What did I buy???

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  1. Confusion Circle

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    I bought this at a local camera swap meet here in Vancouver. Obviously, it's a Rolleiflex, but I can't figure out which model it is, and when it was made. The serial# is not listed in any of the sites I have been to. I'd like to know more about what I bought. I would also like to know if there is an on-line manual for it somewhere. Many thanks in advance!

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    Arg...I've been searching the web using the serial# on the bottom lens, then I noticed the # on the upper lens....THEN I noticed the # on the top plate of the camera. The # is 1777201, which acording to different websites is either a 3.5C or a 3.5E....*sigh* which one is it?

    Will S, I have no idea if it's a T or not.
     
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    It`s not a T.
    It`s a 3.5E, a really nice one, wich should give you all the Rolleiflex magic you could ever dream of...:smile: What did you pay for it?
     
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    The "Collectors' Guide to Rollei Cameras" by Arthur Evans also has it as a 3.5E (assuming that you put one "7" too many in the s/n).

    Regards,

    David
     
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    3.5C is what some of the German reference books call the 3.5E. My most used Rolleiflex is its 2.8E brother.
     
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    I got it for $375CDN. It seems to be in perfect working condition except for the self-timer - it won't trip the shutter.
     
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    D'oh! I put an extra '0'. The serial# is: 1777201.
     
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    Wow! What a steal. Congrats! :smile:
     
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    What a beauty. Congratulations!

    Antje
     
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    Nice Camera. I have the 12/24 3.5F Planar. The distinguishing feature of the F versus the E is the removable waist level finder. By the way, the f3.5 Planar that you have should be a great performing lens. :D

    Rich
     
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    Not exactly - the type E2 and E3 series also have the removable finder. The big difference between E and F is availability of no or uncoupled meter in the E, and the coupled meter in the F. Personally I think the coupled meter isn't worth paying extra for, but the F's are the newest cameras you can find, especially the later model from the '70s and early '80s.
     
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    Hi Mike,

    Thanks for correcting my error. I am by no means an expert on the differences in the different Rollei TLR models. I do however enjoy using them and can attest to the performance of my f3.5 Planar lens and camera.

    Rich
     
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    Congrats!

    Looks like you have gained a fine tool for a very good price.

    If you can find someone who is a good Rollei mechanic, they can clean it up and get that self-timer working. Add the cost of the tune-up, and you'll still be ahead!

    My first camera was a older 3.5 -- I seem to have skipped 35mm altogether. For its size and ease of use, one can't get a much nicer medium format camera.

    Vaughn
     
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    Again, many thanks for the informative replies!
     
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    Beautiful tool, photographic feeling.
    Regards.
     
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    I had that camera and traded it on the 2.8 Planar version, and regretted it. I believe the 3.5 was a tad sharper. Great camera. Hold on to it. I also have a 2.8 Xenotar that needs total overhaul and lens recoating, but probably won't happen.
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    Hi Neal,

    Both Planars and the Xeonotars are great lenses in either speed. There is probably enough variation that some in either speed will outperform some in the other speed.

    Rich