The cameras on my shelf inexplicably get older and older. I’ve always wanted a Rolleiflex, but the late f/2.8 and f/3.5 cameras go for more than I want to spend on a film camera. However, old pre-WWII Rolleiflexes are budget friendly, and historically significant — if you can find one that isn’t torn to bits and still works. To that end, I found this Rolleiflex Old Standard on eBay, CLA’d and put up for sale by Petrakla Classic Cameras in the Netherlands. A nice looking 1933-ish Rolleiflex that I can shoot with 120 film? Sure, why not? At the same time, I decided to buy a 1937-ish Kodak Retina film camera from them too, and had them ship the two cameras to my door. After three weeks of patiently waiting, they’re finally here!
I have two new additions to the camera collection: a Nikon FM3a and a Bronica ETR-Si. I bought both of these cameras off eBay, which just goes to show that it’s possible to find decent deals online if you know what to look for — and are willing to shell out cash during a period of time when few others are able to do so, e.g. during the Christmas season. (more…)