MG Camera

MG Camera is a small shop at neighbor city Jundiai, 50 kilometers from Sao Paulo. It was opened in 1977 and now is run by Renato, the founder´s son.

I found this place on an ad at Mercado Livre (the “South-American Ebay”). He has several Rolleiflex for sale, most of them needing some minor maintenance. Even a Tele-Rolleiflex and a Contarex with some lenses.

Rolleiflex at Playboy Magazine

Rolleiflex appeared at March Playboy magazine on the hands of Valentina Francavilla a Italian-born model now on her thirties.

They made her look like the comic book character Valentina (created by Guido Crepax), a female photographer often involved in sexual adventures.

So it´s natural that on most of the pictures appears some kind of camera (please be advised that the following pictures involve female nudity). Here, here and here she holds a Hasselblad; here she looks like using a large format camera, here a Rolleiflex, here a Hassel again, here Rolleiflex again and here is a making of where Rolleiflex also appears.

Update: And here one last picture.

Links for Rollei

This site is in German Language, but there are some very interesting pictures for Rolleiflex users.

Rolleiflex factory.

Special Edition Rolleiflex 2.8 GX. Here too.

More from Vivian Maier.

More from Eva Besnyö.

Short History of Rolleiflex.

Rolleiusers group at Yahoo.

Rolleiclub is as far as I know the biggest Rolleiflex database.

More at Optimar

Everytime I go to Optimar I spend at leat two hours talking to Ms. Yeda. She has always something interesting to show: old or new pictures (mostly from her family), old magazines, photobooks, etc.

Last time she showed me some of their cameras like these two Rolleiflexes, both with Planar Lenses: at left is a 2.8F with prismatic viewfinder and at right is a 3.5F with Tele Mutar 1.5x.

Exacta Varex IIA with three lenses: Zeiss 50 mm f/2.8.

Zeiss Flektogon 25 mm f/4.

And Meyer Goerlitz 400 mm f/5.6 with shoulder strap.

A Bolex 16 mm movie camera with Kern Switar 17-85 lens in perfect condition.

Bolex 8 mm movie camera (working).

Cosina Super-8 boxed.

Kodak 16 mm movie camera working smothly.

Keystone 16mm projector (not working – so far).

More Books and Cameras

Speaking about books, a few time ago I decided to develope my films (B&W and chrome only; no color negative). So I bought the book “Formulario Fotografico” by Reinhard Viebig that brings most known formulas for film development. I got it used and cost me 5 US dollars (shipping included). Back cover is all white.

“Cameras Classicas” by Mario Bock gives technical and historical details of some classic cameras. As far as I know it is the only book in portuguese language about this subject.

My friend Andrade Mendes (the “dream fridge” guy) sent me this picture of photo books and his lovely Leica M3 and Hasselblad 500.

But I think he wouldn´t mind if I post a few more pictures I downloaded from his flickr.

Leica M4-P, M3, III and M8 along with more photo books.

I love this picture: The Three Amigos (Rolleiflex 2.8F with Planar 80 mm f/2.8; Wide Rolleiflex with Distagon 55 mm f/4; Tele Rollei with Sonnar 135 mm f/4). Not to mention some Rollei photos behind the cameras.

More info regarding Tele and Wide Rolleiflex here.

And below, more of his Rolleiflex colection. Top shelf: Rolleicord, Rolleiflex 2.8E, 2.8C, 2.8D and another 2.8C. Bottom shelf: Rolleiflex 3.5F with Tele Mutar 1.5x, 3.5E, 3.5D and 3.5A with a very strange focus knob.

More info about all Rollei models here.

Photo Club

Last Wednesday I went at Foto Cine Clube Bandeirante (FCCB) founded in 1939.

Untill a few years ago they have a huge lab and lots of enlargers for members, but not anymore. Fortunatelly they kept film photography classes.

This is the entry room. This day they have organized a photo tour so there was around one hundred photographers.

I have no idea what the heck this bike was doing there. But the large format camera was a decorative item.

There was also an exhibition and one photo was from Mr. German Lorca.

Here his picture holding a Rolleiflex.