Rollei SL66

Discussion in '[Classifieds] Want to Buy' started by kbrede, Aug 18, 2012.

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  1. kbrede

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    I'm looking to purchase a Rollei SL66 kit in excellent working condition. If you've got one you'd like to part with, PM me with description and price. I would entertain one that needs a CLA, but of course the price would have to reflect that.
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    Just FYI they are very hard to find in perfect working order unless you buy right from someone like Harry Fleenor with a recent CLA, but the price will then be high. I have three bodies all CLA'd a few years back but they still occasionally suffer from temporary mirror lock up for about few minutes when first fired off after having sat for a while. I just put up with it as they work perfectly fine after that. Awesome cameras. Personably, having both, I favor the older non-* 80 Planar vs the newer better coated one but use both. Portraits and macro are my favorite uses. What kind of kit are you hoping to get?
     
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    Thanks for the comments. I'd like to start focusing on nature and city abstracts. I'm really just starting out in photography (second year) but I lean towards close up photography, filling the frame. I was reading about Brett Weston, who's photography I love, which led me to the SL66. After reading about the SL66, I thought it sounded like the perfect camera for me. The built in bellows and tilt is a real plus.

    In terms of kit, I was thinking about starting with the 80mm, shooting with that for a while and see if I'd need a longer lens. I'd also be interested in a wider lens for landscapes, something close to 28mm in 35mm format, more than likely a 50mm. That would be the basic kit I'd like to start with.

    I think for my style of shooting an angled finder would be best, but that's something I might have to add on later. If the camera works out for me, I'd probably want to add an extra 120/220 back. I've also read there's a 6x4.5 back for this camera, which would be interesting to have.
     
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    Hi, I currently have and use the SL66e and a set of lenses and can highly recommend the system for your stated use. Previously I had the standard SL66, and quite an older one. I got it off craigslist for a very good price and it was in great shape functionally, never had any problem at all with any of the functions and the shutter speeds seemed spot on. I know they can have their problems but if you have patience you should be able to find a good one. Good luck, Bob.
     
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    I'd recommend starting out with what brett started out with himself

    slr graflex 3x4--if you can find one with a rollfilm back it'll blow the doors off a sl66 since you can put any olde lens you want on there, including rollei lenses if you want--very cheap compared to the rolleis and VERY reliable and simple.

    the reason I think the younger mr weston used the sl66 as opposed to the graflex is that he probably didn't have to purchase the sl66--by the time he started using one of them he had the acclaim to get such equipment gratis from the company as advertisement--if he had to buy his own he'd use what he already had--his dad's camera--I don't know this for sure, but that's what I suspect after reading up enough about the family history...

    you can get a bigger 4x5 super d--it's bigger but easier to find roll film backs and you can then shoot 4x5 sheet film too--mucho more versatile, but big--so I recommend a 3x4 super d with roll back--you can modify roll backs to fit I"m sure---your wallet will thank you and you will be shaped in EXACTLY the same way, with the same equipment, that weston the younger used.
     
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