The Classic Rollei: A Definitive Guide Hardcover – 7 Oct 2010
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John Phillips was born and lived most of the first nine years of his life in Shanghai. After spells in Britain, Ireland and Hong Kong he emigrated, with his family, to New Zealand where, for most of his adult life, he practised as a lawyer. Keenly interested in photography since his twenties, John Phillips acquired his first Rollei twin-lens reflex in 1982. This book is a result of his deepening interest in the cameras over the following two decades. John has contributed articles to newspapers and magazines, including Photograhica World, the journal of the Photographic Collectors Club of Great Britain.
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It's also useful if you're a user of Rolleis rather than a collector. You'll find a lot of good info about how every camera works, what to look out for, which accessories you can get, maintenance etc.
It is NOT a coffe table book. It's a bit dry, but I like that. There are no flashy color photographs, only black and white pictures for identification purposes, plus a short section with a few examples of pictures made by some of the famous Rollei photographers. There's no nonsense here - it's strictly business. But I didn't buy it for the entertainment - I wanted specific information, and that's what I got.
It struck me that this book is made in the spirit of the classic Rollei: With care and extreme precision. And it's highly functional.
It says on the cover that it's "A definitive guide". Well, that's true. It may very well be THE definitive guide.
I am interested in buying a Rolleiflex and this book was very helpful in explaining which models were which and what the differences are between them. The book is meticulously written by an obvious expert. For each camera model there is naming information, production dates, identification information, a profile, a list of features, information on model varieties and serial numbers, accessory information and more - much better information than anything I have found online. The book is structured as a chronological history of Franke & Heidecke and Rollei production, and the individual camera profiles appear in the book in the context of when they were introduced.
The book covers Rollei cameras from the beginning up to the Rolleiflex 2.8F and Rolleicord Vb. The author argues (validly) against including later models as they were produced after the liquidation in 1981 of the original Franke & Heidecke firm.
There are also chapters covering lenses and shutters, accessories and "a guide for the user", as well as detailed appendices covering loading and winding instructions, camera condition, helpful lens focus test charts, camera care and identification charts.
My only gripes:
I know you're not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but there's no denying they could have come up with a better design.
As the other reviewer has stated, this is not a coffee table book. There is only a short section showing 14 photographs taken with Rollei cameras. (There are of course adequate images of the camera models themselves.) It would have been nice to have more sample photos interspersed throughout, though maybe image licensing fees would have excessively increased the book's retail price.
Still, neither of these are enough to take anything from the 5-star rating.
Highly recommended for researching Rollei cameras.
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This is the definitive guide to every rollei TLR ever made. If you want to know all about the specs, accessories & a bit of Rollei's history, then this is the book for you.Published 14 months ago by David Disley
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