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    Have I paid too much for Rolleicord V...needs shutter CLA.

    Hello. My first post here. I just bought a Rolleicord V from a seemingly reputable seller on eBay for $244. It's in very good cosmetic shape and the taking lens is very clean. However, there were some undisclosed problems. The shutter appears to work fine on all the higher speeds, but the speeds at 1/15 and below either get stuck with the shutter completely open, or it partially closes. I got a quote from Mark Hama for $165 to have a full CLA done. Have I already paid too much into this camera to make that worthwhile? I'm still within a return period. Or if I can get a good chunk of the CLA paid for in a partial refund would that make it worthwhile? I thought $240 was a good deal based on the general eBay history of this camera, but I'm not so sure I can stomach another $165 unless it still seems like a good overall value. Any advice would be most appreciated.

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    I'd send it back. You'll have more in it than I have in the Rolleiflex 3.5F I bought; even with a Harry Fleenor overhaul. For the same, or less, money I'd rather have a flex than a cord.

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    Do you need the slower speeds? They run on a different mechanism to the faster speeds and their not working right will not impinge on the faster speeds.

    I am struggling a bit with your prices - it would seem to be about £150 for the camera and £100 for the CLA - that makes about £250 for a working clean camera - more than I would pay for a Rolleicord. If the seller will help with the cost of the CLA, I might go for it, though, as you could be looking at a good camera for the next 20 years for that cost.

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    Your conversions are correct. I've been watching Minolta Autocords and Rolleicord V's on eBay for a little while now, and the clean/functioning ones all seem to be going for that price +/- a few dollars. Of course, this one was represented as clean/functioning.

    I doubt I'll need speeds below 1/30 very often, and when I do I always have an RB67. Those situations will require a tripod and time spent setting up so it won't be a major inconvenience to bring out the big camera.

    If the CLA were fully funded by the seller, would you then think this was a decent deal?

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    I can't imagine a seller would pay for the entire CLA. You can ask, but I would expect the seller to say "return it," rather than give back most of the money. The value of the camera isn't likely camera plus CLA. The CLA cost for many cameras exceeds the cost of the camera price, but we all know that going in. My $0.02.

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    So, what do you think is a fair price for a clean working Rolleicord V? There are very few on eBay currently and most of them have a buy it now above $350 US. Should I be looking somewhere else for better prices?

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    I think the price is quite okay. I just bought a good looking one from a reputable seller for €250. I had see numerous examples for around €200 but mostly faulty one way or another. The fact with these cameras is they usually have been sitting on a shelf for a very long time and need some adjustment and cleaning.

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    I would not pay more than $300 for a Rolleicord V in perfect working condition, i.e., CLAed by a someone serious.

    If we look the opposite way, $300 - $165 CLA = $135 on Ebay. This is roughly whay I paid for mine. In your case, we end up slightly over $400.

    $165 to fix the slow speeds seems to me a little overpriced. Try to get a quotation from Mark Hansen. The guy is sometimes rude but he knows a lot about shutters. He worked on my Cord years ago and it works perfectly since then.

    Hope it helps!
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    Thanks for the suggestions. I'll check him out. I've got an email out to Carol Miller also who appears to do most things for <$100. I thought the $165 seemed a little high. Would you only send it off to someone who specifically works on these cameras, or would any analog repair person be able to handle this. I have people locally, but I would describe them as more Jack of all trades rather than Rollei specialists.

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    I recently paid $280 for a 'Cord Va from KEH, their "bargain" condition, which is pretty good. Everything seems to be working properly.

    Did you get any caps, case, filters, etc? That stuff can add up.

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