In the past couple of months I have been unable to resist purchase - prices
unbelievably low- of: 1) old standard; 2) Rolleicord 1a; 3) Rolleicord II. I
have been carrying one or the other of them with me every day; because I find
that I am having more fun with these older cameras than I have with my later
model Rolleis…………May have something to do with size and weight.
I am balking at purchase of an original ( 1929-1932) because of the 117 film
requirement; but, I really want to try shooting one of them. I read, on web,
that “many” of these cameras were modified , years ago, so that they could
accept 620 and/or 120 film. Problem is, it is impossible to determine if the
cameras for sale in the world’s biggest garage sale (Ebay) have been modified.
I learn from John Phillips’ The Classic Rollei that the modification had to do
with installing a larger “key” because the original key was too small for the
hole in the ends of the 620/120 spools. He does not provide any photos or other
illustrations of the modification in his book, nor does he go into any further
detail concerning the matter.
If my luck runs as it usually does, I will wind up, out of ignorance,
purchasing one of the originals that has not been modified. Any advise on the
practical realities of shooting modern, commonly available film in these
classic cameras will be great appreciated. If I do wind up with an unmodified
original, is it the end of the world?, or is it still possible to perform the
modifications necessary to use 120 or 620 spools?
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