Shooting with a Rolleiflex 3.5 and Portra 400

This short blog article is a small collection of Portra 400 medium-format film photographs, shot on a Rolleiflex model 3.5 K4A from 1951, equipped at times with the Rolleinar Bay 1 setup.

I captured these images at the Botanical Gardens in Melbourne, Australia. Shooting flowers is a nice way to appreciate nature, and I enjoy trying to capture photographs of bees, especially when they’re in flight, or close to flowers, which is even more challenging when using a non-digital camera.

The Rolleiflex TLR is my favourite 120 format camera design. I previously used a Hasselblad and 80 mm lens for the better part of three years. My Rolleiflex 3.5 A features a 75 mm f/3.5 Zeiss Tessar lens, capable of capturing great colours and contrast, in a compact form factor.

My Portra 400 film was developed by Halide Supply in Melbourne, Australia, and scanned on their great setup. I highly recommend them for film developing and scanning in Melbourne.

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Bryce Wilson is a photographer, filmmaker, and freelance photojournalist from Melbourne, Australia.