The Lunchtime Portraits

The Lunchtime Portraits

Workers for the Bodleian Library renovation team breaking for lunch on the stairs of the Clarendon Building, Broad Street, Oxford.

*  Rolleiflex 2,8F Planar  *
*  Ilford FP4 Plus  *
*  Developed in Kodak TMax  *
*  Epson V500 scanner  *
*  Photoshop CS6  *

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Test Subjects | The Lunchtime Portraits

Test Subjects | The Lunchtime Portraits

I have a friend who swears by the Rolleiflex 6000 series cameras, so when I found myself with an opportunity to try one, I did. It was, indeed, an impressive camera; solidly built, with great features. Like slipping into the driver’s seat of a Cadillac. A big draw to the camera was the built in metering system, so I put away the spot meter for my test rolls and used the camera’s readings. They were right on. The optics are Zeiss, my favorite, and the camera’s size didn’t differ dramatically from my twin lens cameras.

I am a lover of mechanical film cameras, though, and this camera was too electronic for me. In particular, the film advance is motorized and quite noisy. As much as I appreciate the 6003 as a professional’s camera, a tool engineered for spectacular results, I do wish it had been designed with a hand crank. In the end, my quiet, simple, non-electric cameras remain a better fit for me.

* Rolleiflex 6003 Professional *
* Rollei Planar PQS 2.8/80mm *
* Ilford FP4 Plus *
* Developed in Kodak TMax *
* Epson V500 scanner *
* Photoshop CS6 *

www.DavidStumpp.com