Post by yashica1943 on Apr 12, 2016 8:28:40 GMT -5
I have taken the black SL 35E pictured out for a trip, there was an occasional blip with the shutter release. Now the 24 exposures have come back, there are 10 blanks but the other 15 are sharp and well exposed.. So I won't rely on that one again. I must be a glutton for punishment. This morning another nice clean spares/repairs SL 35E body arrived with a known shutter problem. The shutter release, shutter, mirror sequence works, but the shutter slit does not open at any indicated speed. Having played around with it, the shutter works on 'B' and on the X setting which should be 1/125 second which looks and sounds right. I won't mess around with it because I have other film cameras that I can use, at least I could work around the 1/125 on this one with a slow film if I wanted to. My other two really cheap Rolleiflex SL 35E have shutter/mirror sequencing issues that probably never will be solved.
Post by yashica1943 on Jun 28, 2018 11:13:57 GMT -5
Yet another SL 35 has arrived free of cost. This one is the 'silver top no hotshoe model' sadly the made in Singapore version. This one has obviously been well used but after a good clean looks smart enough for my shelf. The shutter/mirror/wind on works well, for a change but the meter doesn't. Strangest thing, it was fitted with an Auto-Chinon 35mm f2.8 obviously with a QBM mount, can't be too many of those about.
Now I have fitted a Tamron Adaptall 28mm (only because I can!) Not a patch on my German made SL 35 which is in its own exhibit case.
I have just looked at my photo above comparing the 'original' German baseplate internals with the 'Black' Singapore version and the position of the battery cover and tripod mount and the lack of the square motordrive terminals indicates to me that my Singapore built camera just received must include the original version of the mechanism!
Post by yashica1943 on Jul 14, 2018 11:05:11 GMT -5
Oh,Joy! The SL35 works! I should have read the instructions, pushing the preview button on the top brings the meter needle into play. Also I was looking for a lost compact camera (Minolta) in my cupboard and I found a Singapore built Rolleiflex SL 35E that doesn't work, but has (had) a nice Rollei 50mm Planar on the front, so that has been transplanted onto the 'good' camera. It just has some signs of wear around the viewfinder and on the top of the prism housing, otherwise OK+. I am almost tempted to sell it, but not with the Planar.