Loading film in a Rolleicord

Discussion in 'Medium Format' started by dan_bracken, Sep 18, 1998.

  1. I have just acquired a Rolleicord with a Xenar 1:3.5/75 lens serial number 2173939. The serial number of the body is 1109221. The following letters appear on the front of the camera body just below the name Rolleicord: DRP on the left and to the right DRGM.

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    I have the following questions:

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    1. What model is it?

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    2. When was it made?

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    3. What is the correct procedure for loading film? At the present time
    when I load a new roll of film (color) I manually advance the film until
    the number 1 shows in the red window on the bottom of the camera, then reset the automatic counter by pressing in a button on the winding knob and simultaneously pushing down on a little silver button below the winding knob? Is this correct?

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    4. Should I be lining the arrow on the back of the film up with anything
    before closing the camera back?

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    5. How much light will get into the camera through the red window if the cover over it is left open?

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    Your comments and answers will be very much appreciated.

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    Thankyou,

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    Dan Bracken
     
  2. Hi Dan,

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    I just bought my first Rolleicord today and so I might not be the best guy to tell you how to load film.

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    To answer 1: you seem to have a Rolleicort I (type 1)

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    2: They were built between 1933 and 1936. You can tell it is a pre war model by the acronyms DRP and DRGM. This stands for Deutsches Reichs Patent (German Reich Patent) and Deutsches Reichs Geschmacks Muster (basicly a copyright for the name). In post WW2 models you will find DBP and DBGM. They switched from Reich to Bund (German Federal Patent).

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    3: I won't dare to tell but I am sure by now you have figured out how to load film.

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    4: The camera I bought today is a Rolleicord V (1954-1957) and I have to line up the line on the back of the film with two red dots to the left and right of the body.

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    Hope this helps, I've got to go and take some photos!!!
     

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