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Soon a fine Rolleicord III will join my Hexar in my camera bag. It comes to me by a round-a-bout way, and I'm looking forward to trying it out. 10 years or so ago I used a pals Autocord for a day, folks watching me compose with thw waist-level finder thought I worked for the city cause I was taking pictures of the sidewalk. :rolleyes: I hope its easy to use cause I can't remember how to focus, set the aperture ect.... but think I'll be able to figure it out. This is my feel good purchase since my Hexar deal fell through....
The screen could be a bit dim, but there are ways to help things out, such as the Maxwell and Beattie screens. Otherwise, this page may be of help: http://www.panum.de/rolleiflex_screen.htm
But try it out first and see. You may well find the screen bright enough. All in all, they are great little cameras.
It'll take some getting used to at first, but in my experience, it should get better after the first two rolls. The greatest difference is getting used composing with the inverted image in the viewfinder. I shot the first few weeks without the aid of a lightmeter using Ilford XP2 Super (a very forgiving film in terms of over-exposure) and got many nice pics. With only 12 shots per roll, you would want to think twice about whether a subject is worth your quarter dollar and scanning costs.
Other issues that took some getting used to: learning to load and advance the film correctly (lost a roll and committed a few redundant exposures--examples in my Flickr page). Other than those, it was really easy getting into TLRs.
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