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Hi, I'll be delving into manual polaroid shooting and have settled on getting a converted Polaroid rollfilm unit for the job.
But I was wondering; besides the different rangefinders, do the 110A and B have anything different between them of value?
Also, I've read that the Rodenstock is the lens to get but is an Enna Werk just as good? Are there any other options?
Between the two, the 110B seems to fetch the higher prices on ebay for 2 reasons: the single window rangefinder and the better shutter with more speeds. The Rodenstock Ysarex 127mm lens seems to be the same between the two though (I may be mistaken)
I can't help you on the quality issues of the different lenses, but did notice that they were offered with other than the Rodenstock. I think this is more of a geographic thing on where they were marketed since the ones I've seenon ebay from UK, Germany, China or Japan had different brand lenses.
You can check some of these sites as they have more details on the different modes.
I have a Polaroid 110A, which has the 2 window rangefinder-viewfinder windows and has a Yashica Yashinon lens in a
Seikosha SLV shutter - B to 1/500th (branded Polaroid Pathfinder).
All the Rodenstocks I have seen have been in Prontor Polaroid branded shutters to 1/300th speed.
The Yashinon is a very good lens... nice image quality.
Options for getting the newer combined single window view-rangefinder on a 110A is to find a Polaroid 900, which usually sells for very little money, and scavenge the top housing and all the rangefinder-viewfinder mechanism
The reason for the desire for the single window rangefinder is that the dual window model has the rangefinder more toward the middle of the camera and the conversion backs impair the rangefinder window, OR make it unusable. That usually happens on the large format variants, like 4X5'
Since a roll film adaptation is generally not as wide, that issue is lessened, but a thick roll film mechanism may put the eye back from the window, affecting usability.
Here is a Camerapedia page showing the Pathfinder series and lens evolution:
No ennit lenses shown here, but I believe the Ennit was used. In fact... here is an eBay listing showing an Ennit Werk Munchen. I've had Ennit Werk lenses on folders before. The lens on one of my Balda folders was one of the sharpest, edge to edge I have seen and very contrasty on B/W.
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