The Roniflex X3000

Discussion in 'Collector's Corner' started by smithdan, Aug 24, 2017.

  1. smithdan

    smithdan No longer a newbie, moving up!

    Joined:
    Sep 1, 2012
    Messages:
    517
    Likes Received:
    439
    Location:
    Southwest Alberta Canada.
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    On her last trip to England, my wife found this plastic wonder. Research found that it is quite a hit with the lomography crowd.

    01s.jpg




    This rather handsome critter features a handy if cheesy carry strap and the new (but probably not improved) lens from that well known "optical" lensworks.



    02s.jpg
    Pulling up on the rewind knob unlatches the back. It then becomes necessary to try and open it up using fingernails, paper clips, your comb or whatever is handy. Pushing it back down is futile as it won't stay there or rewind the film either when called upon to do so. Colourful little pictures attempt to indicate a choice of exposure settings. For the more technical among us, f no's are printed on the other side.

    04s.jpg
    I was going to say something about the workmanship in here but changed my mind.

    IMGP1074.JPG
    Not a 'flex of any description. More like a primitive aiming device.


    Time for a test drive. Was going to go all lomo-ey so loaded up a roll of hopelessly expired Gold 200. Would have had to ship it out so threw it in some past due D76. Perhaps a colour run later, or not.


    01s.jpg
    This mysteriously arrived across the alley week or so ago. The mattress has been a longer resident.

    02s.jpg

    03s.jpg
    Three times while advancing the film the shutter fired, this on a 24 frame roll.

    04s.jpg
    I like my truck.


     
    Last edited: Aug 24, 2017
    • Like Like x 2
    • Funny Funny x 1
  2. dxqcanada

    dxqcanada Been spending a lot of time on here!

    Joined:
    Dec 4, 2008
    Messages:
    6,086
    Likes Received:
    907
    Location:
    Woodbridge, Ontario, Canada
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    That is ... well, hmm ... ah ... hmm.
     
    • Agree Agree x 1
    • Funny Funny x 1
  3. vintagesnaps

    vintagesnaps Been spending a lot of time on here!

    Joined:
    Jan 13, 2013
    Messages:
    6,244
    Likes Received:
    1,817
    Location:
    US
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    That's priceless! :clap: 'Roni'flex, how clever. With a 'new' optical lens - and it's the X3000 model - what more could you want?

    These cheap and cheesy plastic cameras can be fun to play around with. Especially if you're easily entertained (which, apparently, I am).
     
    • Like Like x 1
  4. compur

    compur No longer a newbie, moving up!

    Joined:
    Mar 6, 2008
    Messages:
    2,970
    Likes Received:
    490
    Location:
    L.A.
    When I search eBay for Roniflex the search engine changes it to "Rolliflex" and I get all the sellers who can't spell Rolleiflex.
     
    • Funny Funny x 2
  5. Derrel

    Derrel Mr. Rain Cloud

    Joined:
    Jul 23, 2009
    Messages:
    40,008
    Likes Received:
    15,005
    Location:
    USA
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    I thought the Roniflex came as a free bonus gift with a subscription to some magazines that were sold back in the late 1980's?
     
  6. jcdeboever

    jcdeboever TPF Supporters Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Sep 5, 2015
    Messages:
    13,636
    Likes Received:
    7,122
    Location:
    Michigan
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    I seen one in the back of a Richie Rich comic book. It came with a free pirate eye patch and a pack of garlic gum.
     
    • Funny Funny x 2
  7. smithdan

    smithdan No longer a newbie, moving up!

    Joined:
    Sep 1, 2012
    Messages:
    517
    Likes Received:
    439
    Location:
    Southwest Alberta Canada.
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    Remember those. Some had TIME as a brand and also boasted an "Optical" lens. They were cleverly shown in the print ads to appear better than they really were. Saw one once branded Canon, not two n's as expected and similar font. Wondered how they got away with that.
    Another example of this genre is my Weston WX 7, "featured" a couple of years ago in this section. It had white metal weights inside to give it some semblance of reality.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  8. smithdan

    smithdan No longer a newbie, moving up!

    Joined:
    Sep 1, 2012
    Messages:
    517
    Likes Received:
    439
    Location:
    Southwest Alberta Canada.
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    When I was about 8 I ordered one of those HIT "spy cameras" from a comic book. Came with a fake leather case and 3 (?) rolls of film. No gum, can't remember if it came with x-ray specs or not. Drugstore wouldn't send it off, aunt tried home processing but negs all black.
     
    • Like Like x 2
  9. jcdeboever

    jcdeboever TPF Supporters Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Sep 5, 2015
    Messages:
    13,636
    Likes Received:
    7,122
    Location:
    Michigan
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    Lol.
     
  10. compur

    compur No longer a newbie, moving up!

    Joined:
    Mar 6, 2008
    Messages:
    2,970
    Likes Received:
    490
    Location:
    L.A.
    My first camera was also a Hit. I bought it for a dollar when I was a kid in a souvenir shop at Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco. I shot one roll but I also couldn't get it processed. I was deeply disappointed.
     
    Last edited: Aug 25, 2017
  11. Dany

    Dany No longer a newbie, moving up!

    Joined:
    Dec 13, 2011
    Messages:
    127
    Likes Received:
    215
    Location:
    Paris
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit


    These superb packages of high technology (Canonmatic, Roniflex and others) have an obvious advantage:
    They often can be found in mint condition because they were stored in a drawer for ever after the first roll has been processed and prints made.
     
    • Agree Agree x 1

Share This Page