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    Quote Originally Posted by M.A.Longmore View Post
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    May The Photographic Force Be With You !

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    "While you're out there smashing the state, don't forget to keep a smile on your lips and a song in your heart!"

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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.

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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.

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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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