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November 2, 2008

I'm trying to learn how to use the Rolleiflex 6006 that I picked up yesterday from layby. It is proving to be a difficult experience and I don't feel very confident with this sophisticated machinery. I have trouble loading the film, charging the battery, using the built-in light meter, and even taking shots. Unbelievable.


In between the above trial and tribulations I stumbled upon this interesting photoblog entitled Paper Cameras run by Amanda Gilligan in Sydney known for her Mocking Bird weblog and Monmartere photoblog. Paper Cameras is a film photography blog, and for the last week or so the focus has been on Polaroid images with interviews with photographers who continue to use this kind of film.

I've only ever used a Polaroid once or twice and I have no desire to try to attempt to acquire the Polaroid back for the Rollei 6006. I understand that the SX-70 (or Time Zero) film had a strong following from artists who used it for image manipulation.

I am surprised by the continued use of Polaroid, since the company has discontinuing production of its instant film, Polaroid no longer manufactures its instant cameras, and it is closing its factories in the United States, Mexico and the Netherlands. So the instant film is no longer being made. End of an era thanks to the shift to digital. People must getting down to their last packs of film in their fridges by now. What to do then?

Is this work showcased on Paper Cameras a mourning for the passing of this iconic medium? Or is nostalgia for an era becoming history?

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 8:54 AM | | Comments (6)


What a great new acquisition, congratulations! Composing in square format is so much fun, I also love using these viewfinders. It's a completely different to photographing with a DSLR, you work at a much slower pace thinking about the composition more.
I guess it's got an inbuilt light meter? And it's got batteries that can be recharged?
Keep using it and you'll feel comfortable with it in no time.

yes, it has an inbuilt light meter and batteries that can be recharged. Also extra backs, lens and extension tubes. It took me several months to pay the layby off.The batteries need repacking--one has just been done, the other needs doing. Without them the camera is an expensive doorstop and you cannot buy new batteries for the 6006. Since I cannot afford to buy one of these cameras new it is repacking the battery or nothing.

I used the 6006 yesterday down at Port Adelaide----hand held. I still used a hand held light meter as I am not sure about Rollei's thru-the lens metering, which looks to be pretty basic (just over or under exposure). I started becoming comfortable with the camera after one roll of film, then, half way through the second roll, the camera went onto rapid shoot mode and gobbled up the second half the film in seconds I was most distressed and gave up using it.

The 6006 is very different to my 1960 Rollei TLR. The latter allows more instinctive/intuitive shooting, whilst the former is more flexible in terms of lens, backs and close up rings. They are not equivalent.

Is the camera still giving you trouble?

I'm learning how to use it through studio work and walking the streets. It is a matter of getting to know the machine.

it may not be the end of Polaroid film

it may not be the end of Polaroid film