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Posted 4/8/2018

The Journey Continues

 Its been a while since Ive added something to this blog - a fair bit to report so you can catchup on my photographic musings here in New Zealand.

Two developments to report. The Rollei Kit is nearly complete with a wonderful selection of glass from 35mm through to the stellar Schneider 150mm - I can't go any longer due to Im at the maximum bellows tens with the 150mm.

The case now houses a Rodenstock Apo-Grandagon 35mm f4.5, Sinar Digital 55mm f4.5, Nikkor SW 75mm f4.5, Schneider Symmuar 100mm f5.6, Schneider Kreuznach 150mm f5.6, A Rodenstock Ysaron 135mm f4.5 enlarging lens mounted to a flange plate and finally a real oddity a  1890ish  Busch's Vademecum set kit which gives various focal lengths - See instruction images and same Image below.


With the Aptus II  attached to the sliding back with a 4x magnifier, composition and focus is super easy in the field. MultiClam Cube HeadunitMultiClam Cube HeadunitNotice the Multiflex Cube Tripod head - full nodal yawing for the Rollei - awesome head unit.


And around August I finally managed to source a Medium Format body within budget that would take my Aptus back.


So enter a Mamiya AFD II which lucky came with a 35, 50 Shift, 80 and 105 ~ 210 Zoom - my back just clips straight on and were off.


After doing some lens tests at my favourite lens testing church (actually my second favourite because my church is closed for earthquake strengthening) I came away rather pleased with the crispness of the Mamiya class. Well done guys!


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Medium Format Ponderings

Posted 19/12/2017

Well here in Timaru Ive managed to Adapt a Beautiful Hasselblad SWC to allow a CV back to fit above the tripod plate - Had to make a sneaky wee extender that lowered the plate to allow room for the back with a battery to fit. As we know we can't not use a tripod for our wok can we.

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Up Date Time

Posted 30/4/2017

Well Ive gone and done it!

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X-Act2 Part Two!

Posted 2/3/2016

Part two of the story..............

 Once you start something like this it appears to become all encompassing and you find you need extra bits and pieces to make it all come together. The next item of desire was something a bit wider than the stable of lenses I have - I have a 90, 150, 270 etc with plenty of coverage, plus a selection of enlarging lenses which have proved to be extremely good performers.

Then arrived the Schneider 47mm, which is just amazing - but alas is unable to fit the Rollei and provide infinity focusing without some sort of extra solution.

Im on the hunt for an original Rollei rear bellows unit, clearly not common as I have cast the net very widely- Globally and encountered some extremely helpful and nice people and some others who are clearly there to just rip you off!.


Rollei USA is a great site and Eric there has been extremely helpful (rollei us) They have solutions and pieces available, but the current exchange rate is a bit of a killer from my end. - But on Eric's blog he mentioned that you can also use the Novoflex Lens adapters on the Rollei, and thus I have ordered from the awesome B&H the appropriate recessed lens panel and eagerly await it's arrival. - Dammit, just been told by B&H it won't arrive State Side till late March.


This image was taken by Nathan Wright of Ohm-Image

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The Rollei X-Act2 Journey

Images from the Rollei X-Act2