David and I hope you have had an enjoyable seasonal holiday and we extend our best wishes to you for 2016.

You will notice that this issue is number 40; ten years since David and I took over from Ian Parker. Looking back, the early issues had less pages and a larger font size to fill those pages! We have come on a long way since 2006 and the success and continuation of the magazine is all down to you, our readers.

Your input is invaluable. There have been times of material drought and other times when there has been plenty. I am confident that, with periodic encouragement, there will be much more to keep us going for the years ahead. Thank you for your continued enthusiasm and support.

I enjoy putting the magazine together, although interruptions from my workplace colleagues keep me sufficiently distracted but they do give me ideas for future issues. I also owe a debt of thanks to Sha and Annie for typing up your hand written letters and proof reading my atrocious grammar and spelling (even with spelling checker turned on) showing that I did not achieve good marks in my school English.

In the north of England, this winter has been dismal and many have suffered severe damage and misery from flood waters. As I am writing this, New York is experiencing severe snow storms. On the south coast we have fared much better but the ground is very soggy and the prospect of having my camera soaked by a sudden downpour has left me no choice but to leave photography till the spring. You may read into this that I do not like venturing out into the inclement Sussex countryside, but then, you are free to interpret as you wish.

Nostalgia is something that I am certain everyone experiences from time to time and whilst researching for the magazine, I 'bump' into things from the past that I had completely forgotten about. When my parents down sized, they threw away virtually all the family photographs that would have been a joy for my sisters and I to look through now. I can understand why they did so from a storage point of view but I enjoy looking through my old photos and contact prints, long since forgotten. Even the ones considered a complete disaster at the time have captured a split second in my life which I wanted to record for posterity but they did not turn out as I had hoped. I have boxes and boxes of those, in fact probably 98% of my photographs fall into that category, but I still will not throw them away.

Contents

  • Front Cover: "Tiger" by Michael Coles.
  • 3 In Passing by David Morgan
  • 4 A photo experience at Chichester Cathedral - Part 3 by Dáithí ó Scannláin
  • 8 Rollei 35mm projectors by David Morgan
  • 15 Your Forum
  • 16 On the Tele-Rolleiflex by Krill Chneerov
  • 20 Kodak Professional Image Enhancement Plug-ins
  • 22 Pictures from Luxor by Nick Histone
  • 26 A bit of nostalgia by John Wild
  • 30 Looking back by David Morgan
  • 30 At last...
  • 31 Sentimental Reasons by Patrick McCoole
  • Rear Cover: Pastoral by Peter Moyse and Eynsford by Anne Cooper

Club Rollei User – Issue 39

by Andrew Dodson
"Four" by Philip Warren A.R.P.S
Winner of the Postal Competition 2015

DW Photo GmbH opened in May with some good demand for their products. John is also interested in your anecdotes and classic photos to keep the magazine full and published quarterly…well at least 4 times a year.

Club Rollei User – Issue 38

by John Wild
"Katy take the Biscuit" by Michael Coles

John questions whether the digitalisation of practically everything is cheapening our memories. Physical items have a history and provide insight into the time that item was owned and used. Perhaps the return of vinyl records will be the start of a resurgence of other physical items that are now all but digitalised… bring back film!

Club Rollei User – Issue 37

by John Wild
"Awaiting the Catch" by Danny McClure

John explores the market for camera bargains and continues to be amazed at the price erosion for what were once expensive items. Good Price today may not be a good price tomorrow. Who is the greater fool?

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?

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