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Rolleiflex3.5F / Low life flex 3.5F type4


2005.03.03

Two-lens reflex camera "Low Life Flex 2F type3.5"

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Here are my favorite cameras. The first is Low Life Flex.

Rollei introduced the twin-lens reflex camera in 2. There is also a current model, a camera with a long history of many secret users.
 The feature that can be easily seen from a twin-lens reflex camera is that there are two lenses on the top and bottom.The lower lens is the take lens for shooting, and the upper lens is the view lens for preview.The light incident from the view lens forms an image with a size of 2mmx2mm, which is the same size as the film, on the matte surface at the top of the camera.It can be said that it is a luxurious specification with another large lens for the viewfinder.

  The format of the photo is square, which makes it difficult to take pictures of architecture, but once the composition is decided, it will be a well-proportioned, tight image.
 The internal structure is extremely precise.All its functions are composed of mecha.It is a truly luxurious and skillful structure that is impossible in the present day when electronic technology is advanced. 
However, this camera is big and heavy. It is painful to carry around everyday. After all, when pursuing convenience, economy and practicality, realistic options converge on digital cameras. In fact, the opportunity to use is overwhelmingly digital cameras. Why is this camera still used?
 From the conclusion, it's fun.At the time of shooting, look into the focus hood in a bowing posture.The beautiful image that spreads there is more like looking at a single picture than a viewfinder.This was a shocking experience for me, who used to use a single-lens reflex camera.It's fun and I just point the camera in various directions.
 The beauty of the medium format positive finish with the Zeiss lens is also incomparable to the 35mm camera.The response to the shutter release and the small noise of "Koto".The feeling of a crank that winds a film.The click feeling of the dial.Anyway, it's creepy.It cannot be tasted with a single-lens reflex camera with a large mirror shock or a digital camera with a fake shutter sound.The operation, mechanism and function are all felt as a realistic response.
 When I usually manipulate CAD and CG and immerse myself in the virtual world, I wonder if it is a reaction to it, and this genuine orientation becomes even more pleasant.Anyway, it is a camera that you can enjoy not only the finish of the picture but also the act of taking a picture.

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