Went to my usual shop today for some CF cards.
Since my last visit a Rolleiflex popped up in their Vintage section. 2.8F, visually and optically mint. Asking price of 2300 USD (in local currency). Can probably be bargained down quite a bit (around 10% would be a reasonnable aime just for principles).
Just one comment....now THAT is a viewfinder!!! Why the hell does no company keep making this kind of camera??? The form factor is truly excellent!
I was so troubled that I forgot to ask for the accessories accompanying it and got the wrong serial number (taking lens not camera). I was in a rush to get my bank card away.
Anyone to dissuade me? Or will there be some GAS propaganda?
You must answer only one question - will you get $2300 worth of enjoyment out of it, instead of some other form of enjoyment (a new lens for your Canon perhaps). If the answer is yes, read on...
OK, I have two 2.8E's, which I use fairly regularly. In the old days I would load one with color and one with B+W to cover both bases. These days, I stick with B+W, and only thus only carry one at a time.
One word of advice (keeping in mind the camera is at least 25 years old, and more likely closer to 40); if it comes with an original leather neck strap, DO NOT use it. Even if it looks perfect, it is likely there is dry rot internal to the leather, and when you least expect it, it will break. The thin straps are awful anyway, but by now they are dangerous to your gear. It's easy enough to adapt a modern strap to the camera to not make it worth the risk.
Accessories - You'll want the lens hood. The 2.8F will use Bay III components, and there are plenty of filters and such out there at very reasonable prices. I'd suggest the panoramic adapter (it goes between the camera and tripod, has a built in level, and has indexing steps so you get perfectly spaced pictures...useful on other cameras too :-)), and if you're into stereo, there is a stereo device that the camera attaches to, and you shoot one shot, then slide the camera over to the other side and get a perfectly spaced second shot. Also potentially useful for other cameras.
I keep hoping that someone will come out with a digital back. The back is removable from virtually all Rollei TLR's so you can use a sheet film adapter, so making a replaceable digital back would be "easy" (once they get those 6x6 cm sensors out at reasonable prices).
I have to admit, I keep looking at a 'droid and thinking it would make a nice viewfinder for the top of my 5D3 so I could belly shoot in digital...