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Re: [Rollei] Rollei TLR advance problem
- Subject: Re: [Rollei] Rollei TLR advance problem
- From: Richard Knoppow <dickburk >
- Date: Sun, 02 Sep 2001 21:31:10 -0700
- References: <126.96.36.199.20010902174035.009ebec0 >
At 08:56 PM 09/02/2001 -0500, you wrote:
>Thanks for the response. I've read a lot of your posts on other lists,
>Format, Etc) and almost feel like I know you.
>Richard Knoppow wrote:
>> The finder hood should have a folding mirror in it for eye level
>> focusing, but no sports finder.
>The hood has a round lens in the back, but the front is solid, no mirror. My
>other Rollei has the folding mirror. It has the large plate with the
>that folds up critical focus. This older model only has a small magnifier
>ring attached to the back of the hood.
>I tried the loading test with a business card, and still no luck. I suspect
>the works are gummed up, because the winding crank is much harder to turn
>my other camera.
>BTW, my other Rollei is a Tessar 3.5 as well, Zeiss Jena, with a red T on it.
>The serial number is 1269047. I looked it up once, and it seemed to be a
>model, or close. It was a gift to me from a Seminary professor while I
>staff photographer at the school. He bought it new in Rome and used it
>Crown Graphic while he was a missionary in Africa. He told stories of
>processing film in a tent using river water with his chemistry. The exposure
>chart on the back is in Italian.
>Thanks again for the info!
The mirror may be gone. Check on the crank side of the hood for a small
knob near the lower front. That is the knob for the mirror. Its been a
while since I've seen one if these and I don't remember what you do with
the knob to make the mirror open. Pull it back I think.
If you want to learn about Rolleis this might be a good one since you
didn't pay much for it. There are reprint Rolleiflex repair manuals around
for about $30. Check with Petra Keller htttp://www.camerabooks. com or
with John S. Craig at http://www.craigcamera.com John Craig may also have
an instruction book for it.
Also get _Rollei Technical Report_ Claus Prochnow, Stutgart, 1996,
This had condensed repair instructions for most Rollei cameras. Its in
both German and English. Petra Keller has this book.
These books cover mostly post-war versions of the cameras but there is
little difference and it will give you a guide. Lighter fluid works well as
a cleaning solvent.
If you want the camera overhauled by an expert try Harry Fleenor. There
are other good Rollei techs but I can vouch for him personally.
OCEANSIDE CAMERA REPAIR
909 AVIATION BLVD. #4
MANHATTAN BEACH, CA 90266
The red T on the other camera is the Zeiss symbol for a coated lens.