Rolleicord -- any good?

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  1. doobs

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    I've been looking for a good MF TLR, and I've found a Rolleicord for 120 bucks on craigslist. Is this a good deal? How's the camera? Anyone shoot one of these? Do you like it? I've only shot a TLR once, and I don't remember what it was. But I liked it. Any help would be awesome!

    EDIT: Says it's had a recent tune up as well.

    EDIT: I've found a Yashica 44 as well that says it takes 127 format film. I do believe 120 format is easily modifiable to fit in 127 film cameras, correct? How's this work out, and how is the Yashica 44?

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    I have a Rolleicord and really like it. If KSMattfish is still around, he'll vouch for 'em too; although I think he uses the larger Rolleiflex. Anyways, that seems like a pretty good deal, as I think they seem to go for quite a bit more on sleBay. I paid $75 for mine through a craigslist ad, and it hadn't had a recent CLA.
     
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    I can't seem to find any information on this camera. Am I going to have to buy a separate meter? And is this thing fixed focus?
     
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    Yes. Or use another camera as a meter.

    No.
     
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    I don't suppose a 35mm camera will work? I could bring my digital around for test shots/metering as well. Or perhaps I can just utilize the Sunny 16 rule?

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    I use sunny 16 with mine. Seems to work well. I've never tried using the meter in my Pentax, though I suppose it would work well enough.
     
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    I read somewhere that the 35mm meter was different from a TLR's meter. I could be mistaken. I'll shoot a roll or two with the Sunny 16 when I get it and see how it works out.
     
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    Any meter (from a MF camera, 35mm camera, dSLR, handheld...) will work. 1/125 s at f16 (for example) is the same for any camera. So you can meter with a film or digital SLR and use those settings (aperture and shutter speed) on the Rolleircord.
     
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    Awesome, I'll just bring the Pentax along then as well, while shooting. Something I'd probably do anyway. I'm going to shoot the seller an email now.

    Thanks for all the help!
     
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    Mine is a pre ww2 model, still takes excellent pics.

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    I'm not sure what model it is, it just says Rolleicord medium format camera -- $120, then has a picture. I'll try to get more information.
     
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    Ask the seller if the lenses are clear (both inside and out) and if the shutter works at all speeds without sticking. They can't guarantee that the speeds are accurate, but if they respond to this simple question with the old "I don't know nothin' about cameras" then be wary.

    As for using 120 film in 127 cameras, I think you might be thinking about using it in 220 format cameras. 220 is essentially the same as 120 but with a longer roll of film (requiring different spacing for the pressure plate). However 127 is a smaller format. You'd either have to find a source for 127 film, or cut your own to fit. Either way I think you'd be better sticking with 120 format cameras, both for the convenience and for the benefits of the larger negative.
     

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