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Re: [Rollei] Rolleicord Questions

Surprise, surprise, there is a hidden 1/500 in your Rolleicord! Thats why
the shutter is called Compur 'Rapid'. 
Just move the speed dial past the 250 ... further ... still further ... and
there it is - the 500.

You should make sure that you select that speed first and THEN cock the
shutter not the other way round.

And yes, the auxiliary finder is dim and there is not much you can do about
it - just don't use it.

Have fun!

Sven Keller

> I have just purchased a Rolleicord as a Rollei
 backup/supplement/alternative for my Rolleiflex. Its serial number is
> 1039xxx. I believe this makes it a Rolleicord II (type 5) from 1949-50.
> The lens is a Zeiss Triotar - chosen for the characteristics different
> >from the Tessar on my Rolleiflex.
> All is in good order except for the slow shutter speeds (the shutter
> sticks open) which I expect will be cured with a CLA.
> I do have a couple of questions, however. 
> The reference materials which I have (not very extensive) make reference
> to the Rolleicord II as having shutter speeds from 1 second to 1/300
> plus B (and T on some early ones). Mine has B, 1, 1/2, 1/5, 1/10, 1/25,
> 1/50, 1/100 and 1/250. So the question is were earlier R'cord IIs marked
> 1/300 and later ones 1/250? If so, when and why the change?
> The second question is about the about the secondary finder. On my
> R'flex the sports finder is obvious. Focus with the mirror/lens below
> the framing hole in the viewfinder. On the R'cord, however, a lever on
> the left of the hood raises a cover and a mirror allows focussing at eye
> level through the auxiliary lens at the back of the hood. So, in some
> ways this is like the R'flex but there is no way to frame the picture
> adequately as the image is dim, not the entire scene and upside down. My
> question is, what is the purpose of this viewer? Have I just missed
> something?
> Thanks for your help.
> Richard Rodgers
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> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
> R. Rodgers   Ottawa, Ontario  CANADA
> http://www.igs.net/~rrodgers/richard.htm

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