SUPERB 1937 Rodenstock 6x6, CLA'd, FRESHLY SERVICED!
Cleaned, Lubricated & Adjusted. Ready for immediate use!
This is a 1937 Rodenstock 6x6 folding camera produced in Germany by Welta for Rodenstock. Prior to WWII Welta was a well-respected German camera producer and the quality of its products placed it on equal footing with Zeiss Ikon and Voigtlander. Occasionally Welta produced cameras for Rodenstock, a company that was eager to demonstrate the quality of their lenses. The fit and finish of this camera is top notch and it’s covered with real leather and fine chrome trim. (During the Great Depression with many people out of work, many affordable cameras had a simple all black paint finish and a cloth based leatherette covering.) The chrome, leather and high quality Compur shutter clearly indicated that this Rodenstock was an expensive item.
The Rodenstock slips easily into a jacket pocket and folds out to take 12 beautiful 6x6 exposures on a 120 roll film. When it comes to photography, bigger is better and this camera will produce a negative that’s more than three times larger than the average 35mm snapshot. So, whether you’re interested in big prints, fine grain, rich tonal gradations or lovely colors, this camera will do all of that and may just become your favorite photographic companion.
This camera has been carefully cleaned, lubricated and adjusted. Everything works as it should. The quality Compur shutter works smoothly and all speeds (T,B & 1 sec - 1/250th) are appropriate. The slow speeds buzz along smoothly and the fast speeds are clean and snappy. The bellows are supple and completely light tight. The viewfinder is clean and clear. It also features a parallax adjustment for more accurate framing when working close up.
The relatively fastf2.9/7.5cm (75mm) Rodenstock Trinar lens is very clean. It’s a classic design based on the Cooke triplet with three lens elements in three groups. The glass is clean and clear. There are no scratches, no cleaning marks. There are no separated elements, crystallization or other problems and it’s capable of producing lovely photos with modern color and B&W films.
All in all, a lovely little classic camera. Load it with your favorite film and keep it handy for that perfect shot you’ve been looking for. You know the one... the one with the perfect Ansel Adams light breaking through the dark storm clouds that leaves you wishing you had a classic medium format camera with you.