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Thursday, March 15, 2007

Auctions We're Watching, Dept.

Seller berlinerantiquesaol has listed this stunning "Black Baby," a Rolleiflex 4x4cm from 1966 that looks darn close to new despite its 40+ years of age. It takes 127 film, which is (ironically?) easier to get now than it was ten years ago, and comes complete with case, box, strap, lens hood (which has its own case), and even a box. Time-machine stuff. A real beaut, sure to soon be a grace note in some lucky collector's cabinet.

Posted by: MIKE JOHNSTON (Please note that this posting is not an endorsement of the seller or the item.)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

This auction brings back fond memories of the time when I always had to have a Rollie as part of my camera kit. Looking at the world from waist level was a different perspective. The large, sharp negatives were a pleasure to work with. Unfortunately I could only afford the Cords and not the Flexes at that time. I am almost tempted to bid, but in this time of digital imaging the thought of returning to the wet darkroom is not enticing! Oh well I guess I could scan the negatives!

8:48 AM  
Blogger Michael Simon said...

I'd win that auction and use the heck out of that thing. There would be nicks and rub marks all over it in no time.

8:49 AM  
Blogger Peter Hovmand said...

I go for Japanese Mamiya c220 or c330 (own both:) They have interchangeable lenses, and a prism viewfinder - if you prefer ... Which is quite unique for a TLR.

11:30 AM  
Blogger Richard Sintchak said...

I nailed a 2.8C Xenotar in similar condition about 3 months ago for $275 USD, I'm happy to report. It's at Paul Ebel's right now getting a new screen that I had Bill Maxwell drop-ship directly to him. The condition looks like someone bought it and the put it in a closet sometime back in the late 50's. The lenses needed some clean-up from some dust and moisture that got inside but the rest looks almost untouched. The feel of the knobs are almost sharp on my fingers compared to my 2.8E Planar that I got in a back alley in Beijing for $150 USD a few years back that works great but looks like it was dragged behind a car for a few miles. I'll post a photo of both later. The juxtaposition is something to see.

But you know what? I think I like the photos from old beater more...

1:15 PM  
Blogger Tom Gibbons said...

Speaking of cool TRLs, I think the Seagull is still available via The Lomographic Society International.

Click here to read more about it.

2:29 PM  
Blogger pitchertaker said...

Hey, Mike, I still have my 4x4 "Premo Jr." that was a private labeled Sawyer 4x4. Basically the Sawyer was the Japanese copy. The Premo Jr.'s were given away as promotion when you bought a Beseler Topcon B SLR. That's been awhile -- probably 1960. Mine is still operating just fine. Lens is a 60mm f/2.8 Topcor.


3:20 PM  
Blogger Richard Sintchak said...

I lived in China for 5 years and used about 5-6 different Seagull TLRs in my time there. Trust me. Turn and run away. Especially at those prices! Great results can indeed be had. Until they fall apart or the shutter springs fly off in all directions.

I'd rather have a old beater Rolleicord anyday.

4:30 PM  
Blogger Mike Johnston said...

I agree with Richard. I never liked the lenses on the Seagulls at all. A C220 or an old 'Cord with a Tessar are both far preferable IMHO.


4:32 PM  
Blogger Peter said...

*pets his recently acquired Minolta Autocord*

7:17 PM  
Blogger Dr Hiding Pup said...

This seller is fantastic - I've never bought a camera off him, but his restored vintage fountain pens are to die for.

8:35 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

How about that Pinkham LF lens that's up for auction now, too? Is this one of the distant relatives of the modern Cooke PS945?

1:51 PM  

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