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    First shots from the Rolleiflex rehab project...

    Hi, all -

    I picked up a user Rolleiflex Automat X (K4/50) a week ago. Been cleaning the shutter, cleaning the glass, bringing it up to shooting level (been blogging it here). Developed the first shots last night. I'm pretty happy with the results.

    Some shots from the WWTP in which I work:

    img119 by Scott --, on Flickr


    img123 by Scott --, on Flickr


    img124 by Scott --, on Flickr


    img125 by Scott --, on Flickr

    I need to do a more controlled test to check focus, etc., but walking around with the camera was too inviting. Need to decide on replacing the screen or not - with the mirror being in such good shape, the screen is pretty usable as-is. Hmm...

    Thanks for looking.
    Scott

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    Nice shots ! I look at your blogs and your posts related to the restauration of the camera. I will read the whole later with a lot of interest. Have you ever repaired a camera before starting this project ?

    Between, what is a WWTP ?
    All the best,
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    Thanks, Rom. FWIW, I've been doing camera repair for over ten years now. I've done many Rolleiflexes.

    "WWTP" = Wastewater Treatment Plant

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    You could try waxing the screen to brighten it up. I have done it several times and it works very well. I use Butcher's wax, but any beeswax or carnauba wax should do.

    I enjoyed reading your blog.

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    Thanks, Patrick!

    I've heard of waxing before, but have never tried it. Do you just apply the wax to the ground side of the screen?

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    Photos looking good, you need to go into camera repair.

    David

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    Quote Originally Posted by bliorg View Post
    Thanks, Patrick!

    I've heard of waxing before, but have never tried it. Do you just apply the wax to the ground side of the screen?
    That is all there is to it. If you have solid wax you will need to thin it. I wipe it on then wipe off any excess. You only need a light coat. It is completely reversible as well.

    The other way I have heard is to use shellac, but I think that is too much trouble.

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    I wonder if Johnson's Paste Wax would work? Guess I'll be trying this tonight. Thanks for the tip!
    Quote Originally Posted by Patrick Robert James View Post
    That is all there is to it. If you have solid wax you will need to thin it. I wipe it on then wipe off any excess. You only need a light coat. It is completely reversible as well.

    The other way I have heard is to use shellac, but I think that is too much trouble.

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    Great shots!

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    I am amazed at the detail and sharpness you have achieved with this re-worked Rollei. I am a Rollei collector and love them dearly. I wonder how you can achieve this level of detail and sharpness. Are these hand held? If so, they are even more amazing. What developer did you use for these. I did find ion some of your other writings that it is Acros film. At any event, it is excellent work, especially from an older Rollei.
    Logan

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