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#1 redgrouper

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Posted 06 July 2011 - 01:51 AM

I have recently acquired a Rolleimarin IV + Rolleiflex 3.5F in exceptional condition. I have tested it in a swimming pool at 3m and did not see the hint of a problem.
I intend to take it down to approx. 30m for my summer dives and could use a bit of advice.

1. Film, I intend to go for 400 asa films and try a buit of B&W as well as Colour

2. Light meter, there is no light meter on the camera, I have seen a few Sekonic Marine on e-bay, would that be a good choice?

3. Flash, the original flash came with the housing but it looks like a disposable bulb flash. Is there any way to find these anymore? Alternatively, are there any more modern flash that would fit such an ancient housing?

Finally, I am amazed that the housing was still perfectly functional and waterproof after so many years (although it looks like it has never been used).
What I don't know is if the pressure at 30m will make a difference, I am thinking no but I might be wrong...

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Posted 07 July 2011 - 07:39 AM

I have recently acquired a Rolleimarin IV + Rolleiflex 3.5F in exceptional condition. I have tested it in a swimming pool at 3m and did not see the hint of a problem.
I intend to take it down to approx. 30m for my summer dives and could use a bit of advice.

1. Film, I intend to go for 400 asa films and try a buit of B&W as well as Colour

2. Light meter, there is no light meter on the camera, I have seen a few Sekonic Marine on e-bay, would that be a good choice?

3. Flash, the original flash came with the housing but it looks like a disposable bulb flash. Is there any way to find these anymore? Alternatively, are there any more modern flash that would fit such an ancient housing?

Finally, I am amazed that the housing was still perfectly functional and waterproof after so many years (although it looks like it has never been used).
What I don't know is if the pressure at 30m will make a difference, I am thinking no but I might be wrong...

Way Cool! I have an old Rolle Tessar, but haven't the guts to take it swimming. Ernie Brooks uses 100 ISO pushed to 200 for B/W underwater. I have use ISO 400 in the deep w/o a strobe, but I think 100 is better. The meters are good. I have a Sekonic with battery if you want to buy it. I also have some ikelite Ais and cords. You will need to adapt the connection on the housing. The strobes would be only manual in this case.

PM me if you are interested.
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Posted 07 July 2011 - 09:37 PM

Wow thats unreal! I just picked up an old rolleicord that i've been playing with. I'd love to house it.

I imagine the inverted mirror will be frustrating underwater when trying to compose ;)
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Posted 08 July 2011 - 06:53 AM

Wow thats unreal! I just picked up an old rolleicord that i've been playing with. I'd love to house it.

I imagine the inverted mirror will be frustrating underwater when trying to compose ;)

Yo Cal,
I see you are into this retro thing. It's really quite easy to adapt, but not so good for quick action. Beautiful 6x6 B&W's. Being "down under" wouldn't this be natural for you? :)
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Posted 08 July 2011 - 06:58 AM

Haha yeah I am kinda into the whole retro thing! ;)

Viewing ground glass underwater must be hard though? Or would it be great? will have to experiment. I'm thinking I might put the rolleicord in a glass box and put it just underwater in a gentle stream and use it as a periscope?

Cheers!
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Posted 03 August 2011 - 10:39 PM

Haha yeah I am kinda into the whole retro thing! :dance:

Viewing ground glass underwater must be hard though? Or would it be great? will have to experiment. I'm thinking I might put the rolleicord in a glass box and put it just underwater in a gentle stream and use it as a periscope?

Cheers!


I was told that the viewing glass through the prism of the rolleimarin is like being in a cinema.
Picture is still inverted but when you are used to that, it is not too much of a problem.

I don't think there is any Rolleimarin adaptable for Rolleicord but I can be wrong.

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Posted 15 July 2014 - 10:39 AM

Any chance you have this housing still and would be interested in selling?