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    Rollei sheet film holders are pretty but I'm not sure if they are of any practical use. Apart from the Zone System, I can't find a good reason why anyone would like to torture himself with using sheet film smaller than 4x5.

    In my experience it's not the screen that is dim in some Rolleicords/-flexes, but the mirror that has partly desilvered. The stock screens present in later Rolleis (at least from the 'Cord V) come with a Fresnel and they are quite bright, but what is more important: contrasty.

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    If the lens is doing from f/5.6 then I do not worry much about having a cord...
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    Rolleicord

    I once owned a Rolleicord with a Schneider Xenar 3.5 lens and I would suggest it is much better value for money than a Rolleiflex. Having said that I’m sure many Rolleiflex owners would disagree, but lens speed isn’t everything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by baachitraka View Post
    If the lens is doing from f/5.6 then I do not worry much about having a cord...
    I didn't even know you could plug them in!
    I do use a digital device in my photographic pursuits when necessary.
    When someone rags on me for using film, I use a middle digit, upraised.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cliveh View Post
    I once owned a Rolleicord with a Schneider Xenar 3.5 lens and I would suggest it is much better value for money than a Rolleiflex. Having said that I’m sure many Rolleiflex owners would disagree, but lens speed isn’t everything.
    Having both, I'd agree with you. The Planar/Xenotar lenses certainly are sharper, especially wide open, but you pay a lot more for an advantage that in most circumstances isn't enormous. (And the speed difference is less than a stop; it's nice to have but it's not *that* big a deal by itself.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by ntenny View Post
    Having both, I'd agree with you. The Planar/Xenotar lenses certainly are sharper, especially wide open, but you pay a lot more for an advantage that in most circumstances isn't enormous. (And the speed difference is less than a stop; it's nice to have but it's not *that* big a deal by itself.)
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    Also found one Rolleiflex 3.5 Tessar(first model). Any experience with this lens.
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    I have a Rolleiflex T and am very satisfied with it (though the shutter needs some service now). The lens is pretty sharp when stopped down. I also have a Planar 80/2,8 for my SL66 and do not think they are much apart. The T is prone to stray light if you shoot against the sun but I think all Rolleis before the introduction of HFT were.

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    Finally I picked up a Rolleicord Va for EUR 88. Hope it is not a bad deal.
    OM-1n: Do I need to own a Leica?
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    This sounds like a good deal indeed!

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