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Discussion in 'Collector's Corner' started by JenR, May 27, 2008.

  1. JenR

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    I have a Rolleiflex camera (serial # 1769584) with a Planar f3.5 75 mm lens.

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    I think it is a Rolleiflex 3.5E (type 1). Is that right? How much would something like this be worth? Thanks all!

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    What usayit means is that is a total POS and he will pay shipping to get it off your hands.




    lol
    Beautiful camera!
     
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    K-e-e-p-e-r!!!!

    Lucky!
     
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    I'll look at the camera's serial number when I get home, to find out the year it's been made. They usually go for several hundred dollars in good condition.
     
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    Between $400 and $500, if in good condition?

    Best,
    Helen
     
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    Probably about $520 if it works perfectly.
     
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    They are really nice cameras to use, and this looks like a well kept example of the 3.5E. Why are you selling it? I have three Rolleiflex TLRs (wide, normal and tele) and wouldn't think of selling any of them.

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    Helen

    PS There is a screw-thread filter adapter fitted to the lens.
     
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    Mike_E No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    What is a life long friend worth?

    There are better cameras out there but not for what you would get for this one. Not close.

    Treat yourself and send it for a TLC and get some film. Then take it for a ride somewhere nice and burn a roll.

    Some where with a table on a sidewalk or a coffee shop with a large front window and an eclectic clientèle will do (but not starbucks).


    Um, oh, where was I? :)

    Any way, you get the point. Great wines don't come in a square container but great cameras can. :lol:
     
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    I understand that you re helping a relitive with old cameras. Don;t sell anything until you have had a chance to really find a reliable source for value, particularly of cameras that might be rare, or large format. Go to View Camera Magazine and look up some of the used equipment dealers.
    Judge Sharpe
     
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    Word! You, my friend, just earned yourself a free cup of coffee from me!:lol:

    Catch is, you'll have to visit Phoenix some day to have it... ;)

    OK, back to the Rollie now. A 3.5E with Planar sold on eBay for $475 some time ago. Another one did not sell at $455 (in less perfect shape). Yours seems in much better condition, judging from the pics, than any of the two above so I'm going to go on a limb here and price it between $550 and $600. If you have other accessories with it, such as lens shades, you could actually ask for sure about $600, and get it! But... IMHO you should hang on to it, you'll always regret selling it, that is if you plan to sell it. Trust me, I've sold many a camera like yours that I now regret selling. Put some BW film in it, go shooting and be prepared to see some of the most incredible negatives! Go have fun with it!
     
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    how do the planar and the older tessar compare?

    According to the Rolleiclub website this is a Model K4C built between 1956 and 1959. Looking at the specs, I'm EXTERMELY jealous....
     

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