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Cat. No. Used-3.5F-TLR-CG-4830
Probably everyone looking at this camera will be familiar with it, however for those just getting into film, this camera takes 120-roll film which is widely available and will make 12 frames per roll. It makes a square 6x6 image - the quality of which will astound you.
This camera just came back from service from Paul Ebel and is working well. It has the light meter, and it still works, but like all the selenium-celled light meters from this vintage it may not be reliable or work at all ranges. Glass is actually very good and this camera should make excellent images. There will be some dust and possibly minor cleaning marks and so on with a 60-year-old camera but there's no fungus or signs of separation. The camera overall looks good at first glance but I want to call out some cosmetic dings and flaws. First, the camera has a ding in the WLF front and it's bent a little. The WLF does open and close, but not as smoothly as it would have originally. There's also a ding in the bottom side corner but nothing major that would cause problems. The film transport is still smooth and operating with no issues - that's the first thing I check when I see dents because that is very hard to fix and thankfully not an issue here. There's a fair amount of paint loss in the typical places. The plastic cover on the light meter is cracked like almost all of them. But overall the leather is all there and in pretty nice shape and the camera looks really pretty good otherwise. I forgot to take a picture of the lens cap, but there's one included, and I'll ship this with the service sheet. This would be a much more expensive camera were it not for the dents. Maybe not for a collector, but for a photographer this may be an opportunity since the images will be just as good. The 3.5F Planar was the choice of many famous photographers like Irving Penn who used the Rolleiflex.