I'm researching the camera to determine what value it has. I used it in 1963-64 and it took great photos of a ski trip to Aspen. Note that there is also the Shutter-Speed-Tester app for Apple IOS and Android that measures the accuracy of the shutter based on the sounds.There is also an optional adapter called the Photo Plug that you can buy on ebay which actually measures timing of the light through the shutter to an optical sensor that transfers timing via the microphone jack. Calumet made a popular shutter tester that appears from time to time on e Bay.
I never tried to use it, but after I got the retro-bug I tried various places to see if I could get it serviced.
Nobody would touch it (they do Flexes but not Cords).
Even though I'm having a lot of fun, I still yearn for a Rolleiflex! And while there's always that perfect camera for a given shot -- as long as I have a camera with me and can create something, I'm happy.
From time to time I shoot with a Vivitar Flash, too -- a 285HV.
More important, using the Rollei reminds me of what drew me to photography nearly 50 years ago-- I love the process of setting up the camera, composing the image and capturing it and the peace that it gives me. Your comment: "I love the process of setting up the camera, composing the image and capturing it and the peace that it gives me. I think this is what photography and other artistic endeavors are all about.
:)And yeah, old leather camera straps can be a recipe for disaster.Not wanting to damage it, I started checking out Rolleiflexes and WOW was I surprised at the price for a good used one.So I started looking for an alternate and found a Yashicamat 124G in almost mint condition.And if you goofed, you didn't know it till the film was developed! My old eyes don't see as well as they used to, and the film speed and f-stop and shutter speed indicators are pretty small, so it takes longer than you'd think to focus on these things. Auto-focus wasn't even a dream for this old retro stuff!And it's harder to see when your subject is in focus.I bought it and had the seals replaced, and have been messing with it ever since. I have to think a whole lot more than with the digital stuff.