After a little bit of playing around, I realized that the Rolleicord I bought on ebay (good exterior except for 1 dent, good glass, stuck shutter) in non-functioning condition, really in fact does work. So I cleaned it up a little inside and out, loaded a roll of Fuji Reala in it, and am going to test it today.
It will take about 2 weeks, but hopefully I will have something to post when I get my film back.
I am fairly new to this forum so I don't know if you already know about it or have it, but a book called "The Rollei Way" with ISBN 0240 44911 8 by L.A. Mannheim is very good and goes through a lot of the different Rollei TLRs. I haven't found it for sale but my public library has it.
Karspoul, right now I'm leaning towards the Agfa Optima II pro, though the Fuji Reala had nice color and saturation. For portraits the Fuji NPL pro 160 works nice. The only B&W I've shot in any format is Kodak T-Max, and I really like it a lot! What's ironic, is I've burned more roll film testing the Ricoh's focus than I have in regular photos. I've got a refrigerator full of film, that will change real soon!
Thanks - that was just in time... since TOMORROW (16 hours from now!) I am picking up my camera - I will have somewhere between 6 and 8 different to choose from - all refurbished and ready to shoot. I really feel like a small kid!
I just wonder how big an assortment of roll films he carries - hm!
Karspoul- Pop the four screws on top of the camera and you can get to the mirror from there. The mirrors used "silver" back then, and sometimes the silver deteriorates over time. You can also clean the inside of the viewing lens while you are in there. Be sure to use LENS paper, not the paper for eye glasses. The viewing screen will have little grooves in it on the bottom, just dust it with canned air or a camel hair brush. I wouldn't try to actually "clean" it otherwise. You can clean the top of the view screen with the camera together.
I would also clean the taking lens, inside and out before shooting any film. Again, use the lens paper made for cameras, not eye glasses (this is important).
I went so far into the "machine" already. I'll tried it with the canned air. Unfortunately I don't develop myself (yet). Perhaps using this dream machine will. I stands on a shelf right now and I can't make myself take it away from there. It is SO pretty.
Yes, they do have a "prettiness" about them! When I use mine I always get the "Oh, wow, what kind of camera is that?" sort of reaction. And everyone wants to see the results afterwards. It is such a lovely camera to use and so-o-o-o cool at the same time!
You have made me get mine out and put a couple of velvias through it..
Sometimes when I have a Rollie out, I'll get smiles and nods from some old-timers who know. The only real comment came from a guy who told me he has a Digital Camera store, and was sporting the latest "under $200. digital wonder."
His comment was, "wow, I haven't seen anything like that in a long time, it works?"
He left and I told my wife, "A dealer and he doesn't know a Rolleiflex? I'm not impressed!"
We were shooting waterfalls, which generally require about a 2 second exposure to blur the water nicely. I wonder which of us got the better shot?