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Re: [Rollei] Rollei XF35 and Voigtlander VF135



I have a XF35 and it works well for me.  I take it along as a backup camera
and it has never failed me.  Then, again, it does not get much usage.

- ----- Original Message -----
From: "Sven Keller" <keller.schaefer  
To: <rollei  
Sent: Tuesday, November 06, 2001 7:22 AM
Subject: Re: [Rollei] Rollei XF35 and Voigtlander VF135


> The VF 101 is a Rollei redesigned Zeiss Ikon S 310 with fixed lens.
Prochnow
> shows one with interchangeable lens, designated VF 102, but says it was
only
> a prototype (?).
> I am not sure now about the shutter. I think I remember having read Copal
> inside the camera when I had a look inside mine - I will recheck.
> What I was trying to say was that if you find a working XF35 for small
money
> there is no reason why it shouldn't continue to do so. If the shutter
indeed
> falls apart, we at least know somebody who can repair it...
>
> Even without quality issues it is hard to understand how much money Rollei
> charged for their cameras, not only for the XF35. Take the SL 26 for
example
> which had a list price in Germany of almost DM 700 ($ 320) in the early
> seventies!!
>
> Knowing all this I still look at the XF35 and all the other Rollei hits
and
> misses of the seventies with a friendly eye. Some may be pieces of junk
> quality-wise and some were good but came too early or too late but they
are the
> products with which Rollei, as the only company, tried to compete with the
> Japanese manufacturers in the mass market. Rollei did not make it in the
end, but
> I look at these cameras as part of camera history.
>
> Sven Keller
>
>
>
> Sven Keller
>
> ...
> > > Quite clearly it is not a Rollei 35 relative but aimed at a different
> > > market. It also has nothing to do with the older Zeiss Ikon cameras or
> > > with the Voigtländer VF 101.
> >
> > Is that the one with interchangable lenses? As I said they were never
sold
> > in the USA and I have only seen two in my life, both brought over here
> > from
> > Israel.
> >
> > I did not say it had anything to do with older Zeiss-Ikon cameras, but
it
> > was developed from a Z-I prototype that Rollei bought in 1972-3.  My
> > authority on this is Rollei personnel.
> >
> > >
> > > As for repairs, there is not much that can go wrong with its Copal
> > shutter.
> > > One thing to remember is the battery cover that has a bajonet instead
of
> > a
> > > thread. If you turn the cover more than 1/8 of a turn you damage it.
> > >
> >
> > Yes, there is much which can go wrong with the shutter, which I do not
> > believe has anything to do with Copal.  I repaired many of them when I
was
> > an authorized Rollei repairman, and the shutters in many cases simply
fell
> > apart!
> >
> > > The range finder can be adjusted by a small screw under the
leatherette,
> > > directly under the finder window.
> >
> > You're right about that.
> >
> > Bluntly put, the camera is a piece of junk, which was initially sold at
a
> > very high price in the USA until the cameras started coming back.
Toward
> > the end shops stuck with inventory were lucky to get them out the door
> > for $ 50 each.  I didn't keep any, and don't regret the loss.
> >
> > Bob
> >
>
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