Advice for a Twin Lens Reflex newbie

Discussion in 'UK Photography' started by atticus, Apr 14, 2004.

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    atticus Guest

    Dear all
    I have been given a 60-year old Twin Lens Reflex camera. Its an Airesflex
    Reflex, and seems to be based on the Rolleiflex type box cameras. It used to
    belong to my grandfather, and a "spring-clean" unearthed it. I'm not even
    sure if it takes pictures, but the lens still looks clean, and it seems to
    focus okay. In the past, it has taken some excellent portraits.
    I have absolutely no idea how to use it. From research done on the net, I
    was able to load some 120 film into it, and have taken a few shots. This one
    doesn't have a counter, so I don't know if am advancing the film correctly.
    I intend taking some more photos until the roll ends, and then developing
    it.
    I would appreciate some advice - does anyone know of a site where I could
    download a manual? Or, is there a shop that will help me. I work in central
    London at the moment.
    I don't want to junk this camera, for sentimental reasons, and because I'm
    a glutton for punishment!

    Cheers

    Atticus
     
    atticus, Apr 14, 2004
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    Timo Labrenz Guest

    Nice camera, congrats!
    Hm, I've only seen one Airesflex without a film counter so far, and
    it didn't have a film window on the back, so it might have been a
    model similar to yours. When winding the film, it stops
    automatically at the next exposure. Just do as you intended to, take
    pictures till the roll is full. IIRC (was some time ago...) the film
    advance knob doesn't stop anymore after the 12th exposure and you
    can wind the film completely onto the take up spool.
    Sorry, no idea. But just try stuff, it should be easy to handle
    after a while. Do a google search on TLRs in general, there are no
    big differences in usability, whether you got a Rollei, Meopta,
    Airesflex or whatever.
    Just remember the parallax correction because the viewing lens is
    above the recording lens, and the depth of field control (aperture
    setting), because you don't have a DOF preview on a TLR, and you
    should be fine.
    Nah, keep it, take photos, it really isn't a bad camera, and TLRs
    are fun. It's a different, IMHO more relaxed kind of taking
    pictures. I'd recommend black and white film for a start. I have no
    idea how the camera handles colour film, it might be okay, or it
    might give disappointing results. So, if you tried colour film first
    and the pictures don't seem right somehow, it doesn't necessarily
    mean that the camera is bad.

    Timo
     
    Timo Labrenz, Apr 14, 2004
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    Timo Labrenz Guest

    Nice camera, congrats!
    Hm, I've only seen one Airesflex without a film counter so far, and
    it didn't have a film window on the back, so it might have been a
    model similar to yours. When winding the film, it stops
    automatically at the next exposure. Just do as you intended to, take
    pictures till the roll is full. IIRC (was some time ago...) the film
    advance knob doesn't stop anymore after the 12th exposure and you
    can wind the film completely onto the take up spool.
    Sorry, no idea. But just try stuff, it should be easy to handle
    after a while. Do a google search on TLRs in general, there are no
    big differences in usability, whether you got a Rollei, Meopta,
    Airesflex or whatever.
    Just remember the parallax correction because the viewing lens is
    above the recording lens, and the depth of field control (aperture
    setting), because you don't have a DOF preview on a TLR, and you
    should be fine.
    Nah, keep it, take photos, it really isn't a bad camera, and TLRs
    are fun. It's a different, IMHO more relaxed kind of taking
    pictures. I'd recommend black and white film for a start. I have no
    idea how the camera handles colour film, it might be okay, or it
    might give disappointing results. So, if you tried colour film first
    and the pictures don't seem right somehow, it doesn't necessarily
    mean that the camera is bad.

    Timo
     
    Timo Labrenz, Apr 14, 2004
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    Rob Loxley Guest

    Does it have a round wind-on know with a button in the centre - if so then
    it sounds like a Rolleicord III copy?
     
    Rob Loxley, Apr 16, 2004
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    Keelworm Guest

    I had a similar find to you (Welmy Flex TLR) and managed to get a bit of
    info from the Bradford National Photography Museum. I dropped them an
    email and they sent me two or three pages regarding the camera and it's
    operation. I didn't turn up any results on google, so this was a success
    for me.

    I found it benefitted from cleaning the lense, but other than that popped a
    roll of 120 ilford through it and got some smashing results. Would advise
    use of a light meter though, as 12 exposures don't give you much room for
    bracketing.

    PG.
     
    Keelworm, Apr 29, 2004
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  6. Hi Atticus,

    Check out the following link for more info regarding your Airesflex and
    where you can get more answers to any particular queries you may have:

    http://medfmt.8k.com/mf/airesflex.html

    Cheers,
    Stephen

     
    Stephen Leslie, Apr 29, 2004
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