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#1 Sam Ebrahim

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Posted 06 February 2008 - 01:42 PM

Hey all,

Have come across a ROLLEI SL 83 and wanted to know if anyone has had previous experience with these cameras. It's going for around £30 and I'd be using it for the 'Straight8' competition initially. Is it worth the money? Just to let you know I've browsed the net and these forums for information but couldn't find any.

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#2 Jim Carlile

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Posted 10 February 2008 - 01:30 AM

Rollei made several models in the early 70's. They were fairly sophisticated. It's a camera that's rare because it didn't sell very well and it was overpriced. Rollei claimed it was made in their own factory but there was some dispute about that. I have heard that it was actually made by Agfa, others say Bauer. Some Agfas were made by Rollei (?) when not Minolta, later some Bauers were made by Chinon. The badge engineering began long before it was admitted, so who knows?

But the Rollei had a good reputation so it might be worth picking up.
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#3 Michael Lehnert

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Posted 10 February 2008 - 02:11 AM

Not to forget that odd coop between Beaulieu and Chinon, really stretching across the top and bottom of the S8 market :wacko: .
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#4 George Patoulidis

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Posted 10 February 2008 - 10:32 AM

Sam, Rollei made only 2 cameras by themselves (the later sound models which are really really rare, XL8 and XL12, if my memory serves me well, 1800 and 1200 pieces respectively).
The rest of the Rollei cameras (SL 81-82-83-84-85) are just rebadged Bauers. They seem pretty cool though compared to the Bauers...
I happen to have the full range of Rollei cameras and I can say that the Rollei-Bauer cameras seem more reliable to me compared to the Rollei-Rollei ones! These are very fragile and it's difficult to find a full working model (it's dificult in either case to because of theire rarity). Fortunatelly, I have 2 of the 1200 pieces, both in very good working condition :rolleyes:
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#5 Sam Ebrahim

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Posted 14 February 2008 - 04:16 PM

Hey,

Thanks a bunch for the detailed (and surprising) replies. Unfortunately they came after the auction had ended, and I didn't really want to get it without professional advice (seeing as there are so many Super 8's floating around at the moment). However, I'm not sure if the seller managed to get rid of it so will ask him to put it up again if not. I'll keep your advice in the back of my head just in case I come across another! It's probably worth picking up the next one that comes along anyway, as I've never used Super 8 before and obviously want to try it out.

Thanks again,

Sam Ebrahim
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