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Rolleiflex 2.8E should i get it?
Old 11-29-2015   #1
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Rolleiflex 2.8E should i get it?

So i was thinking on getting another medium format. For now i have a Rolleicord and a Rolleiflex MX-EVS and was thinking on going 645 for some film economy and for a different look.

I found a Mamiya 645 kit:

Mamiya 645 Pro TL
80mm 2.8 Sekor-C
Two 120 film backs
two prisms

all for 330. I though that was a good deal and was almost set on the Mamiya. So a Rolleiflex 2.8E appeared on the local classifieds. The thing is i always had the itch for a 2.8 Rolleiflex and now im torn between the two. The Rolleiflex is in very good condition, was recently CLA'd and it has a yellow filter, hood and case (case im not so sure but i think its included) all for 600. The price for the Rolleiflex is a bit steep for me but im thinking im loosing a good deal on a 2.8 Rolleiflex. Im i nuts to pass on this deal or more should come up and its easy to find a 2.8E for such prices?

Would appreciate some nice input to help me decide.
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The Mamiya is more versatile and will save some money on film. But if you are itching for the Rollei, nothing else is going to scratch the itch.
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The Mamiya is more versatile and will save some money on film. But if you are itching for the Rollei, nothing else is going to scratch the itch.
But the price, do you think the Rollei is a very good deal that i shouldnt pass on or it's just a normal price.
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For balance, I paid last week $350 for a 2.8C Xenotar.
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For balance, I paid last week $350 for a 2.8C Xenotar.
That's probably not a common scenario.

If you have an itch, as the previous poster said nothing else will scratch it. One is a rectangular format camera and the other one shoots squares...if you want to rationalize, I guess you could say that you could just crop the Rollei negs
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You need to search patiently for such deals.
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I'm pretty sure those deals can come up. But it's harder and harder to get at least here in Portugal. Majority of people know what they have. And when don't know they just add a stupid price tag. So my question remains. Is 600 a bargain price for a 2.8E with hood and filters?
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I have Rolleiflex 2.8 E Planar with hood and filter. I wouldn't sell it for this money, that's for sure. Here in Russia they tend to sell much higher, at least 1000 E
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It's a fair average price for the camera. If you want it to use, buy it. If you are buying it with an eye to the resale price, I can't advise you.
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It depends heavily on condition. In eBay in the U.S., they go for $450-1200 for users in unknown condition to excellent condition/serviced cameras.
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Thanks for all the input guys. I guess im gonna pass on both deals and use the money for a trip. My MX-EVS and Rolleicord V will do for now.
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Do you like normal lenses? I got really into wide angle lenses after I bought a Rollei, and now I can't use it because it feels too tightly cropped for everything except conventional portraiture. I picked up another medium format camera with a fixed 28. More my style.

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Enjoy your trip. You already have excellent cameras for use.
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Buy some bay 1 rolleinars for your Automat and Rolleicord if you are happy with them, and increase their versatility. Spend the other $500 on film. And do as Raid suggested, and patiently search for a bargain on a 2.8. And unless you really, really can't live without that light meter, save a few bucks by considering a 2.8C or a 2.8D. I recently bought a 2.8C Xenotar in good user condition for $200.
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My $350 2.8C is also in user condition. Lenses look very clean, but the wheels for changing shutter speed and aperture need some lubrication.
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