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    Which Rolleiflex models have parallax correction

    I've read that some Rolleiflexes have parallax correction of some sorts but can't find which models have this. Any Rollei experts out there who can help? More curious than anything as I'm not ready to get one yet.

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    which rolleiflex compensate for parallax

    almost all of them except the very earliest models made in the 30s. If it has a coated lens (post wwii) it's got compensation. As you focus, a frame under the focusing glass shifts up and down. You can see it do this.

    But all the models built from 1950 on that you see for sale will compensate, even if you use rolleinar close-up lenses.

    this includes rolleiflex and rolleicord models, with interchangeable hoods or not. If it's a rollei, what you see is what you shoot.

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    Great, thanks much.

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    Well, there is ALWAYS parallax with a TLR. What you see is always offset an inch or more from what you get on film. For most purposes, this parallax is minor. The closer you get, the more parallax will be a factor. The shifting frame device in Rolleis helps with overall framing.

    A single lens reflex or a view camera ground glass DOES show you what you will get on film without parallax. Mamiya and Minolta made devices that offset the camera this distance between the taking and viewing lens.

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    Yeah, I'm used to Parallax, from using RF cameras. I mainly like the idea of correction for a rough framing guide. I tend to compose a bit loose anyway, even in SLRs as I usually print in whole plate (6.5" x 8.5") size. most of what I doesn't require strict near-far juxtaposition. If I need it I, I use my SLRs instead.

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    Most of them, even the Rolleicords and "T" have it. However, no Yashica had it. No 'baby' had it either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Daniel View Post
    Well, there is ALWAYS parallax with a TLR. What you see is always offset an inch or more from what you get on film. For most purposes, this parallax is minor. The closer you get, the more parallax will be a factor. The shifting frame device in Rolleis helps with overall framing.

    A single lens reflex or a view camera ground glass DOES show you what you will get on film without parallax. Mamiya and Minolta made devices that offset the camera this distance between the taking and viewing lens.
    That's right Dan, parallax is only significant at a distance of less than ten times of the focal length of the lens in use, so in the case of a 75 mm lens on a Rollei it would be 750mm.
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    But at least with a TLR it's only on one axis! I had a funky old 35mm RF that had no parallax correction for the framelines, and an uncoupled RF mechanism. That took a while to get used to...

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtngael View Post
    I've read that some Rolleiflexes have parallax correction of some sorts but can't find which models have this. Any Rollei experts out there who can help? More curious than anything as I'm not ready to get one yet.
    Just about all of them
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    Thanks for the replies. I'm not sure why none of my info searches turned that up.

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