My Rolleiflex and my father

February 03, 2020  •  Leave a Comment

1257781_frontMy 1954 Rolleiflex Automat K4

My father loved photography and passed that love to me early, when I would go into the bathroom, turned into darkroom, to witness the magic of images surfacing in the bath of developer.  He submitted a really incredible image of his to a competition and won a prize - a very nice Rolleiflex - in 1958.   This was the camera that he used to take my baby pictures - and I still have the negatives of those baby pictures... beautiful 6x6 negatives, mostly in excellent condition. 

scan047_webMy father with his Rolleiflex taking a selfie. My mother here was 20 and was pregnant with me This is the image my father won a prize with and how he received a Rolleiflex

Late last year I took a course on Film Photography and used the camera my father had when he did in 2002, which is now mine.  This 35mm Olympus OM-1 is gorgeous and the Zuiko lenses are wonderful, but I still had the lust of possessing a Rolleiflex.  Ebay offered me an array of choices and I picked up a circa-1954 Rolleiflex Automat in great condition! I replaced the mirror and the glass focusing glass and the camera works perfectly.  It even works with remote flashes.  I am happy with it and I plan to use it for special projects this year.  
 

Lexie photographed with my Rolleflex and studio flashes Lexie photographed with my Rolleflex and studio flashes


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