How difficult is it..?

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  1. ToddB

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    Hey Guys,

    I've also was curious in the maxwell screens and how to replace it. However Oceanside camera asks alot of money to replace it. I have my T model with me today and was looking on the viewing glass on how it is attached. It looks like it just slides from front to back in the two clips? Is this all that involved to replace it? Were can you get those Maxwell or Beattie replacement glass anyway?

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    Model T?
     
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    Yes.. I recall there is a place that offered a less exspensive version. I believe a member provided a link.
     
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    The screens themselves aren't cheap, and there may be some shimming neccesary to assure correct focus.
     
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    Looks like he has a Rolleiflex T.

    If you can remove your current screen then you can install the new one.
    However, please note: These new screens scratch easily, handle with care.
    Also, you may have to calibrate the screen and that is easily done as the two lenses can be adjusted separately. You will need an object on infinity (or a film SLR/lens) and some tape/screen in place of film. Search here and other photo site for detailed steps on the process.

    The screens are not cheap and not everyone loves, but if your current screen is dark, they will very much help focusing.
     
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    Yikes.. That sound complicated. Might just have to live with a slight scuff.

    Thanks Guys, ToddB
     
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    On the Rolleiflex T, you can remove the stock screen from the clips holding it and put in a new screen, whether from Maxwell or from one of the other suppliers of bright screens. However, I would definitely want the focus checked and dialed ifor the new screen, which as I understand it, is properly done by moving the lenses as opposed to shimming the screen.

    I have had Krikor Maralian install Maxwells in two Rolleis recently. My impression is that most of the cost ($220 currently) is the screen itself.
     
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    Both Rick Oleson and Bill Maxwell will provide instructions on installing their screens and shimming. The best way is to collimate the focus screen for infnity and make certain the taking lens is also set up properly. But there are other ways that avoid the expense of some repair people and will be 'good enough' for most of us.
     
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    I had a Oleson screen installed on a Rolleiflex Automat and I did not like it. The Fresnel was too apparent and somewhat annoying even if the view was brighter than with the original screen. If I were now in a similar situation, I would stick with the original screen without hesitation.

    Take care.