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Re: [Rollei] Original Rollei Prototype
- Subject: Re: [Rollei] Original Rollei Prototype
- From: todd belcher <todd_belcher >
- Date: Thu, 8 Jan 2004 21:19:42 -0800
- References: <000201c3d652$bef27950$a40de640 >
It was on ebay. I always look at Rollei auctions that have vague
description titles. It means the seller is either a poor communicator,
or does not know what they are selling - or both. So there is potential
for a good find. 99.9% of the time, the camera auctioned is run of the
mill. But once in a while ....
I actually wanted an early Rollei Original and emailing the seller
revealed the camera had no serial number. The pics on the auction were
poor and it was not really possible to discern if there was a serial
number or not engraved under the 'Rolleiflex' script on the front
nameplate. There should have been a body casting number stamped in the
film supply chamber, but according to the seller, there was not.
Curious. The lens serial number was an early one though. So at least it
was an early Original Rollei. The Original Rollei underwent a great
number of production changes in it's life and many of the changes are
undocumented. So I thought it could be that it was a very, very early
one that had features that were only on the first batch or two. The
Rollei stuck in my mind for a few days - something was bugging me about
it and I could not place it. Towards the end of the auction, I inquired
to the seller about the four shiny bits in the corners of the front
cover. The photos on the auction site were bad enough that detail only
showed shiny dots in the front cover corners - not enough to know what
they were. The reply was they were screws. I had a vague recollection
of something about that and searched through my literature. I found a
reference to the Prototype in Prochnow's 75th anniversary book having
the four screws and the lenses moving in and out independently of the
front cover. I asked the latter of the seller and the reply was that
the lenses did move independently of the front cover. I wasn't
completely convinced because the seller was not at all familiar with
cameras. But I increased my max bid to pad it and waited. I won the
auction. Someone sniped at the end driving the price up $200. I am in
Canada, and the seller would only ship to the US, so I had it shipped
to a friend in the US close by Vancouver BC. As of yet I do not have
the camera, but am planning to pick it up this weekend. The friend took
the pictures that I posted to the Rollei Gallery. In correspondence
with the seller after the auction the only thing that is know about
this camera was the father in law owned it and he had served in the
WWII in Germany. He died in 1989.
So that's the story of how I came to own this camera.
On 8-Jan-04, at 5:48 PM, Vick Ko wrote:
> You have to tell us how you found this.
> Was it in a Salvation Army store for $5?
> Was it bought after searching the planet for a decade, from a private
> person in a hamlet in Salzburg?
> Congratulations on the find.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-rollei us
> [mailto:owner-rollei On Behalf Of todd belcher
> Sent: Thursday, January 08, 2004 8:33 PM
> To: rollei us
> Subject: Re: [Rollei] Original Rollei Prototype
> How is it that you know for sure that it is the Original Rolleiflex
> prototype? Do you have more info on this camera?