Rolleicord shutter cocking lever question

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  1. Rollei fan

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    If the shutter of a Rolleiflex Va or Vb has already been cocked, can you turn the cocking lever again? Or should it not move without first firing the shutter?
     
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    On my Rolleicord III, which seems to have the same mechanism as the V, the cocking lever will move freely to the right and back to the centre once the shutter is cocked. The tension in that direction only returns after the shutter is fired.

    I assume this is normal operation as it's been that way for thirty years with no apparent problems, but I can't guarantee it.

    -NT
     
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    I have an early Rolleiflex Automat. I never noticed, so I will have to check next time I take it out.
     
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    On my Rolleicord V with film in it, once I cock the shutter (which feels heavy), I can move the shutter lever to the same direction numerous times with very little resistance. Once I fire it, the next one cocking feels heavy and following ones are (again) very light.

    Without film in it, I cannot move the lever in either direction.
     
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  5. Gerry M

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    If your V has the double exposure preventer(? sp) on the face panel, move it so the red button is showing. You should be able to cock and fire the shutter w/o film in the body.
    Once the shutter is cocked, the cocking lever has very little resistance (can be moved) until the shutter is tripped.
     
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    Yes, I know....
     
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    I think this is normal behavior, even going back to the first "art deco" Rolleicord.

    Once you tension the shutter, there is a lot of play in that lever. At least, that's been the case with the few Rolleicords that I've handled.

    By the way, the Rolleiflex Automat mentioned in one of the posts is a different beast from the Rolleicord -- it tensions the shutter and advances the film in one motion.
     
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    Famously, two motions: forth (film transport) and back (shutter cocking).
    :wink:
     
  9. Ervin Pohl

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    I have Rolleicord Vb. The lever can be moved freely when cocked That's normal, Once you will fire the shutter it'll get stiff again and actually ready to be cocked again. And so on...:D
    I was puzzled by that too at first.
     
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    The shutters on both the Rolleicords I have owned have operated like this as well - as do all the copal shutters on all my large format lenses. Knowing no better I have always assumed that this was how all manually cocked leaf shutters work.

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    Carey Bird
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