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    Hello,
    if you want to buy an older Cord please notice that between the Rolleicord V and the Va the fokussing knob was changed from right to left. The Vb also has it on the left side. All models befor the Vb had a rather dark ground glas viewing screen, but it can easily be changed against a modern one cut to size from a RB 67 (maybe the fokus has to be adjusted then).

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    Thank you for the information, did not know that.

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    I have a V. I prefer having the wind on and focus on the same side. With a Rolleiflex you are constantly swapping holding the body from one hand to the either to wind on then focus.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Smith View Post
    I have a V. I prefer having the wind on and focus on the same side. With a Rolleiflex you are constantly swapping holding the body from one hand to the either to wind on then focus.
    I second that as that was exactly the reason why I went for a V and not a Va or Vb or a Flex.

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    I've taken a backward step and have begun using an MPP Microord essentially an updated British made Rolleicord III with a better lens, a Ross Xpres, I've been using a Yashicamat 124 extensively in Turkey and a Rolleiflex here in the UK and love them both. However the Rollei is in mint condition despite being ove made in 1961/2 so I'd much rather carry a less valuable camera all the time.

    My first TLP was a pre-WWII Rolleicord so it's not too starange but we do have to remember to wind on after each shot to prevent double exposures and I prefer to cock the shutter immediately before use, all good fun

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    You will be happy with Cord.

    - Not hard at all. Its not heavy compare to modern d****** cameras.

    - Va here, focusing knob is on left-hand side. Vb has the possibility to interchange the focusing screen easily.

    - Manual cocking shutter.

    - Loading film is easy but I have no experience with flex.

    - Film advance takes time but its fun to turn the knob.

    Please get a rolleifix(kind of expensive) for tripod mount and a hood to start with...

    Have fun.
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    I've had a 'cord Vb, 'flex 3.5E, 3.5E2, and 2.8E. I much prefer the ergonomics of the 'flexes, but the taking lens on the 'cord was no slouch.

    As for switching hands between focusing and winding - I don't find it cumbersome whatsoever. I actually prefer focusing with my left hand (I'm right-handed).

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    Try to collect accessories, they may cost more than the camera.
    OM-1n: Do I need to own a Leica?
    Rolleicord Va: Humble.
    Holga 120GFN: Amazingly simple yet it produces outstanding negatives to print.

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    My philosophy is to wait to buy accessories so as to discourage and prevent GAS. Yes, accessories may cost more than the camera - all the more reason to not buy them unless you need (or really want) specific ones.

    Luckily, Bay I accessories are relatively cheap. On the other hand, Rolleinars and filters for my Bay III are quite steep.

    I have both Rolleinars 1 and 2, but I find that I use the 2 more than the 1. My uses do not indicate or justify a Rolleinar 3. YMMV.

    Accessories you are more likely to use (assuming B&W) are the typical colored filters. I have yellow, orange, and red.

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    Atleast pick, Rolleifix, Hood and an Yellow filter.
    OM-1n: Do I need to own a Leica?
    Rolleicord Va: Humble.
    Holga 120GFN: Amazingly simple yet it produces outstanding negatives to print.

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