Rolleicord focus screen replacement

Discussion in 'Medium Format Cameras and Accessories' started by zenrhino, Mar 20, 2006.

  1. zenrhino

    zenrhino Member

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    How tough it is to replace the focus screen in a Rolleicord? Our last repair shop here in the Twin Cities won't work on TLR's or rangefinders, so it looks like I'm on my own here. I can get a screen, either a Beattie or a clone, but I'm reticent to pick apart the Rollei without some guidance.

    Thanks,

    ZR
     
  2. Dave Parker

    Dave Parker Inactive

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    Pretty well discussed subject, have you tried to use the search feature to see what others have said, both on buying and reviews of what they bought?

    Dave
     
  3. zenrhino

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    Yeah, I sure did. The closest I came after searching around on various permutations of "rollei" "screen" and "replace" (which I figured would give me hits on 'flexes and 'cords) was this thread which was very good, but I was hoping to find something more technical as far as the dissasembly. The thread about the RZ screens has been the best so far.
     
  4. BrianShaw

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    It depends on which model you're talking about. On the Vb, it's a piece of cake. Other models require some disassembly, I believe.

    There is a Rolleiflex/Rolleicord complete service manual *somewhere* out there on the web available for download, but I can't remember where. This manual is also purcace-able from several people on eBay. It really is worth seeking out and getting.

    Also, you might want to check the archives of photo.net... I seem to remember this being a well-discussed topic there too.
     
  5. edz

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    Its trivial.. 4 screws and some clips to remove.. In a worst case, however, one might need to have the viewing lens adjusted and this entails lifting some leather.

    P.S.: Instead of a Beattie or expensive screen have a thought about a Satin Snow with maybe a cheap plastic fresnel lens (available often free) thrown on top. The Satin Snow is very bright and just the right grain to make focusing a snap. They are also quite inexpensive!
     
  6. antielectrons

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    Very easy to do, 4 screws as others have mentioned. My favourite is the Beattie Intenscreen. Didnt like the Maxwell.