I want a TLR

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  1. skid2964

    skid2964 TPF Noob!

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    And I have no idea what to get! I see the Rollei's, Yashica's, etc. etc. on eBay alot. But have no idea which one to get.

    Are there decent one's to be had for less than $100 to get started with?

    Do any of them have light meters? (optional, I have a hand held meter).
     
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    I would get a Rollei as they are still in production! http://www.franke-heidecke.net/

    Yeah, they have light meters. ;) $100 might be a little difficult to get something good. $250 ~ $350 would do it though. You should get one, they're way fun!! ;)
     
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    A Yashicamat 124 or 124G should fit the bill, and the lenses are better than the older Rollei's. A decent Rollei from the 60's will fetch much more.

    Ian
     
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    At $100 to spend I second IanG's opinion. A nice Yashicamat would do (get the Yashinon or Lumaxar lens, not the Yashikor) as would a nice Mamyia C2 or C3. The latter has the flexibility of interchangeable lenses.

    Rolleis are great but expensive. If you can afford a Rollei, go for it! ;)
     
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    The Yashicamat 124 & 124G were only available with the better Yashinon lens, they also have the advantage of a CDS exposure meter rather than the earlier selenium meters.

    The Yashinon lens coatings are excellent and almost up to modern multi-coating standards. However it's important to check that the shutters speeds are OK, if the slow speeds run smoothly and don't stick that's a good indication of the overall shutter condition. My Yashicamat 124 shutter didn't and the cost of the CLA (service) added significantly to the overall cost of the camera.

    I also have a Rolleiflex 3.5 (Xenotar) E2, the Rollei is more solidly built and slightly heavier, it's screen isn't quite as bright as the Yashica's. Because my Rolleflex is mint I'm using the Yashicamat as a work-horse here in Turkey, just using the Rollei on the odd occasions I'm in the UK.

    To give you an idea of value a good Yashicamat 124 is worth about $120-$250 higher if mint with original box etc, my Rolleiflex 3.5 E2 was valued by Rollei UK at $1400 (it is in "like new" condition) 3 or 4 years ago but you can find nice E series cameras from about $300-$400 upwards.

    Ian
     
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    nealjpage multi format master in a film geek package

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    Wow! I didn't know that! It's in German, though...Corry is taking German. Corry! Translate these pages for us! :lol:
     
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    He might be reading the site in Russian . . . . . . . or even in English :D

    Ian
     
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    compur No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Yes, Yashica and Rolleicord cameras are plentiful and inexpensive. Just be
    sure the camera you choose is in good working condition without a sticky
    shutter.

    The Yashica-Mat 124 & 124G and the LM models have meters. But,
    a hand held meter is more versatile anyway.
     
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    But I thought you would see the "English" button at the top of the page... You missed it?

    I figured I'd send the default German page and that way you'd know it's roots... A (hopefully) good German optics company. :D
     
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    I think that it maybe a bit out of his price range :lol:
     
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    B&H list the 4.0FW at $6669 and Adorama list it at $5555. I paid rather less than either of those prices for mine from Eli Kurland but that was a while ago, just after it was released. It was then cheaper than an original Wide in good condition.

    B&H list the 2.8FX for $5339. Oddly enough the 2.8GX preceded the 2.8FX: 1987 vs 2001.

    I've never seen the 4.0FT offered, but I think that the price is similar to the 4.0FW. Original Teles are more common than original Wides, and they are decent cameras though they don't focus very closely. You can probably get a good one for $1000 to $1500.

    Best,
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