Thursday, September 30, 2010

Self portrait at Whiting Beach, near Taronga (Rolleiflex 3.5F) - and holding the Contax IIa

Rolleiflex 3.5F and Ektachrome E100G

Self portrait with Rolleiflex, Whiting Beach, near Taronga

Contax IIa and Sonnar 50mm f2 with Kodak Elite Chrome 100 slide film

Blue Mountains: Fortress Ridge, near Leura

Leica R7 and Kodak Elite Chrome slide film

Blue Mountains: Fortress Ridge, near Leura

Leica R7 and Kodak Elite Chrome slide film

Blue Mountains: Fortress Ridge, near Leura

Leica R7 and Kodak Elite Chrome slide film

Blue Mountains: Fortress Ridge, near Leura

Leica R7 and Kodak Elite Chrome slide film

Blue Mountains: Fortress Ridge, near Leura

Leica R7 and Kodak Elite Chrome slide film

Blue Mountains: Fortress Ridge, near Leura

Leica R7 and Kodak Elite Chrome slide film

Blue Mountains: Fortress Ridge, near Leura

Leica R7 and Kodak Elite Chrome slide film

Blue Mountains: Fortress Ridge, near Leura

Leica R7 and Kodak Elite Chrome slide film

Blue Mountains: Fortress Ridge, near Leura

Leica R7 and Kodak Elite Chrome slide film

Blue Mountains: Fortress Ridge, near Leura

Leica R7 and Kodak Elite Chrome slide film

Monday, September 27, 2010

Blue Mountains: Fortress Ridge, near Leura

Leica R7 and Kodak Elite Chrome slide film

Blue Mountains: Fortress Ridge, near Leura

Blue Mountains: Fortress Ridge, near Leura

Blue Mountains: Fortress Ridge, near Leura

Blue Mountains: Fortress Ridge, near Leura

Leica R7 and Kodak Elite Chrome slide film

Blue Mountains: Fortress Ridge, near Leura

Leica R7 and Kodak Elite Chrome slide film

Trying out the Rolleiflex 3.5F with Fuji Acros 100 - Watsons Bay

Sydney Harbour Bridge walkway


Sydney Harbour Bridge walkway, originally uploaded by jiulong.

Contax IIa and Fuji Neopan Acros 100

MacCallum Pool, Cremorne Point, Sydney

Contax IIa and Fuji Neopan Acros 100

MacCallum Pool, Cremorne Point, Sydney

Contax IIa and Fuji Neopan Acros 100

MacCallum Pool, Cremorne Point, Sydney

Contax IIa and Fuji Neopan Acros 100

MacCallum Pool, Cremorne


img547, originally uploaded by jiulong.

Contax IIa and Fuji Neopan Acros 100

MacCallum Pool, Cremorne


img549, originally uploaded by jiulong.

Contax IIa and Fuji Neopan Acros 100

MacCallum Pool, Cremorne


img546, originally uploaded by jiulong.

Contax IIa and Fuji Neopan Acros 100

MacCallum Pool, Cremorne


img550, originally uploaded by jiulong.

Contax IIa and Fuji Neopan Acros 100

MacCallum Pool, Cremorne Point, Sydney

Contax IIa and Fuji Neopan Acros 100

MacCallum Pool, Cremorne Point, Sydney

Contax IIa and Fuji Neopan Acros 100

MacCallum Pool, Cremorne Point, Sydney

Contax IIa and Fuji Neopan Acros 100

MacCallum Pool, Cremorne Point, Sydney

Contax IIa and Fuji Neopan Acros 100

MacCallum Pool, Cremorne Point, Sydney

Contax IIa and Fuji Neopan Acros 100

Andrew off to school


Andrew off to school, originally uploaded by jiulong.

Contax IIa and Fuji Neopan Acros 100

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Sydney Harbour Bridge walkway


Sydney Harbour Bridge walkway, originally uploaded by jiulong.

