This summer does not seem to have happened, it has changed from spring to autumn in the blink of an eye. My cameras have not been out of the cabinet. Admittedly, I find myself with a mind set which determines my leisure activity and this year it has not been photographic but engineering based. My thoughts follow the theme of how to fix part A to part B rather than the aesthetic positioning of A with relation to B; so I still have two wall spaces to fill. As a college student, sometime last century, I found I had less time and spare cash to indulge in photography and when my parents downsized after my sisters and I had packed our bags and left home, I had to remove my darkroom equipment and library. I had no storage space and as my interest in photography had waned, I sold it all. I part exchanged my Rolleicord 5b for a Polaroid SX70 because I believed that fitted my new perspective. How wrong I had been in retrospect. I moved on through a range of automatic cameras before rediscovering my past with a Rolleiflex 3.5F. A contented grin has adorned my face ever since.

However, along with my darkroom equipment a paperback book I had regarded as my ‘bible’ had gone also. Periodically I would crave its return but I could not remember the title other than including the word ‘Photography’. It had a picture of a camera lens on the front cover. It was a simple book but with many useful techniques and formulae between soft covers and with much use, the pages had started to fall out.

Camera fairs over a number of years brought nothing. With the internet at my disposal, I set about searching Google Images for ‘Photography’. It sourced any book with a photograph in it. Variations to this title search brought narrower results and I did find one edition of a book which may have been a different edition to what I was looking for; I bought it but no luck. Many hours were spent to no avail. I wished for a long gone local second hand book store to search because that may have given me a clue. This led me to think about internet second hand book stores and I remembered Abe books had brought me success previously. A result of 600 or so books with my search criteria suggested a boring task ahead. On the second page of the list, I recognised the image on the front cover. Success! If at first you don't succeed....


Front Cover: Man in Mosque - Old Delhi by Brian Pearce.

3 In Passing by David Morgan

4 A Wet Hell - Part 2 by Dáithí ó Scannláin

6 Margaret River Area, Western Australia by Mike Anson

7 Always take great care when loading film by Raymund Livesey

8 Infrared Film by Danny McClure

10 Liverpool Cathedral 1966 by Paul Gates

11 Have you tried solarisation? by Paul Gates

13 Jottings by Peter Manley

14 The Ascent of Lanin Volcano by Carlos M. Freaza

20 Club Rollei Postal Competition 2017

29 Your Forum

30 Notices, For Sale and Wanted

Rear Cover: The Rising Sun and Daily Walk to School by Wulf Koehler

Rolleimarin Housing information requested.

by John Wild

I am researching the production of Rolleimarin housings and ask if anybody has one or a friend who has one and can give me the following details: – Serial number; – Which model/camera (see below) it is for; – The internal dimensions of the housing opening/lid – this was made deeper (front to back) at some point and we are […]

Club Rollei User – Issue 46

by John Wild

Shouldn’t technology just work? Well not for John as he battles with the printer that makes pulling together a magazine just that little bit harder. He has still managed to find some time to buy a new camera though!

Two Head Studio Flash Equipment

by Donald Neale

I have two head Studio Flash equipment I wish to sell. A list of all the items is available and can be posted to any interested person! The kit is quite comprehensive and I am looking for a quote of £199.00 ono! I am quite willing to negotiate. Buyer collects! – Reply to the post […]

How do I value/sell a Rolleicord Type1

by Brian Hall

I have a Rolleicord, (inherited from a relative), and am considering selling it. Could you advise me on any reliable routes for valuation/sale? I believe it is a Type 1, details as follows: Serial No:1167865 with 75mm, f3.5 Ziotar lens, Zeiss Jena Compur Rapide. The camera is in excellent condition/working order and has original, virtually […]

Club Rollei User – Issue 45

by John Wild
CRU Issue 45 Cover

Bosham proves to be a photo lovers dream with not only stunning scenes for the taking, but many galleries showcasing the skills of some well known photographers. John shares his favourite galleries and considers his collection.

Club Rollei User – Issue 44

by John Wild

Waders and waterproof tripods are the order of the day in Bosham… That is not the only thing coming back into fashion in Issue 44 of Club Rollei User.

Club Rollei User – Issue 43

by John Wild

Autumn and Winter have flown by and the weather has not provided the best opportunities for photography. At least a pump and a white wall can be reliable fodder for the frustrated photographer!

Club Rollei User – Issue 42

by John Wild

John takes advantage of being stranded in Bosham to capture some twilight photos… The skill is being in the right place at the right time for the photo opportunity and also so you don’t flood your car!

Club Rollei User – Issue 41

by John Wild
"Alina" by Carlos Manuel Freaza

John takes his Rollei equipment on an outing in Worcester. Find out about his ‘successful’ trip and see the surviving photos on the back cover of the magazine.

Peter Moyse

by David Morgan

It is with deep sadness that we record the passing of Peter Moyse quite suddenly on 27th April 2016 following a heart attack.