Club Rollei User – Issue 35

by John Wild on 23 December 2014

As I write this, the clocks have now gone back one hour and I have a roll of colour transparency film in my SL66 to finish so that I can use some of the photos in this issue - and it is overcast, but not raining… Night time shots are non the worse for cloud; the weather is set to change to fair. Decisions, decisions... decision made; no more space!

I will always harp on about my dislike of digital, although I have some ‘pocket compact’ digitals and a Canon 400D SLR. For me, they do have their uses; photos to send in emails and quick illustrative ‘snaps’ to use in the magazine. I have a few hundred, possibly too many hundreds of images, which if I lose through corruption or hardware failure, I will not have sleepless nights over. I do have, at the last estimate, about 20,000 negatives/transparencies stored in folders with their respective contact print – some digitally produced. I have been taking photos for about 50 years. My father used to say I was ‘trigger happy’!

One of my sons-in-law recently mentioned that he is uploading his image files to the ‘cloud’ for safe storage. He has been using a camera for about five years. He told me that he has been uploading continuously for two months from one disk drive. He has a second disk to upload when the first one has finished. Each drive is one terabyte. He has 30,000 images per drive and the program uploads 700 to 800 files per day. Whilst on safari a couple of years ago, he took 3,000 images – “just keep pressing the shutter button, it doesn’t cost anything!”

To me, that says it all. Digital images cost nothing once the equipment has been paid for. There is no need to think about a shot; if you take enough, hopefully one will turn out OK. The biggest downside of that ethos is firstly, you have to file/catalogue all the images and secondly, you have to back them up regularly so that you do not lose anything through failure. To be extra safe, you backup the backup. Then you have to catalogue the backups!

Apparently, my other my son-in-law has a much larger quantity. I’m quite happy with my 20,000 mole hill; but that is slowly getting bigger and bigger…

Front Cover: "Poppies at the Tower of London" by Samantha Corbett
3 Rollei Independent Accessories by David Morgan
4 Classic Rolleis used in Recent Advertising
5 Battery Supply by David Morgan
5 Camera Repairers and For Sale
6 Rolleiflex UK - Interview with Paul Lamb
8 Photokina 2014 by Emmanuel Bigler
12 The Bosham Gallery
12 Postal Auction results
13 Film Supply by David Morgan
14 A walk about at Bridgetown Priory - part 3 by Dáithí ó Scannláin
17 "Informal Portrait" by Michael Coles
18 Rollei Meeting in Bosham by John Wild
19 Using the DHW Rolleiflex 2.8FX and Rollei 35S by John Wild and David Morgan
21 Postal Competition Entries
Rear Cover: "Double Autumn Rainbow" by Sha Wild

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