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Authorized Rollei service available
Old 07-11-2017   #1
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Authorized Rollei service available

A week and a half ago I purchased a very nice Rollei 3.5F from an antique dealer. Cosmetically it had a little mildew on the leather but no dents and the glass was perfect. It had the original case plus two filters and two Rolleinar's.

Another plus was it wasn't used professionally. It had the last roll shot in it which was a roll of Kodacolor X. Kodacolor x I think was discontinued in 1972 so the camera hadn't been used in 45 years. I did process the film in HC110 but to my dismay the images didn't reveal the real assasin of John Kennedy. There were 3 frames shot at a 1960's craft show of ceramics in Oak Ridge TN. Darn! I'm guessing the camera hadn't seen much use.

The shutter didn't work but was trying to fire and the focus was stiff. The good part is I picked it up for $75. I cleaned it up and the case and it looks really good now. No damage was done fortunately. I worked the shutter hoping to free it up but no luck.

I considered the usual techs that everyone recommends but didn't want to wait 6-12months. At Christmas I bought a used Focomat from eBay and it turned out to be in Smyrna Ga which is just a few hours from where I live. I decided to drive down and get it and save shopping. It turned out to be at Camera Service Company in Smyrna. I found out they're an authorized Nikon and Rollei service center.

I shipped the camera to them and received a quote of just under $400 for a total overhaul and CLA. It's not as cheap as I'd liked but in line with the other tech and I'll have it back in 1-2 weeks.

Two good sources to add to the Rollei service list, Camera Service Company in Smyrna Ga and Paul Ebel.

I'll post when it arrives.
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