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    Wide Rolleiflex lenses

    I have just been given an old Rolli s/n W2490506 which looks like one of the first 506 made. I just ordered a repairers cd but the main problem is the scratched taking lens. It is marked Distagon 1:40 f=55 Karl Zeiss. Is I possible to repair this on the cheap with another lens?

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    Wow... You were given a Rollei Wide? Very nice!

    My only thought is, are the taking and viewing lenses the same? In which case, they could be swapped.

    EDIT: I don't think they are.

    Hopefully other, more knowledgeable people will be along soon to confirm or tell me not to be so stupid.

    Have you tried it to see if the scratches actually have any affect on the images?


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    Hmm..Rollei wide as a gift. You must be very lucky.

    Can we see some photos of the scratch if possible?
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    I would put some film through it and see what effect if any the scratches have. If you're lucky, they might lower the contrast a little but nothing else. They might even have no effect at all except when shooting backlit scenes.

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    Hi Steve,no such luck . they are a different diameter.
    The camera is not ready for use yet as it came to me covered in dust and the front dismantled. Any one know the order of assembly of the left front adjuster?

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    Download a repair manual here-
    http://www.kyphoto.com/classics/repairmanuals.html

    pp. 227-240, Weitwinkel-Rollieflex.

    Good luck.

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    The Scratches ps Thanks for the link, Dan.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails lens 004.jpg   lens 003.jpg   lens 002.jpg  

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    Those are pretty ugly but not beyond salvation. Strange as it might sound, I'd take a black fine-tip Sharpie to the scratches and fill them in. Get a lens shade for it, and use it. At this point, you got the camera for free, so what's the harm in trying? Look around APUG for an old classified ad/discussion thread Jim Galli had posted about a lens that was old, rare, and literally cracked all the way through. It still worked. The scratches on yours are ugly, and certainly harm resale value, but if you keep the sun out of the frame and have the front element well-shaded, you should still be able to make good images.

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    People ask about polishing and re-coating the lens on their point-and-shoot, and it is never worthwhile. However, it might be worth it to inquire about salvaging that front element.

    http://www.focalpointlens.com/fp_services.html

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    Thanks or the link. I need the tiny screw p/n 01115.82.0 and washers 0340.00.0 and 04360.00.0 the screw is stepped cheesehead m1.35.

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