Rolleiflex Portrait Examples...

Discussion in 'Medium Format' started by greg_allum, Sep 25, 2007.

  1. I'm thinking of purchasing a rolleiflex 2.8, just looking for some examples of
    some portraits. I shoot in BW and can't find many examples online.

    Also how different are Hasselblads from Rollei's? IS hasselblad a complete step
    up or just a different look?


  2. Hello,
    Here are examples of photos taken with a Rolleiflex T:
  3. A second one :
  4. Hasselblad is a different type of camera that shoots the same film, square and the same
    quality. Hasselblad is a single lens reflex and has interchangeable lenses as well as film
    magazines. A 2.8 Rollei has one non interchangeable lens and focuses through another
    lens. Hasselblad is not a step up just a different approach. Before you invest the money
    in either perhaps a bit more research or a trip to a used camera store to handle the

    Steve Pyke does a lot of portraiture with a Rollei TLR and you will find it sometimes in The
    New Yorker magazine....

    For more Rollei work you can look at Irving Penn, Helmut Newton, David Bailey, Richard
    Avedon and many more.
  5. Check out rollei potraits of one of my favorite photographers, Irving Penn. His published work is available at public linraries or on-line. I think photographer Bill Brandt may have used a rollei. And Imogen Cummingham.
  6. Greg,
    Are you familiar with Richard Avedon, Irving Penn, Cecil Beaton, David Bailey, Bruce Weber,
    Bert Stern, Robert Doisneau, Clifford Coffin, or Helmut Newton?

    For more current work, try Flickr:
  7. Thanks for the images,
    What rollei is that?
    A TLR? 2.8e or 2.8f? Also what film did you use?

  8. wow...thanks for the all the replies, I'm a big fan of Bailey, Newton and Beaton.

    I, myself, shoot with Nikon FM3A's and specialise in portraits in the music industry mainly so am looking to expand and considering medium format, just finance is an issue. Hasselblad seem to be the top of the range, but theres something about Rollei's that i'm attracted to.

    check out my work and see what you think

    Rollei's could be the way forward ?

  9. The great Rolleiflex artists in my humble opinion were Horst and Helmut Newton -- look at their portraits and you'll see what a Rolleiflex can do!
  10. it


    As Bill said, Irving Penn.
  11. cpj


    All the above mentioned photographers, Richard Avedon, Irving Penn, Cecil Beaton, David
    Bailey, Bruce Weber, Bert Stern, Robert Doisneau, Clifford Coffin, and Helmut Newton used
    Rolleiflex TLR's as did Diane Arbus and "art" photographer just getting attention now
    nearly 40 years after her death, and Dickey Chapelle, noted female photojournalist who
    covered the Vietnam War with a Rollei in the jungle. Richard Avedon the famous fashion
    photographer did all his spectacular work with a Rolleiflex F.

    In the late 1950s to early to mid-1960's 80% of the daily newspaper photographers in
    America went through the transition from 4x5 Speed Graphic to 6x6 and the Rolleiflex
    before the Nikon SLR eventually dominated photojournalism for many years.

    You can't go wrong with a Rolleiflex if you had to pick one camera and one lens.
  12. All the photographers mentioned also used Rolleiflexes, along with a host of other cameras.

    When looking at great photographers, concentrate on the person.
    That's what made them great photographers, their photos great photographs.
    Not the cameras they might have used.
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    - Børre Ludvigsen
  14. cpj


    All the photographers mentioned also used Rolleiflexes, along with a host of other cameras.
  15. cpj


    Some of those great photographers captured their images on film, too!
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  17. Since you're in the UK, also check out the work of Bill Brandt. He used the Rolleiflex for most
    of his portrait work and fine art stuff as well.
  18. Mike Kovacs,

    Great capture, mate!

  19. I am 72 years old and have been doing my B & W developing on and off since age 12. Using Rollie 2.8D since 1972 and recently got a 2.8E2. Also have best Nikon money can buy as well as others. After all these years and 100's of photos, just realized that all my best work came from Rollie. The Rollie has made me look like a much better photographer, hands down.
  20. Tom, I have a Nikon D200 and so many film cameras I've lost count; but just recently got a Rolleiflex .. now, how much fun is that! I simply love the way this camera works, feels and takes pictures .. amazing in this day of digital ease that the Rolleiflex survives.. it is truly a remarkable camera and I'm looking for a 2nd one as my kids have discovered it and they take all my neat cameras
  21. I use hasseblad, rolleiflex 2.8F planar and 2.8c schneider. and also 35mm a leica m6.

    I fell a closer bond in the way I take picture with my leica and rollei than with the hasseblad. its kind of stealthy and does literally make no more noise than the lensshutter, and rather than pointing the camera at you object, almost like an opponent with hasseblad, you kind of lurk with your rollei. I dont know this is just my feeling.

    though, to reload film with rollei takes longer than with a hasselblad I think it is really fun to use!

    one thing i dont like with the rollei is the way you alter shutter speed and apperture size, you have to small wheels on each side of the view lens, and these can be sticky on old cameras and theyre kind of small and yeah they look cool but theyre not very convienient at all..

    anyway rolleiflex is a really fun camera to work with.
    try it out!


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