One of the cameras that hurt the most to part with last year was my Rolleiflex. a 1958/59 2.8E with the Planar lens. It was in pretty good shape and took some amazing photos.
So as I started looking for a replacement, I realized it’s going to be a while yet before I can drop the kind of change I need to part with to get a nice condition 2.8 Planar model, I traded a camera for the last one and think I must have gotten a pretty good deal on it. Not wanting to be without a Rollei for that long I opted to get a near mint Rolleiflex T in it’s place.
Not quite the same build quality as the 2.8, the “T” is a little bit more of a consumer version I think, this one with a Tessar 3.5 lens. The controls are a touch different and this one is from 1971 or so and ran me well less than half the cost of a 2.8. One of the bright things about this model is options like a close up filter, or Rolleinar, costs are also much less.
Models and lens numbers aside, a camera is about taking pictures and that’s the true judge of a camera’s quality. Here’s a few shots from the first two rolls through this Rollei.