I said goodbye to an old friend this week.
No nothing tragic.... I just sold one of my favorite cameras. I'm trying to clear out stuff I'm not using. I guess I'm a photographer not a collector.
I've used a number of Rollei's over the years and have been shooting with the GX twin lens for the last few. Well I just wasn't using the camera enough, so I put it on eBay and it sold to a photographer in Beijing.
The Rollei twin lens is a classic by any measure and a lot of photographers did their best work with one. Great names like Avedon and Penn all used the cameras. I liked using it but always felt the lens was too short at 80mm. I used it for half length portraits and it needed a longer lens to narrow the field of view... especially in my studio.
Anyway it was a pleasure to use all these years and I was fortunate enough to have one of the rare gold plated 70th anniversary versions. I shot a fair number of editorial portraits with it and many subjects commented on the fact that I shot with a gold camera. I guess it helped me stand out from the regular "Joe Photographer".
It was a great camera and a pleasure to use... I'm sure I'll regret selling it in about a week.
Do you have a favorite camera that you're sorry you sold?