I used to be an avid watcher of Ebay. I would scout for items that I thought I wanted virtually every day, tracking bidding on some items to see, I told myself, what the going prices were and maybe, when nobody was looking, to place a bid. I have now found that I have lost interest because I have virtually everything I have ever wished I had and any that I do not have are probably more than I want to spend. I guess soon I will become an Ebay vendor rather than a purchaser and hope that I can sell no longer wanted possessions for more than I paid.

There was an interesting article (read it here) in the Daily Mail on 20th April by Ray Connolly. It is an article that I totally sympathise with, that "We all risk losing our most precious memories". His comments are not directed specifically, although mainly, towards photographs but also towards vinyl records and books. He refers to the touch, the feel, the smell and the physical ownership of treasured possessions and the memories associated with their ownership.

In our modern times, where ownership is solely of a string of zeros and ones stored in a damage prone format, such that we cannot actually see our array of valuable memories that future generations will not be able to decipher, if indeed the data survives that long. Books, that have their covers torn and stained, tell their own story. Vinyl records that have suffered from a splash of beer and now crackle whenever the needle passes over bring back memories of a wonderful party. By storing music and books in electronic format, all one's memories can be totally destroyed in a nano second by a careless drop onto the floor or a splash of beer. They can be lost if a tablet computer is left on a train, or if some uncaring person takes a liking to what is not theirs but yours. You can go out and buy another tablet but you cannot buy back those memories.

As a young child, I had a 78 rpm gramophone record -"I Tawt I Taw A Puddy Tat" with Tweety the canary and his nemesis Sylvester the cat. It was very brittle, as I found out when it shattered into many pieces when I trod on it. I was distraught. That memory is of a specific loss which I can recount vividly, not only of what I'd lost, but of how I'd lost it and of my distress at loosing it. If it had been a tablet computer with many memories, I could never recount what I had actually lost. We live in a disposable world, things soon have no value, something better is the new must have.

We cannot afford to lose our whole life's memories because future family generations will never know what our life was like, how we enjoyed ourselves and how we cared about our loved ones. But there is hope, vinyl records are making a comeback, let's hope that film does not disappear for ever.

It has been mentioned in the German press that a new company, DW Photo GmbH, registered on 25th June 2015 will be based in the DHW/Rollei premises in Braunschweig. It is not yet clear what they will produce, some suggest TLRs, some say the Hy6 and 6008.


Front Cover: "Katy takes the Biscuit" by Michael Coles.
3 In Passing by David Morgan
4 Kunststück.of by Volker Muth
8 Mike Anson's Sundowners - views from my verandah and elsewhere
12 Ainsley Harriott's Rolleiflex
13 Postal Auction No.11 results
14 The Ridley Mill Wheel by Philip Warren A.R.P.S.
18 From the National Media Museum Archives
20 Close Focusing and Parallax by David Morgan and John Wild
28 Your Forum
30 E6 Colour Reversal Processing by David Morgan
31 Rollei Circular Tripod Head 1957 by Carlos M. Freaza
31 Harry Kitchen's Chuckle Corner
Rear Cover: Local panoramas by John Wild

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?

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.