox ‘spy’ camera with Minocolor dated 2007. The results on the whole would have benefitted from a little more exposure, and they had a blue cast. Removing this in Photoshop was relatively easy but they still have noticeable ‘muted’ period colours that I had all but forgotten about. Had the team been wearing swimming costumes from the 1970’s, viewers would have believed the photos could well have been taken all that time ago!

I had planned to write this piece whilst I was waiting at Dover, on swim day, for the safe return of the team. We had risen from our camp site at 02.00 – we had to be at the quayside at 03.30; they were due to leave at 04.00, just before dawn.

Once the first swimmer had disappeared into the darkness, it was time for a cup of coffee and to watch the dawn break. It was a bit overcast, so there was no dramatic sunrise to photograph. The sun did come out later that morning and it turned out to be a very hot day which offered no opportunity to sit down and press keys on my computer. Unfortunately it did rain later but I managed to take plenty of photos with my Rolleiflex 3003, a camera that I forget how much I enjoy using – but then that applies to most of my Rolleis!

  • Front Cover: St George by Peter Moyse
  • 3 Rollei films and papers
  • 4 Holly Ground by Harry Kitchen
  • 5 In Passing by David Morgan and Wanted
  • 6 Prototype Rolleiflex 3003 digital camera
  • 7 Photos by Michael Coles
  • 8 My first Leica by Jim Graves
  • 9 Sectioned Zeiss lenses
  • 10 Your Forum
  • 12 Rolleiflex 3003 power supply by J. Wild
  • 14 Leitz daylight developing tank
  • 16 Letter from Paris by David Beake
  • 18 Rollei Mikro-Tubus and Mikro-Prisma
  • 19 Dubrovnik by Denis Camp A.R.P.S.
  • 23 Various items and For Sale
  • 24 Faultless enlargements by C. Albrand
  • 28 127 film supply by Jim Hurtle
  • 30 Zonal heresies by Harry Kitchen
  • 31 Vivian Meyer
  • Rear Cover: Selsey Shoreline by J. Wild


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

Club Rollei User – Issue 28

by John Wild
Winter Woods by Danny McClure 
Camera: Rolleiflex Automat

When you are in the right place at the right time, having the right (any) camera at the ready is also very important… what is that camera? John also considers the longevity of cameras and cars as we march forward into 2013

Club Rollei User – Issue 27

by John Wild
"Today's Catch" by Ian Parker - Winner of the Club Postal Competition 2012
Rollei Powerflex 470 at telephoto equivalent of 196 mm on 35mm camera

The weather provides a great opportunity to take the underwater camera out in Bosham… but a simple slip and you can lose all those hard earned photos.

Club Rollei User – Issue 26

by John Wild
Rolleimarin No. 504
now restored - photo by Franz Rothbrust
with a superimposed photo of the group on the beach at Tossa de Mar by Sid Machen
Oriol Riba, Andrés Clarós, Lothar Seveke, Wolfgang Blank (seated), Christian Jeanrond, Jean Grepinet and Franz Rothbrust

In this issue, it may appear that we have ceased to be a Rollei camera magazine and instead have become a sub-aquatic magazine. Scuba diving and underwater photography are now common place, but not many years ago, the concept of underwater diving and underwater photography was limited to a handful of people. It had become […]

A Little Giant Called Harry

by Jim Graves
Rollei 35SE

The life of a Rollei 35SE… coincided nicely with the birth of Jim’s Grandson.