Quest for a Rolleiflex…

Owning a working Rolleiflex has always been a dream of mine.  I have a Yashica 365 and a Rolleicord.  The Yashica works but the Rolleicord is great for looks only.  Now I’ve never really taken photos with a TLR except for the Yashica.  I’ve been strictly a digital format  photographer.  Anyone that knows me knows I have a thing for collecting cameras.  I have been gathering vintage cameras for over 25 years now.  Wow.  That’s a long time.  I didn’t realize that it was that long until I actually wrote it.  I started collecting when I was in high school.  My mom would take me to swap meets and I would pick up one or two when I went not really knowing their value or age.  Just liked the way it looked and that it was old. Eventually I started looking for specific ones after I had gotten more into photography.  Being an architect shifted my focus on photographing buildings but I’ve always been interested in street photography, urban photography and landscape photography.  And I’ve always wanted to try taking pics with a Rolleiflex.  I’m not an intense collector that is always looking.  It’s more like it comes and goes in phases.  Last year I was on a polaroid kick.  But that’s for another blog.  I had been casually looking on Ebay and ran across a gray Rolleiflex.  Some people called it a baby Rollei.  Apparently it’s a 4×4 and was made sometime from 1957 – 1963.  There where a few models but it looks like the gray was the last of the line.  Finding a working one is the challenge.  Finding a working one that is relatively cheap is next to impossible.  I don’t know if this will be my first working Rolleiflex.  But it definitely a possibility.  I almost had one on Ebay but got out bid at the last minute.  The quest continues….

Camera bag dilemma – Crumpler vs Kata

As some of you may know I have been going through a camera bag crisis.  More like a dilemma.  Lately it has become an obsession.  Trying to find the right bag that will fit everything, be comfortable, not be too big, etc….is like finding the holy grail as many photographers will know.  I thought I narrowed it down to the Kata R-103 but then I started looking at the Crumpler bags again.  I really like my Crumpler 7 million dollar bag but for day hikes and trips it’s not going to work.  So I started to look at their backpacks.  I was almost sure that the Crumpler Whickey and Cox was the one until I saw the Crumpler Italian Connection.  Now trying to figure out the different Crumpler models can be very confusing.  There are the US/Australian models and the European models.  Unfortunately for me the Italian Connection is a European model.  Unless I plan on visiting the UK any time in the near future the only way I will be able to get my hands on one of these bags is through Ebay.  Which means I will have to buy it first before testing it out.  Not really my style since I like to see things first before really buying it especially on something that is a big purchase.  Crumpler Italian Connection Backpack - Cedar/Red

So the dilemma continues.  I’m glad I didn’t just buy the Kata bag although I did like how it felt when I tried it on.  I think the Crumpler Italian Connection will work better for my needs.  I just wish I could find a retailer around here that had it.

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