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I just spent a little time with a Rolleiflex and developed the film.

 

As an M9-P user it was such a lovely experience and easy camera to use. Not only have I fallen for the Rolleiflex I have also fallen in love with film again.

 

Where is the best place in Europe to source a Rolleiflex? I think we may pick up a cheapish one here in Hong Kong before we fly back to Monaco tomorrow.

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There is also the Leica dealer in Copenhagen (can't remember their name) but they had a nice selection when I visited on the One Challenge last year.

 

I have a Rolleicord VB which I'm ashamed to admit that I've yet to use - saw it in a local dealers window and had to give it a home!

 

Then a while later the same dealer put a Baby Rollei (127 film) in his window and I ended up taking that one home too, which I have used and it is lovely - the only problem now is that I didn't stock up on 127 film in time and only have a few rolls left. Then it's either attempting to cut/respool 120 or using 35mm.

 

But yes, they are very nice cameras to use.

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It must be something catching, I have Rolleicord Vb as well. Lovely camera, although I'm slightly 'off' square format at the moment I fully anticipate using it again soon. The Rolleiflex is more automated and quicker to use, but not by much, and the Rolleicord is so much cheaper and not far behind in lens quality, not enough to make a fuss over, kind of like Summicron versus Summarit in Leica terms.

 

Steve

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A "cheapish" one may end up costing you more overall because of high CLA costs. With the Rolleiflex condition is everything, if you want to get one (or more) to keep look for one in very good condition. Even then it will still probably need a CLA. I got my f3.5 E3 from Iceland which is not where I was looking...

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I've had 2 Rolleiflexes, both from 1959. My 2.8F was just like new - slick and taut at the same time. My 3.5F is a bit more arthritic, but only in comparison. They are insanely well built, and I'd put money on my 2.8F still being in use long after I've shuffled off this mortal coil (accidents ignored).

Plenty of people still maintain them, parts are available, and in most cases they are worth far more than the cost of a service.

 

 

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Just now, tommonego@gmail.com said:

Just had my 1952 2.8 C CLAd at LeZot Camera, they did an excellent job, was around $200 with shipping. This really made the 2.8 Planar shine.

That would be an option, to send it in for a refresh, but all the advertised repairers are in US and I live in the EU. Ironically the camera is made in Germany so there should be plenty over here to. 

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The Rolleiflex is one of my all time favourite cameras (my M4 might be another). Had a 75mm/3.5 over a decade ago. I recently had to buy one again, the draw was irresistible. Just got some FP4+ but no chance to put a roll through it yet. Got it from eBay without trying it, but it looks OK at first inspection and shutter works although no idea if accurate.

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On 2/4/2021 at 5:40 PM, gabrielaszalos said:

That would be an option, to send it in for a refresh, but all the advertised repairers are in US and I live in the EU. Ironically the camera is made in Germany so there should be plenty over here to. 

There are specialists in the UK and the EU but I'd say most camera repairers could fix one, it's simple mechanical camera stuff.

Also, if you buy from a dealer, most will provide some warranty. No need to fix it if it ain't broke.

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