Digital pic by Ricoh GX100

Leitz Wetzlar Trinovid 10 x 40 binoculars - 122m 1000m

I just got these binoculars off ebay from a guy in Germany for a very reasonable price (maybe because the ad was all in German). Leica binoculars sell for ridiculous prices - thousands of dollars - , so I feel lucky to have got these for just a few hundred bucks. I read a rave review about them by a guy called Ken Rockwell. The reality is that the Trinovids are even better than he describes them in some respects, but they have a few drawbacks that he glosses over. The main thing is they are TINY, and it seems weird that such dinkly binos can have such power - I keep looking at them with amazement and disbelief. They are also very bright, and of course Leica sharp, with an excellent field of view. The downsides are that being 10x, they are affected by shake. Other minuses are their poor eye relief, and also the poor close focusing. But I can live with those minor setbacks - they really are an amazing set of binoculars - especially as they are 1960s/70s vintage.

Leitz Wetzlar Trinovid 10 x 40 binoculars - 122m 1000m

Sydney Harbour Bridge walkway


Sydney Harbour Bridge walkway, originally uploaded by jiulong.

Digital pic by Ricoh GX100

Friday, September 24, 2010

The Rolleiflex 3.5F is the perfect portrait camera

I just like this picture on so many levels. I lightened up their faces in Photoshop as they were a little in the shade.

I may need to change the name of this blog to In Sydney with an old Rolleiflex ...

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

First impressions of the new Rolleiflex 3.5F

This was my first full weekend with the Rolleiflex 3.5F, now with lens hood. I drove out to the Blue Mountains on a wonderful sunny spring Saturday morning. I was intending to walk to Lockley Pylon, near Leura, but I got lost en route, and ended up walking along a track called Fortress Ridge, which was almost as nice, if a bit creepy (I was terrified of being bitten by a snake for some reason). After that short walk, I returned to Leura and visited Sublime Point, where these pictures were taken. All done with Kodak E100G Ektachrome slide film.
The verdict? Well, I am most impressed, but perhaps I have been spoiled by having the Rolleicord working for some years. These pictures look great, but they are not a quantum leap above those of the cord. Maybe thr flex will perform better in low light and wide open. Nonetheless, I am still happy with the pics from the Rolleiflex. The Zeiss Planar lens seems to have a little more warmth and less sharpness than the Xenotar lens on my Rolleicord - or is it just me?

Sublime Point, near Leura, Blue Mountains, (Sydney)

Rolleiflex 3.5F test Fortress Ridge, Blue Mountains

Kodak E100G

Rolleiflex 3.5F test Sublime Point, Blue Mountains

Kodak E100G slide film.

Rolleiflex 3.5F test Sublime Point, Blue Mountains

This was my first full weekend with the Rolleiflex 3.5F, now with hood. I drove out to the Blue Mountains on a wonderful sunny spring Saturday morning. I was intending to walk to Lockley Pylon, near Leura, but I got lost en route, and ended up walking along a track called Fortress Ridge, which was almost as nice, if a bit creepy (I was terrified of being bitten by a snake for some reason). After that short walk, I returned to Leura and visited Sublime Point, wherre these pictures were taken. All done with Kodak E100G Ektachrome slide film.

Rolleiflex 3.5F test -Sublime Point, Blue Mountains

Monday, September 20, 2010

Olympus Trip interlude, by Paul, age 11


Gold rush theme day, St Pats, originally uploaded by jiulong.

My 11-year old son Paul bought a $5 Olympus Trip 35 camera at Rozelle Market on Sunday. I put a cheap Chinese B&W film in it for him to practice. These are the results from his school Gold Mining era incursion day - he developed them himself in the kitchen, with my help. Brilliant!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Sublime Point, Blue Mountains


Sublime Point, Blue Mountains, originally uploaded by jiulong.

Leica R7, 90mm lens, Fuji Neopan Acros 100 B&W film

Sublime Point near Leura, Blue Mountains


img353, originally uploaded by jiulong.

Sublime point picnic hut - Leica R7 and 90mm


img361, originally uploaded by jiulong.

Sublime Point, Blue Mountains


Sublime Point, Blue Mountains, originally uploaded by jiulong.

Leica R7 and 28mm

Rolleiflex 3.5 test - me at Sublime Point, Blue Mountains


Sublime Point, Blue Mountains, originally uploaded by jiulong.