my Rolleiflex 3.5
I'm dusting off my Rollei and putting in an effort to learn how to use it. This is probably a premature announcement because I'm not even sure if the camera works. It was an eBay purchase a few years ago and I can't imagine having bought something like this without some assurance that it's in good condition. Still, I'll be taking it to a camera repair place and crossing my fingers. The first thing to do (as my dad would say) is to read the manual. Here's the opening excerpt (which I found to be mildy caustic and funny) from the introduction of the manual printed in 1957.
The Truth About the Rolleiflex
"Universal" cameras exist only in manufacturers' advertisments. Otherwise they are-and very probably will always be-just as absurd as the "universal" weapon, the "universal" areoplane or, to come down to earth again, the "universal" horse. Whoever could seriously be attracted by a charger which was claimed to be just as excellent when employed as a pack-horse or as a polo pony?