Rolleiflex 3.5F Planar – New Year in Italy 1: Picinisco-Rome (TLR Tuesday Review No. 4)

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Picinisco fountain
This is the fourth in my series of photographic reviews of my Twin Lens Reflex cameras.

This time, I was using my Rolleiflex 3.5F Planar, for the first time, on a trip to Italy just after Christmas and around New Year 2017.

Luigi
This first film is taken in Picinisco, with a roll of llford FP4.

For many years the Rolleiflex 2.8F Planar had been my favourite and one of my only TLR cameras. I took it to Italy many times. I still love it. But it works out quite a bit heavier and larger than the 3.5F Planar, which is only about half a stop slower. So I decided to finally find myself a nice 3.5F Planar for travelling.

Market stall
This was its first travel. A week in Italy over New Year.

Picinisco, church and tree
I ended up taking 8 rolls of 120 film with it. Mostly black and white, but a few colour and a couple of slide films.

The tree of Picinisco framing the view
I shall split them over 3 blogs. This one, Part 1, featuring these photos from Picinisco, then a day trip to just outside Rome. Part 2 will just be photos around my ‘borgata’ of Colleruta, and part 3 a trip to the southern town of Pozzuoli and the volcano.

The camera served me perfectly in Italy. I’m not going to say any more about it in this blog, or show you photos of it. I shall save that for part 2 or 3. I’m about to start a big trial at work, so less writing and more letting the photos do the talking this time….

The next film (below) was taken at the gardens of the Renaissance Villa d’Este in Tivoli, just outside Rome – with the famous fountains. We weny there before lunch one day…

In the shot above, there was some difficult lighting so I decided to shoot into the sun for greater dramatic effect.

These were also take with a roll of Ilford FP4.

Then we headed off for lunch and a quick walk around nearby Hadrian’s Villa (Villa Adriana).

In the lift from the car park
This was shot with a roll of Kodak port 400 colour negative film. I would have probably preferred to keep using black and white film, but had run out, taking more in the morning than I expected. So I switched the colour on!

The shot above was taken outside a restaurant were we had lunch. I loved the lighting, and the Rollei 3.5F picked up the detail superbly.

Block of flats
Villa Adriana
I really enjoyed our brief trip to Villa Adriana. It’s more of a ruined city complex than Villa, and there is a marvellous model of how it was planned originally. Great social and rational planning. Emperor Hadrian was clearly a great visionary – I must study him more.

The Rollei 3.5F was a perfect companion on the trip. I didn’t use another camera, or want for one. Please come back for {Part 2 to see some more shots taken with it during this trip.

As usual, visit my flickr album to see higher resolution files of these photographs here.
Thanks for looking
Nick

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