An Old Beauty

This Rolleiflex model was introduced between 1956-1959 and was bought by my granddad. I never got to meet him, but I faintly remember my dad showing me this camera once when I was a kid. But 30 years later I have recently found it again (in the garage) and now with a much deeper appreciation for photography I can’t help but to marvel at such a beautiful camera. Amazingly there is nothing, with the exception of the light meter, broken with the camera (they were truly built to last back in the day). I have already sent it off for some maintenance care and adjustments that will take a painful 3 whole months (there aren’t many certified Rolleiflex repair shops out there these days), at a fee that nearly made me cry. But there’s definitely sentimental value here, something that you can’t just put a price on. In 3 months time I’ll get to look through the same viewfinder that both my granddad and dad looked through when they were young and capture some amazing images. That’s priceless.

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August 8, 2011 - 4:22 pm

Janet Wow! do show off when you get it back! 🙂

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