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    Absolutly.. If it's been setting in a junk drawer, I'll let it go like bad habit. But from the photo.. it look pretty decent.

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    I would personally not buy this camera as a serious picture taking instrument or any camera of that age unless I was prepared to spend the cost of a C.L.A. on it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ToddB View Post
    Thanks guys.. He suppose to call today and I have a battery of questions ready. I dont won't a 300.00 brick. I'll diffently be ask the three question that are typical with cameras, Haze, Fungas and scatches. I'll keep you posted.

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    Don't stop at haze fungus and scratches. Does it focus smoothly? does the shutter fire on all settings? do the speeds at least SOUND different when fired? Is it easy or hard to change the shutter or aperture settings? Does the film advance work smoothly? Has he run a test roll through the camera to know if the frame spacing is accurate and consistent? All of those things are important. As Benjiboy just said, plan on a CLA at a minimum, and possibly some repairs as well, above and beyond what you paid for the camera when budgeting. The upside is that once done, the investment will pay for itself in the many years of enjoyment and use you'll get out of the camera.

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    Great tips on questions. Already fired an email to 'harry@rolleirepairs.com' for rough estiment for CLA. Just saw on "For Sale" a beautiful Planar version with extras on board, but a little rich for me.

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    Plan to spend $300-450 on a thorough top-to-bottom CLA/overhaul. I had my 2.8E overhauled recently at a local shop and it was $450, which included re-aligning the front lens panel because at some point in the past my camera had taken a knock to the head and the front lens bearing standard was out of whack, and you couldn't reliably focus it wide open. Once you got past f5.6 the depth of field covered you, but at f2.8, nothing was ever really as sharp as it should have been.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheFlyingCamera View Post
    Plan to spend $300-450 on a thorough top-to-bottom CLA/overhaul. I had my 2.8E overhauled recently at a local shop and it was $450, which included re-aligning the front lens panel because at some point in the past my camera had taken a knock to the head and the front lens bearing standard was out of whack, and you couldn't reliably focus it wide open. Once you got past f5.6 the depth of field covered you, but at f2.8, nothing was ever really as sharp as it should have been.
    Good advice. Someone will jump in and share how they got their Rolleiflex CLA done for $120 or so at some general camera repair place and that is great. Good for them. But all they got likely was some lubricant squirted on the shutter and infinity focus tested. For these babies in my opinion they need a real overhaul and true deep CLA and that costs at least what TFC quoted above from a good Rolleiflex or at least TLR specialist repair technician.
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    Hey guys update. I'm letting this one go. The guy I have been trying to get a hold of never got a hold of me about details. There is something about this guy that not right. Got an eye on another one in SF california. It's a "T" Model in black with working meter. The guy is knowledgable about to boot, as far as condition and mechanically sound it is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ToddB View Post
    Hey guys update. I'm letting this one go. The guy I have been trying to get a hold of never got a hold of me about details. There is something about this guy that not right. Got an eye on another one in SF california. It's a "T" Model in black with working meter. The guy is knowledgable about to boot, as far as condition and mechanically sound it is.

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    Smart move. I'm in SF. If you need someone to pre-vet it in person and the seller is willing, let me know. What's he asking?
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    350.00

    I talked him down to 350.00
    Perfect condition. Making arrangements now. Thanks Rich185 for the offer of checking it out. Everything checks out

    Todd

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