I have a Rollei Magic. Doesn't work (of course). And I also find it to be a bit ugly compared with the classic look of the Rolleiflex and Rolleicord.
I saw one of those Magic model at a local antique store. They wanted 350.00 bucks!! it was in aweful condition and read later that the Magic was consumer for masses cameram all kinds of problems accociated with it. I could tell first off when I looked at it , it was cheaply constructed. I guess every company has produced a mistake.
I know what you mean. I bought a Rolleiflex T2 in 2004. It was like new, meter working fine and came with a lot of extras: nice round model prism finder, special back for sheet film holders, 4 or 5 of these holders, inserts for 6x6 and 6x4.5 cm negatives, brown leather carrying case for WLF finder and the prism finder.
Originally Posted by ToddB
I couldn't resist, so I bought it.
However, I moved later that year and didn't have the time to use it yet. I finally laded a film recently, made some test shots to see how it opperates and if the light meter was still reliable.
It was a pleasure to use the camera and I was amazed by the quality of the images.
Reading this post today, made me wanna find out how old my camera really is.
I checked some sites and had an other surprise. It seems my camera isn't a T2 model but a T1. It has grey leather and serial number 2106651. So the guy who sold it to me was in error. It seems this one is of the first production year 1958, so almost 55 years old now.
I don't know if the T2 model is supposed to be the better one, but I just love my TLR all the same!
My lens is a Carl Zeiss Tessar 1:3.5 f=75 mm. The serial number is 1670170. Can anyone tell me if this could be the original lens?
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I own a T version.. It has the Fantastic Tessar lens on it. It's not Grey version which is a beautiful camera , but it's black leather version. After I got it back from Fleenor, it works like fine swiss watch. Boy does it turn heads when I'm shooting with it. It's very exciting to load it up with fim and knowing that it will perform and exeeds my expectation on image quality. I will say that light meter is kind of wonkie.
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I'm sure it is---no one ever changes the lens on a TLR, do they? It seems fantastically difficult to do the calibration properly without the original factory tooling.
Originally Posted by TheToadMen
The Vade Mecum says the CZJ range of serial numbers from 1953-59 was 1,100,000-2,600,000, so yours would be somewhere in the mid-1950s, quite consistent with a 1958 body. I've read that Zeiss are happy to look up the exact date in response to email.
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