Thank you for all the replies. I have been away for the weekend, so i haven't had the chance to check in and reply!
Thank you Dan. I'll definitely go for better test shots. During the week, I don't have much time to do test shots in good light. I'll have to see what I can do over one weekend. It may be that the curvature is better. The mountain slope, which is sharp in the centre, is a good 100 meters away from the camera. The wall can't be more than 25 or 30 meters away. Even that skew light pole is sharper at its base than at the top. Will try and find a flatter target.
Originally Posted by Dan Daniel
I'll check the rear lens group when I can. At the moment, I have a roll of film in the camera...
Originally Posted by ic-racer
Interesting. Thanks. It has always been my habit to advance the transport prior to taking my image. Seems like a good habit :)
Originally Posted by jochen
It will be best to give the camera to an expert, however, it's not the easiest option for me right now... I'll do this when I have a friend going to and coming from the USA, but first I'de need to get my other Rollei working (Automat MX EVS). Seems she has gotten herself a new problem. The film advance doesn't stop at the frame numbers when a film is in the camera.
Interesting. Hopefully I can have it looked at by a qualified repair man. Perhaps I could simply buy a new Rollei. A 2.8E or something reasonably priced.
Originally Posted by sangetsu
Originally Posted by Ian Grant
Yeah, definitely needs more testing. However, I have seen on some of my images, that even at f/11 or f/16, that the problem can still be seen, but to a lesser degree of course.
A quick fix for the film advance problem on your Automat- put a single layer of cellophane tape on the sensor roller (the one you thread the paper leader under when loading the camera). That should solve it.
Thanks. I gave that a try, but it didn't work. That click sound the camera makes, which sounds when the film starts under the backing paper, is heard even without the added tape.
Originally Posted by TheFlyingCamera
I tried normal thin tape, and also a thicker gaffer tape. The numbers roll through without stopping. Wonder what the problem is. Everything happens in threes... what is next? :p
So, for those interested, here is the update...
I found some RPX 400 in the fridge, which, in my opinion, is not a nice film when Rodinal is the only developer around.
So, the only use it has for me is test film...
I screwed the front taking lens group outward until the black ring was aligned with the silver ring sitting around it. This is about 0,55mm outward from it's most tightened position.
I took some shots with bracketed focus to compensate for the change in focus.
I then shot an image of the same composition but with the front group screwed all the way in.
Surprisingly, the images taken with the front group screwed outward, showed the best results. The far edges still focused inward compared to the centre, but not nearly as much as with the front group screwed in.
Bellow are the links to the images. Please note, the tree is not the focus point. I focused for the hills, at infinity. Shot at f/3.5
Front group screwed out and Front group screwed in