Posted on March 20, 2017
Owning a working Rolleiflex has always been a dream of mine. I have a Yashica 365 and a Rolleicord. The Yashica works but the Rolleicord is great for looks only. Now I’ve never really taken photos with a TLR except for the Yashica. I’ve been strictly a digital format photographer. Anyone that knows me knows I have a thing for collecting cameras. I have been gathering vintage cameras for over 25 years now. Wow. That’s a long time. I didn’t realize that it was that long until I actually wrote it. I started collecting when I was in high school. My mom would take me to swap meets and I would pick up one or two when I went not really knowing their value or age. Just liked the way it looked and that it was old. Eventually I started looking for specific ones after I had gotten more into photography. Being an architect shifted my focus on photographing buildings but I’ve always been interested in street photography, urban photography and landscape photography. And I’ve always wanted to try taking pics with a Rolleiflex. I’m not an intense collector that is always looking. It’s more like it comes and goes in phases. Last year I was on a polaroid kick. But that’s for another blog. I had been casually looking on Ebay and ran across a gray Rolleiflex. Some people called it a baby Rollei. Apparently it’s a 4×4 and was made sometime from 1957 – 1963. There where a few models but it looks like the gray was the last of the line. Finding a working one is the challenge. Finding a working one that is relatively cheap is next to impossible. I don’t know if this will be my first working Rolleiflex. But it definitely a possibility. I almost had one on Ebay but got out bid at the last minute. The quest continues….