I know there are other threads on this subject but I wanted to post some photos to show how easy it is to get a new mirror for your TLR.
I recently acquired a Rolleicord Art Deco at an auction.
When I looked at the viewing screen the image was really blurred. I cleaned the grime off but it was still awfull.
When I unscrewed the viewfinder the source of the problem became apparent. Where the mirror should've been there was a piece of glass covered with a bit of silver card. The image it gave was how I imagine the world looks if you have cataracts.
A search of the inter-web found this thread which suggeted I could use the mirror from a Polaroid camera:
I wasnt quite sure what "bulk housing" meant but picked up a Polaroid One Step which I easily took apart and removed the mirror. Not the actual one but they look like this:
The mirror in these cameras is slightly bigger than needed for the Rolleicord so it needed cutting down. Unfortunately the person I asked to do it f***ed it up and broke the corner off. It still worked but the top right-hand bit of the image was black in the viewfinder.
Next I picked up this thing for 50p at a car boot sale:
I took this one apart using these specialised camera repair tools:
I should point out that I am hopeless at fixing stuff so if I can do it anyone can. Like the One Step, this camera came apart really easily.
First I removed the lift-up flash part. I pulled it off then cut the ribbon that attaches the two parts.
Then I set about prizing the other bits out of the front of the camera using a screwdriver. I dont think I actually unscrewed
anything - just pulled it all out.
It's very easy and you get this out:
On this one I lifted up the plastic covering at the back from the bottom to reveal a lovely intact mirror:
This just pops out, no glue or screws holding it in place. I took it to a nice chap who cut it down for £2.
My Rolleicord now has a screen that works well enough for me to get this photo:
So far focussing seems ok, although I may need to fine tune it. We'll see.