Rolleiflex SL35: Mirror doesn't go down after shot

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by Jan Keirse, Jun 10, 2004.

  1. Jan Keirse

    Jan Keirse Guest


    I've got a problem with my Rolleiflex SL35: It has happened (not often, but it
    has), that the mirror doesn't go down again after taking a shot (the shutter
    worked as it should). It's just as if I've put it in mirror lockup mode, only
    the camera doesn't have mirror lockup. Advancing the film and shooting 2 or 3
    frames (obviously wasted) brings it down again and afterwards everything works

    Has anyone experienced this or a simular problem and has anyone got any idea if
    and how it could be fixed?

    Thanks in advance,


    ps.: I don't know if it has anything to do with it but so far this problem only
    occured when the camera was in a prety cold room, it had been there for hours.
    Jan Keirse, Jun 10, 2004
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  2. The simplest answer could be that the foam of the mirror baffle (where
    the mirror hits when it rises) has degenerated and become sticky. In
    that case, it is a relatively easy job to change it (you can buy
    replacement foam on ebay).

    If that's not the case, then the notorious Singapore production problems
    are probably to blame...
    Chris Loffredo, Jun 10, 2004
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  3. Jan Keirse

    Jan Keirse Guest

    This isn't the cause of the problem I'm afraid. I've removed the lens once when
    this occured. I then pulled the mirror down a bit but it just flipped up
    again :-( (The upward pressure on it was strong to so I didn't want to pull it
    down any further, risking to break it)
    The camera is indead made in Singapore. The notorious problems, does this mean
    that there were many problems or that there was a specific one? And in both
    cases, is there a place where I can find information on how to fix it? Or get
    someone to fix it, or is it likely to be unfixable?

    kind regards,

    Jan Keirse, Jun 11, 2004
  4. Hi Jan,

    The Singapore made cameras often had quality control problems (of all

    The camera can probably be fixed by any good, traditional camera
    repairer (and getting a 30 year old camera cleaned and adjusted is a
    good idea anyway).
    You can ask a good camera shop where a repair person near you is (and
    often shops will send your camera on directly, taking a small commission).

    If all else fails, I can send you some addresses in Germany.

    If you want to try fixing it yourself (the SL35 is easy to open), try
    posting your question at the Classic Camera Repair Forum:

    Chris Loffredo, Jun 11, 2004
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