Medium format joy with a budget Rolleiflex

While not quite Leica premium, Rolleiflex is a premium brand. Which means you pay a lot (sometimes too much) for what you get. Any Rollei with a fast lens (2.8 is fast in the medium format world) is expensive. Any recent Rollei is expensive. Rare or collectable Rolleis are stupid expensive.

But older, slower-lensed Rolleis are in the Yashica and Mamiya TLR price range (around £250), so you can experience Rolleiflex joy (and there is joy to be had) at a reasonable price.

Rolleiflex Automat 1
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Sprocket printer – an instant camera alternative

Instant photography is fun

Instant photography is fun. It makes you take a different sort of picture. And Polaroid photos are lovely artefacts in themsleves.

The low-quality lenses and challenging chemistries make the world look like a memory of a dull afternoon in a ’70s childhood.

You need strong compositions and strong colours to overcome the limitations of the medium. You’ll go out searching for a different kind of photo.

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Lightroom panic

So, Adobe aren’t supporting desktop, pay-once for your license Lightroom anymore. I’ve been using Lightroom since 2007. So my first reaction was to panic. I want supported software. I don’t want to pay a subscription.

What do I use instead? I tried the two most promising alternatives, and the new Lightroom.

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