Wanted: viewscreen for Rolleiflex TLR

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  1. voodoocat

    voodoocat ))<>(( Supporting Member

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    I inherited a Rolleiflex TLR built between 1934-37 It's missing the groundglass. I tried making one but cannot get ahold of glass thin enough to put in the camera. Beatties are too expensive.
     
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    Maybe find somebody with a 4x5 (or bigger) screen that's cracked and make one out of that? 8)

    Jim
     
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    That's a wonderful idea! Thanks.
     
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    How thin does it need to be? Could you use sanded plexiglass?

    Cutting down a bigger ground glass is a good idea if it is thin enough. Take it to a window shop to get it cut. They can probably cut it neatly and grind the edges for a few bucks.

    What do the folks who replace the original screen with Beattie or Maxwell screens do with their old ones? I'd think there'd be some around. In fact, when I get mine replaced I'll give you my old screen; I just don't know when that will be.

    Also look for "parts only" Rollei's. You might be able to get one with a screen for cheap.

    Do you know what kind of Rollei TLR you have? I recently aquired a Rolleiflex 3.5E with a Zeiss Planar. I think it was made in 1957. I've been shooting it for about a month now. I LOVE IT!!! I love looking at a ground glass instead of squinting through a viewfinder. I also really like the ease of getting low angles. TLRs may be the perfect camera for taking little kid pics. Recently I've been blowing up some Rollei shots to 16" x 16". They look awesome.
     
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    I have the new standard rolleiflex. Manufactured between 1934-1937. It has the zeiss tessar f3.8 lens. It's not coated so this wont be a camera I use a whole lot.
     
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    It also occurred to me that a YashicaMat 124 screen might fit this, since the Yashica is an unabashed copy of the Rollei... :shock:

    Jim
     
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    Voodoo... We chatted about this earlier, outside the forum (thx for inviting me on this Forum, it's a blast!).

    The idea about the 4x5 is generally good but the ground glass is too thick for the Rollei. The Yashica is better, yet there is another camera, a Russian made TLR called Liubitel, you can get one for under $50. Then you'll have two cameras and one ground glass... :D I'm not sure it fits properly but it might be worth a shot.

    BTW, if you want to make ground glass you can do it by hand, I used medium to fine to super-fine grit sand paper or you can load it in an orbital sander. The trick is to not develop a pattern in grinding it, otherwise it won't come out good. The more I think the more I believe in all being hand made...
     

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