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prism for rolleiflex

anyone know what the options are for fitting a prism to a rolleiflex tessar 3.5? to go from waist level to eye level.


by Kenneth Dickerman at 2005-10-13 10:33:37 UTC (ed. Mar 12 2008 ) Chicago, Il , United States | Bookmark | | Report spam→

don’t know if the prisms will fit the older rolleis with the tessars. look at your waist-level-finder. does it slide off if you press the two tabs at the sides? or is it screwed into the top of the camera?

if it slides, you are in luck. you can get a prism for between $150-$300. however the prism is quite heavy and changes the balance of the camera. there’s a newer, lighter one made more recently for the resurrected rollei TLRs of the 1990s, that will also fit E and F models from the sixties, but that prism will cost $900+.

if your WLF screws, i don’t think you can do it. i think this is everything before E, F, T models?

tell us the serial number of your camera, i’ll look it up and we’ll see if yours should take a prism.

by [former member] | 13 Oct 2005 13:10 | Oxford, Ohio, United States | | Report spam→
thanks alan. it does snap off, and the serial number is 1585579


by Kenneth Dickerman | 13 Oct 2005 17:10 | Chicago, Il, United States | | Report spam→
whoops. wrong number. it’s 2107367

by Kenneth Dickerman | 14 Oct 2005 06:10 | Chicago, Il, United States | | Report spam→
according to “collectors guide to rollei cameras” by Arthur G. Evans, published 1986:

camera # 2107367 is a Rolleiflex T type 1, manufactured from 1958-1966

“Shutter speeds and apertures are controlled by a lever rather than by the wheels found on other models of the period. The T sports a REMOVABLE HOOD, Rolleiclear screen, spring-loaded locking device on PC connector, film reminder on focusing knob, non-adjustable pressure plate.”

also, “The T (for Tessar) was designed to place a model between other Rolleiflexes and the Rolleicords. Franke & Heidecke could afford to offer the T for less than the other Rolleiflexes because they incorporated more expensive lenses. Interestingly enough, today used T’s sell for about the same price as other Rolleis of the same age…”

so, yes, you can get the prism, as the book says, your T is the same vintage as the E and F models.

camera #1585579, the first number, appears to be a Rolleicord Va type 1 made 1957-1958 with a Schneider Xenar lens. this camera cannot take the prism. only the later Vb (last of the Rolleicords) can do this.

NB. i replaced by original focusing screen in my 3.5F with a Beattie brightscreen with split-image in the middle. Cost about $90 at B&H. Also you can get filter for taking lens made by B&W, about $40. And I found a cheap Accura (Japanese made) lens hood that fits over the taking lens as well.

by [former member] | 15 Oct 2005 18:10 | New York, New York, United States | | Report spam→

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