Rolleicord V - film advance does not work

Discussion in 'Camera Building, Repairs & Modification' started by Carl_Berg, Apr 8, 2010.

  1. Carl_Berg

    Carl_Berg Member

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    I just got a Rolleicord V from Swedish Ebay. It was in a pretty bad condition and smelled horrible (note to self: never buy a smoker's camera) but it functions alright. There was a lot of dirt and dust, but I got it pretty clean. The shutter only works on times below 1/30, which is what I had expected.

    The only thing that does not work is the film advancement. I can advance from "0" to "1", but when I hit the first frame (i.e 1) it just stops. I figure this is the double exposure prevention kicking in, but even though I fire the shutter I can't advance the film.

    Am I just doing something wrong or is it broken? I'm thinking that it won't be too difficult to remove the exposure lock completely, but I have no idea how to pick this camera apart. I guess I'll have to strip the leatherette, which I'd rather avoid.
     
  2. wclark5179

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    My recommendation is to get a CLA from a reputable tech.
     
  3. Ian C

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    That’s not surprising. Rollei altered the design every few years. The advance lock on mine is a roughly 15mm diameter spring-loaded black button in the center of the winding knob. It’s finished exactly like the winding knob and is often overlooked by a new owner. The original owner’s manual is almost never sold with the camera. That was the case with mine. I acquired it in 1986 for $50. The film counter mechanism jammed and wouldn’t turn. The Rolleicord film advance is driven by a toothed wheel that rides on the edge of the film. Since it wouldn’t turn, advancing the film wrinkled and tore the edge of the film making the camera unusable.

    I had it repaired at Essex Camera Repair of Carlstadt, New Jersey for $100. It is a shop owned and staffed by Chinese folks. They did a good job. The camera has worked perfectly ever since. Good luck in resolving your problem.
     
  4. Carl_Berg

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    It should be mentioned that I payed over 100€, which was extremely stupid of me. I could probably have got a fully working one for 60€ if I'd had more patience. I won't get a CLA, since it probably would be cheaper to buy a Rolleiflex in good condition (cameras tend to be a bit cheaper in Sweden, but servicing is more expensive than in the US).
     
  5. Mats_A

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    I just had my Rolleicord IV serviced for film advance problem. Cost 80€.

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