I wish I knew where the time went; I was determined to make an early start compiling this issue, but once again I have been burning the midnight oil to catch up...
I outline a basic plan for the next issue and how much space I will allocate to each article. This plan, with the best of intention, starts neatly written - not for long - I have many scraps of paper, scrawled with 'memory joggers' that come into my head when I am waiting at a train crossing or traffic lights. Many idle hours can be spent around Chichester, day dreaming, at the closed gates or at the local highways department's determination to cause as much disruption to the traffic flow as possible with incessant red lights.
The problem, if I can call it a problem, is that this issue changed direction once I received an article from Jim Graves. I do not blame Jim, in fact I am very grateful to him, because as much as he enjoys writing (I hope!), I enjoy including his anecdotes because I am confident that you enjoy reading them. His article was the catalyst for a new direction. Having rearranged my listings, I will be able to keep the unused articles for another issue; but please do not 'dry up' on me, I need all the articles and photos that you can send in. Old cuttings or magazines too, they can be the source of valuable material, bringing back memories of times gone by.
I find this with my photography too, I must find a topic, whether it be broad like "Autumn" or specific like "Oak Leaves" to 'seed' my creativity. I also use my camera as a subject finder; a wide angle lens demands a different type of subject to a telephoto. I cannot go out with the intention of swapping lenses (zoom) to suit my position; I prefer to walk the camera to a more advantageous location.
Recently, in Amateur Photographer - this brings me onto my 'favourite' topic, digital - there was an article about memory cards for cameras; is the most expensive the best? The point that made me groan a little more, is that in the time it takes you to fill up a card, the card technology has moved on; capacity becomes larger and the access speed faster. It soon becomes evident that your expensive camera is no longer able to handle the latest card technology, neither able to write to nor read from. I have come close to experiencing this when I wanted a new card for my Canon 400D recently. I had difficulty finding a 'slow' 4Gb card. 4Gb is about the smallest still available and the largest my camera can take. So soon, my digital camera will just become a plastic ornament.
Front Cover: Quinn by John Wild L.R.P.S.
3 Your Forum - continued on P.24
4 rollei.org.uk Update by Andrew Dodson
5 The Rolleiflex Optical Flat Glass by David Morgan
6 Santorini by Denis Camp A.R.P.S.
10 The Rollei Creative Edition - www.maco.de
12 The Trespass Trail Memorial Plaque by Jim Graves
14 Visit to the Bradford National Media Museum
15 The Gay Photographer by George Grossmith
16 Architecture from around York by David Morgan
20 All the Fun of the Fair by Jim Graves
21 Photographica 2011 by David Morgan
22 Reader's Photos - continued on P.19 and P.24
25 Graflex Century Graphic by John Wild L.R.P.S.
30 Old Films Revisited by APDOO
27 Dealers and Processing Labs
28 The Rollei 35 Series by David Morgan
Back Cover: Photos by Ken Roberts