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I used it a bit this weekend. I think it will be fun, once I get the 620 spools for the takeup. I tried using a trimmed-down 120 spool for the takeup and it made it about halfway through the roll before the plastic core on the 120 spool stripped and the film advance spins freely without advancing the film. It is a bit Rube Goldberg-esque with all the different levers you have to actuate to take a photo and advance the film, but the sequence is not hard to remember. The trick is remembering if you advanced the film or not after each frame since there's no multi-exposure lock-out. Not a big deal when taking photos in rapid succession, but if you put the camera down for 15 minutes or more, I suspect there will be times you have blank frames on the roll until you're used to it, out of an abundance of caution.

Yes, get a regular 620 spool. Even the plastic 620 spools will work better than a 120 spool. Some of the plastic ones are slightly out of spec, too large, but the Chevron has enough room to deal with this.

As Donald suggests, develop a hard routine on winding film. For me, I always wind on right after exposure. Roll film backs on view cameras, older folders and TLRs, etc. Take an image, wind the film. One continuous process. I am not done taking an image until the film is wound on. Some people wait for just before the next exposure. Same result as long as it is a hard and fast rule for you.
 

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Here's an example from the Chevron- I need to use it a bit more before making any conclusive decisions about it, but I may actually like its look even more than I do my Rolleiflex! (gasp - heresy - choke -shock). It also produces a larger negative than the Rollei - I haven't measured it exactly but if the Rollei is 54 x 54mm or 55x55, this is more like 57x57 - the image actually intrudes into the edge markings on one side (I have cropped here for cleanliness sake).


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Depending on the lens on your Rolleiflex, my brief time with a Chevron left me very impressed with the out of focus look compared to more modern optics like a Xenotar. BUt we are in the realm of unicorns and hobbits here, I know....
 

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Depending on the lens on your Rolleiflex, my brief time with a Chevron left me very impressed with the out of focus look compared to more modern optics like a Xenotar. BUt we are in the realm of unicorns and hobbits here, I know....

My Rolleis have the 80 2.8 Planar, and I also have a Tele with the f4 135mm Sonnar (but that's not a fair comparison to the Chevron). I feel lucky that I'm able to own both (Chevron and Rolleiflex 2.8E) and compare them. I'd not be unhappy with either, if I only had one of them. But I'm just very impressed with the Ektar lens - I shouldn't be surprised considering I have 12" and 14" Commercial Ektars, and a 190mm Wide-Field Ektar, all of which are outstanding performers.
 

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I'm just very impressed with the Ektar lens

Generally (at least in those days) Kodak reserved the Ektar name for the very best in its line. Some of the early Ektars were "only" Tessar type, but all of the lenses with that name have been very good.
 

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Even the Kodak Anastigmat f/4.5 lumenized Tessars (shortly before Ektar designation) produce stunning results. Kodak was at the peak of its game.
 

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I originally was going to put that Canon 85 LTM they have in the one display on my Leningrad and it doesn't mount properly because the flange distances are the same but the rangefinder cam on the Canon is recessed and the Leningrad is almost on the mount so it doesn't register properly.

j-dogg, that Canon 85mm LTM finally overpowered my will to resist. I brought it home yesterday and gave it a good CLA. Just waiting for a proper L39-M adapter to arrive so the focus cam will line up correctly, and also bring up the 90mm frame.
 

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I've shot a couple rolls with the Medalist II and the results are nice. Ergonomics are pretty poor so I made a wood grip. Also gizmo'd a respooling jig.

[url=https://flic.kr/p/2nyjrDM] DSCF9495 by Olivier, on Flickr[/URL]

That is a handsome looking wooden handle! I had the same issue with handheld ergonomics, and put together a wooden right hand grip (for video cam) with L bracket (also as Arca Swiss type tripod plate). Both are standard parts, so the fit is not as nice as yours. I wish someone with the proper tools can make a dedicated grip for the Medalist.

Medalist grip Large.jpeg
 

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That's nice! Making my grip was pretty simple. A strip of plywood attached to the two tripod mounts, plus a 1" dowel with slight shaping screwed + nailed in.
 

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That's nice! Making my grip was pretty simple. A strip of plywood attached to the two tripod mounts, plus a 1" dowel with slight shaping screwed + nailed in.

I have owned and operated a Medalist I & II for many years, and I have often wondered how the WWII Marines and Navy personnel could hang onto one of those slippery buggers. Especially with wet, sweaty hands. I'm pretty sure they had to have used them with the case and strap intact, or they wouldn't have been able to take a single photo.
 

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I have owned and operated a Medalist I & II for many years, and I have often wondered how the WWII Marines and Navy personnel could hang onto one of those slippery buggers. Especially with wet, sweaty hands. I'm pretty sure they had to have used them with the case and strap intact, or they wouldn't have been able to take a single photo.

Lol! Plus pressing the shutter release feels like pushing a tack
 

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Lol! Plus pressing the shutter release feels like pushing a tack

Yes, the shutter release isn't a plus on either the Medalist I or II. The problem is that the shutter release is all tied to the film advance and has to push a pawl to release the film advance lock. That makes for a long, harder than normal shutter release. That's not an issue in combat since you just keep your finger on the release and when the first shot is fired you will automatically release the shutter without even knowing it. Trust me, it's true.
 

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For those here that want to use their Medalist for what it was meant to do and not as a shelf/dust collector, I'd suggest a new covering from someone like Hugo. Since my Medalist II is not a show Queen I ordered and installed the "grip" type black covering for it. What a world of difference that made. It's like the camera is glued to your hand. I imagine the original covering, when knew, was pretty good also, but after years of use it became much too smooth for a good grip.
 
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