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Zorki 6 and Rollei 400S: A Perfect Combination for a Winter Day

My Zorki 6 is a terrific camera for street photography! A little and precise rangefinder, with a classic lens, a Russian clone of the famous Leica Elmar 50/3,5. Together with a Rollei 400S, an high contrast film with a spectral sensitivity extended to the near infrared, is a perfect combinations for street photography in a winter day, when the sun is pale or covered by clouds, or in the presence of a mild winter mist.

Last Sunday, I went to Milan to meet my friends lavale1974 and biciclettaverde, and together we took a walk along the Navigli area (water channels), one of the most characteristic areas of the city, marked by the presence of restaurants, stalls, markets and art galleries. I took with me my Zorki 6 camera equipped with an Industar 22 lens. This is a Russian clone of the famous Leica Elmar 50/3.5 with some modifications (for example a different position of the diaphragm blades, but with almost identical rendition) with vintage tones, and very sharp (it is a Tessar scheme, 4 lenses in 3 groups).

After a lunch in a local pizzeria, we walked along the channel between a long line of stalls; here you can find many interesting objects, such as analog cameras, radio, toys, photography books, old prints, antiques, and other collectibles for all tastes!

I wanted to have high contrasted photos so I used the Rollei 400S film, developed in Rodinal R09 at 1+25 dilution (the strongest choice, to have both contrast and high acutance). I love the sharp grain that I can obtain with this classic developer!

Along the Naviglio, there are many street artists. As you know, I like to photograph hands. Here’s a tribute to a pleasant street musician!

Photo by sirio174

Even in the middle of the afternoon with faint sunlight and a general low contrast, this film allows to obtain full grey tones scale on the negative!

The extended sensitivity spectrum in the near infrared (up to 750 nm) is very interesting. I used this film without filters. Good results even for portraits!

Whatever is your preferred camera, whatever is your preferred film, the most important thing is that when you take a picture, do it with your heart!

Photo by sirio174

Lomo On!

written by sirio174


  1. herbert-4


    Wonderful article and photos!! Try the film with #25a filter in the sunny garden and with blowing clouds!

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  3. lavale1974


    Bravissimo!!! Bell'articolo.... grazie ancora della giornata :-)

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