I stumbled across the Rolleiflex SL66 E when looking to buy a Hasselblad 500C. I was weighing up whether the 500C (and it’s lenses) could do what I wanted from the camera and the answer was no so I settled for a Mamiya M645 1000S with a fast Mamiya Sekor 80mm f1.9 lens. I got the Mamiya 645 then only days later I discovered the Rollei SL66 / SL66E. On paper it appeared to be the holy grail of cameras and unlike most others I knew of. The two striking features for me were (1) the lens could be tilted to give a tilt shift style look and more similar to what is seen with large format cameras and (2), every lens can be mounted in reverse to become a macro lens! Brilliant! I couldn’t believe my luck on this discovery and bought one from eBay just hours later. Vintage film cameras hold their value quite well so if I didn’t like it I could just sell it again.
The Rolleiflex SL66 E was manufactured between 1982 and 1992 and is a 6×6 format medium format film camera that comes with a Carl Zeiss Planar 80mm 2.8 HFT lens. It has a waist level viewfinder (which I prefer) and also a light meter though it doesn’t work on my camera. This is fine as I prefer to meter manually.
My first chance to use the Rollei SL66E was with model Nella. Here I used 120 Fomapan 400 film and developed in 1:150 Rodinal. I tend not to read manuals but once I had shot 12 exposures and it continued to take pictures I got a little worried. It turned out that the gearing in the film back was not always turning as I cocked the shutter resulting in an film overlap issue. Here are some sample images
I was gutted about the overlap issue and had big ideas for this cameras so got myself a spare Rollei film back. The next shoot was a 3 day London portrait photography workshop with models Gina and Katie. I was counting the exposures and no more overlap problem. Great! I still await the colour film to return from the lab and have only developed one roll of B&W film so far but here are a few sample images. Katie on 120 Kodak Tri-X 400@1600 in 1:150 Rodinal.
The Rolleiflex SL66E is much heavier than my 6×6 ARAX-CM (Kiev 88) but I love the ability to tilt the lens. At last I can do selective focus photos again and it takes me back to my freelensing days with the Nikon D800.
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Leica M cameras are my workhorse tools for all types of photography, both digital Leica cameras and Leica film cameras. I also use medium format cameras such as Hasselblad and Mamiya (+ 4×5 large format cameras) and develop my film in house. The majority of the blog content is either Leica M camera related or film photography. I photograph people; models, fashion, lifestyle, wedding photography so most of my photography is portraits, experimenting with various cameras, lenses and films. The digital Leica M240 camera is my do everything digital M camera but I shoot film whenever possible.
Hi, I started this blog page in March 2013 after my Flickr followers keep asking me to share some of my thoughts. To give you a brief background, my photography began in 2008 after getting a Panasonic Lumix TZ5 for Christmas. Today I have a lot of cameras and offer Photography Tuition to those who often get paid for their work. Besides teaching, I shoot as a Wedding Photographer and Model Photographer. I am 100% self taught so thought a blog would be a great way to share some of the things I have learnt so far. At the end of 2012 I started to develop a passion for Film Photography and in the summer of 2013 I bought my first Leica camera. I am now officially a Leica nut and use a digital Leica M240 and M8 plus Leica M3s, M2, M4-P and M6 film cameras for most of my photography. This includes Leica wedding photography, Leica lifestyle photography and Leica fashion / model photography. I also enjoy using medium format film cameras such as the amazing Hasselblad 501C 6×6 camera (my main medium format film camera), Fuji GF670, Rolleiflex SL66E, Mamiya RZ67 Pro2 to name a few and 4×5 large format film using a 1947 Pacemaker Speed Graphic and Sinar F2. In 2014 I started to teach portrait photography and lighting in London running monthly group photography workshops. Currently I teach photography on 1-2-1 basis providing 1-2-1 photography tuition (normally with a model) on location, often in London if on location and in the UK, from my Coventry UK studio or overseas such as New York, Zurich and Amsterdam.
Destination Leica Wedding Photographer
Leica Wedding Photographer offering desination Wedding Photography both in the UK and overseas. Natural documentary style wedding photography fused with stylised wedding portraits. As a Leica photographer I like to work quietly as an observer in the background and photograph by available light where possible. I use both digital and film Leica cameras but my passion is film photography.
Traditional Film Wedding Photographer UK
Film wedding photographer that still prefers film cameras in the digital era. I use 35mm Leica film cameras, medium format Hasselblad cameras and large format film cameras. If you appreciate film photography as much as I do then I would be delighted to cover your wedding. You may have already booked a wedding photographer but like the idea of a few special images shot on film? I would be happy to oblige!
Engagement photography is very rewarding and I enjoy working with a couple to create natural yet stylised images using a aray of cameras to give you as set of unique looking images. E-sessions are invaluable for giving couples experience in front of the cameras ahead of their wedding day and it gives us a chance to get to know each other too.
Large Format Portrait Photographer
Large format camera portrait session that gives one of a kind photos. 4×5 format sheet film images and instant Polaroid photos. I fuse my model photography experience with my passion for film photography.
Leica Lifestyle Photographer
I have realised from how I direct my model shoots that I am in fact a lifestyle photographer. Posing often everyday people in everyday situations to look very natural. I have not yet branded myself as a lifestyle photographer but it may be a route I take in the future as this style comes very naturally to me and I find it easy to work closely with my clients to get the best from the images. If you are looking for new and creative photos for your social media site, blog, website or business then do get in touch.
Studio based model photographer in Coventry specialising in black and white female portraiture using both digital and film cameras. I help new models build a model portfolio and regularly collaborate with model agencies and published models in the UK, Europe and the US.
UK Photography Workshops
I provide 1-2-1 photography tuition and lighting workshops from my Coventry studio and on location. I will help you to understand light and your camera to enhance your photography. Through 2014 I was running London photography workshops teaching small groups of photographers how to work with a professional model on location. Currently I focus on providing 1-2-1 tuition rather than teaching groups both here in the UK and overseas.
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