Picked up this old Rolleiflex Automat Model 3 K4B2 back in the summer and only recently decided to rennovate – in order to sell.
As one would have it, my youngest son took a liking to it.
So on with a CLA!
Lens board removed, lenses cleaned, new mirror, new matte screen, re-lube, shutter tweaks and lens alignment, finished off with a new front real leather trim. This should now see another 70 years, well maybe, if he looks after it!
This Rolleiflex Automat Model 3 K4B2 dates to around 1946. It has the Schneider Xenar 75mm f/3.5 (Tessar clone) taking lens housed in a Compur Rapid shutter.
The viewing lens is a faster Heidoscop Anastigmat 75mm f/2.8 albeit not that much brighter for viewing. The camera weighs in at 928g and is smaller than the later A-F series.
The case had seen better days with the stitching completely rotten but leather intact. So I spent a few hours re-sewing all seams.
Only one minor issue remains, the shutter release protection catch is broken. No chance of finding one of these. So he’ll have to remember not to wind the film on before storing.
Typical used prices on these vary between £100-£300 depending upon condition and lens type (Tessar/Opton vs Xenar).