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    Awesome story!!! Those are expensive cameras - enjoy it and think of/thank him often.

    When i was in grad school, i took a short "J-Term" (January only) course which had a brief section on photography. Long story short, the Prof. (the Dean of that particular part of the school) invited to teach me photography (w/a Pentax K1000) for the semester - sort of as an independant study. He/his department supplied the film and pre-paid developer envelopes (so free developing!!!!). We met weekly to examine photo's and new lessons.

    At the end of the semester, (i was also *finally* graduating), he stopped by my wifes office (she worked on campus) and dropped off a grey bag, asking my wife to not open it, but "he (meaning me) will know what to do with 'it'". The "it" was a Minolta X-700, a Minolta MD W. Rokkor-X 24mm f2.8 lens, a Minolta MD 50mm f2 lens and a Minolta MD Tele 70-210mm f4 lens - all in LIKE NEW condition.

    The X-700 had a circuit/capacitor failure so i had it repaired, but after some other malfunctions, i sold it and the 50mm f2 to fund a SRT202. The other lenses i have to this day!!!

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    I'm still humbled by my good fortune. I'm always on the look out for the $10 garage sale Leica but this Rolleiflex has much more meaning than a cheap score from an unwitting seller. I plan on using the camera until I can't anymore and then passing it (and its story) along to its next lucky user.

    The camera is in great condition, you can tell he liked it a lot. The leather has some pretty wear on the sides where your hands contact it but other than that it looks great for a 55 year old camera, no dings or scratches. The lenses are in great shape and the speeds all sound about right when I compare them to my FE. The only thing a little off is that the shutter release is a little slow to return to the "out" position, but its usually back by the time I've finished winding the film. I've already shot most of a roll of Tri-X in it so we'll see how the Xenotar performs compared to my wife's Yashica Mat when we get back home.

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    That was really nice of him and good of you to appreciate it and share the story. Thanks!

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    I have a Rolleiflex 2.8, excellent camera. I hope you enjoy it for a long time.

    Jeff

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    Great story Adam and it sounds like he gave the camera to the right person. Use it in good health!

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    I have a Rollei 2.8C of about the same vintage. You may find the sticky shutter button loosens up a bit with use. If not, a CLA by a Rollei specialist might be in order. Mine has never been in the shop for a clean/lube/adjust and it seems to work perfectly, but I'd like to send it in for a lube job before all the Rollei techs disappear. Enjoy that camera, I know I will never part with mine unless I give it to someone who will appreciate it.

    Peter Gomena

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    Quote Originally Posted by pgomena View Post
    I have a Rollei 2.8C of about the same vintage. You may find the sticky shutter button loosens up a bit with use. If not, a CLA by a Rollei specialist might be in order. Mine has never been in the shop for a clean/lube/adjust and it seems to work perfectly, but I'd like to send it in for a lube job before all the Rollei techs disappear. Enjoy that camera, I know I will never part with mine unless I give it to someone who will appreciate it.

    Peter Gomena
    I agree sounds like it needs a trip to Harry Fleenor, He overhauled my 2.8d and installed a maxwell screen. The schneider lens is incredibly sharp.

    Nik

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    now, lets see some images

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    What a remarkable story! Very kind and generous of the man indeed...

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    Quote Originally Posted by dasBlute View Post
    now, lets see some images
    The first roll of Tri-X is drying as we speak and the negatives look pretty good to me, though I'm still not very good at judging negatives. Its about time I found a way to set up my enlarger (that I also got for free ) and see how I do printing. Apartment living isn't conducive to having a permanent darkroom unfortunately. If any of the photos turn out ok I'll scan and share them.

    I think I might look into sending it off for a tune up after the first of the year, I'd really like to have it with me when we go visit my wife's family in Philly and DC at Christmas. For the price I paid for it there's no excuse not to spend a little money and getting running like new!

    Adam

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