Sounds like I should be selling my restored Rolleis in Japan!
Originally Posted by IloveTLRs
I will recommend the V (again). When I print anything taken with mine I wonder why I own any other cameras.
Originally Posted by tony lockerbie
"People who say things won't work are a dime a dozen. People who figure out how to make things work are worth a fortune" - Dave Rat.
- toby -
I am aware of existence and basic features of Rolleicord V (or Va, Vb) but newer heard of "1V" version. Could you tell me a bit more about it?
- IloveTLRs -
so, do we make a deal ?
I have a Rolliecord V, recently sold a C220 and used a new-at-the-time 124G in high school. Other than the meter, I much prefer the Rolleicord. It just feels like like such a nice piece of kit and it a pleasure to use (of course I'm also older now, so tastes change!). The weak link in all of these are the relatively dim screen. I find that I always use the magnifier and hold it up to my eye. No big deal. I think I will be getting a Maxwell screen soon, though. The fact that I am spending over $100 on a screen for a camera that cost me $130 should tell you how much I like it......
There are certainly pre-war Automats still around in usable condition. I had one when I was a student in the 1960s and in fact took my most famous photograph (of David Bowie, see APUG gallery) with this. At the same time, I remember screwing up an assignment during this period to photograph amateur theatricals (not very bright stage lighting) because the viewfinder was so dim and I couldn't focus properly. I abandoned a Rollei T a few years ago for the same reason (great lens, but I couldn't see to focus) and thought I had had it with Rolleis, but last year I bought another T on e-bay which was alleged to have been fully serviced (and had been!). This has a nice bright finder and I hope to keep this example indefinitely. I still have a pre-war Automat as well, the taking lens looks OK and the shutter works, but the viewfinder is mighty murky!
Originally Posted by tony lockerbie
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The Rolleicord model 1V came just before the V which is the last of the 'Cords. From memory the main difference was the fact that the V had the interchangeable finder so you could fit a prism. It may have had 22o capability, but I'm not sure.
A new (or simply cleaned when possible) mirror alone can work wonders for a Rollei's viewfinder. A high quality fresnel is better yet as it evens out the illumination and brightens the corners as well.
Yes, you should. I looked at an original 6x6 Rolleiflex today (1928~1932) the one with the level in the viewfinder. Broken (the shutter was acting funny), the store wanted ¥20000 ($170?) for it.
Originally Posted by Mike Kovacs
This guy: http://www.siufai.dds.nl/RolleiOriginal.htm
Those who know, shoot film
Well, the things have happened. I just took it via Buy-it-Now and hope to get a beautifull Rolleiflex 3.5T (black, version 1) in a week . It is supposed to be in a very nice condition (pictures of it look great) and fully working order, plus it has 1 year warranty. I keep my fingers crossed that it is really so. For 200 euro (~ $260) I did not resist. I wanted to get an autocord but nice example of late model is hard to find.
Thanks to all of you for your help. I will let you know my first impressions soon.
I feel like I should bump this thread which I started long time ago. The point is - I have made a BIG mistake. I sold the Rolleiflex T in 2010 (to fund Mamiya 6 which I have now) and increasingly miss it
So - I am more and more seriously looking at getting a TLR again. As I do not plan to make the same mistake twice - once I will manege to get one I will NOT sell it again.
Contrary to many I actually liked the coupled shutter/aperture settings (though the lever was a bit small for secure grip in particular in cold weather). I also liked the film winding/shutter cocking and I am not sure I would like to swap with for the controls on Rolleicord in this regard.
I am looking at about the same candidates like last time (Autocord, Rolleicord, Rolleiflex T), though I would consider also the E or F 3.5 models (depends on funds a bit). However I decided to learn a bit more about the models in question before making the decision. I have contacted Harry Fleenor and asked him about Rolleiflex T and he told me, that it has less strong/reliable film winding and front controls as either Rolleicords (which are simpler) or Rolleiflex Xenotar/Plannar models (which are more robust). He explicitly mentioned that the T was not made for heavy use.
Now, I did not experience any problems with the T during the time I had it, but in the light of the above I would like to ask a few reliability related questions.
1) What about the reliability of the Minolta Autocord (later models with Citizen shutter)? I would love to hear comments on the internal robustness - any comments from repair/service?
2) Rolleiflex T owners - did you experience problems with film winding or the front controls?
3) I never had any other TLR in hand than the T - how does it compare to say 3.5F and/or Rolleicord V models side by side and in the use? How is the viewing screen? I found the screen on the T rather bright, but I was never sure whether it was the original one (when I bought the camera it was mounted upside/down and the camera miss-focused).