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    May cost more than the camera. Mine arrived a few days ago. I just wish the had designed it a little differently... They could have made it so that it would read to much higher aperatures like those used in pinhole cameras. There is a lot of room on the disk to accomodate the changes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David H. Bebbington View Post
    Just a personal view - the Lubitel is dirt cheap but possibly the worst conceivable choice - unless you are an expert, it's very hard to know what's going on with one of these - how about a shutter running at half speed and a viewfinder in which you can focus only on a small circle in the center, and then only in bright light and if you have perfect eyesight?

    Another point - Rolleis with meters. I have had many Rolleis, only recently got one with a meter and feel the meter is virtually useless. It is strictly speaking accurate, but being a wide-field integrating type, it really needs to be angled downwards to meter landscapes correctly. Unless you can also angle your head downwards and forwards at 45°, you'll find the meter impossible to read. And as it's not coupled, it's no quicker to use than a separate meter.

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    I thought we were used to old full manual and difficult to use cameras... I had absolutely no problems at all using a lubitel 166U.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Greg_E View Post

    May cost more than the camera. Mine arrived a few days ago. I just wish the had designed it a little differently... They could have made it so that it would read to much higher aperatures like those used in pinhole cameras. There is a lot of room on the disk to accomodate the changes.
    I have one of these. I used letraset(sp?) tape and extended the stop markings out to f64.

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    I may machine a new dial and make it go from f1 to beyond f500 and extend the minutes to read several more than 4. Should be easy enough to make the changes.

    edit Revelation, the numbers are just painted on the dial so it will be easy to change.
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    I never could get on with TLRs, but my wife uses a Mamiya C330 for all her medium format work. If that doesn't count as cheap, there is always its little brother the C220 and you get interchangable lenses.

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    So, in the end, my brother-in-law bought a Rolleiflex with 75mm/3.5 Tessar lens from around the year 1956 (I'm not sure of the exact type though). Everything works smoothly and well and the camera is a real pleasure to use. We spent almost all of sunday in the field shooting and then another wonderful hours in the darkroom developing the negatives and exposing some prints. It was a day of photographic pleasures...

    Anyway, thank you all a lot for your recommendations, he took them seriously (the mamyia C330/C220 are almost unobtainable used in our part of the Europe, otherwise he might consider them too)

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    Quote Originally Posted by poutnik View Post
    So, in the end, my brother-in-law bought a Rolleiflex with 75mm/3.5 Tessar lens from around the year 1956 (I'm not sure of the exact type though). Everything works smoothly and well and the camera is a real pleasure to use. We spent almost all of sunday in the field shooting and then another wonderful hours in the darkroom developing the negatives and exposing some prints. It was a day of photographic pleasures...

    Anyway, thank you all a lot for your recommendations, he took them seriously (the mamyia C330/C220 are almost unobtainable used in our part of the Europe, otherwise he mind consider them too)

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    Good choice - as you say, a real pleasure to use if everything is in good order. If you like, post the serial number and I will look it up for you and identify the model.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David H. Bebbington View Post
    Good choice - as you say, a real pleasure to use if everything is in good order. If you like, post the serial number and I will look it up for you and identify the model.

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    Thanks for the offer David, the camera's SN is 1276338.

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    Quote Originally Posted by poutnik View Post
    Thanks for the offer David, the camera's SN is 1276338.

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    This makes the camera a Rolleiflex MX (Type 2), made between June 1951 and March 1954 (serial number range 1267000 to 1427999). Apparently this model was fitted with a Zeiss-Opton Tessar until the end of 1953 and then a Carl Zeiss Tessar in 1954.

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    Thanks a lot David, I'll pass that info to my brother-in-law...

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