RoBot IIa Help

Discussion in '35mm Cameras and Accessories' started by Amfooty, Dec 25, 2018.

  1. Amfooty

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    Hey all,

    I found a robot IIa recently, and the cassette system is confusing. Would I be able to use normal 35mm cassettes with the camera, or do I need the T cassette adapter for it to work well? I have the T cassette and adapter, but modern cassettes are slightly too tall to fit inside. When using a modern cassette, the film is free to move a lot more than it seems like it should. I am probably going to print an adapter, but want to make pictures with it in the mean time.

    Hope you all have a good Christmas!
     
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  3. AgX

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    The manual does NOT say so.

    Instead it says to use for film feed:

    -) commercial cassette (type 135 cassette)
    or
    -) the Robot T-cassette (to be loaded with plain film strips or refill spool) and to be used with Robot cassette-holder
     
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    However Robot II (not IIa) models have got a fixed keyway (like that of the T-holder) at the top of the feed chamber, thus only can take the T-cassettes, but not type 135 cassettes.
     
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    Yeah and sometimes the cassette is a real @&%$# to extricate from said keyway.
    Great little camera otherwise.
     
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    There was not even a reason to design that keyway. As type Karat/Rapid cassettes show.
     
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    The reason for the keyway is to hold the cassette body stationary as the projection on the door opens the cassette flap as the door is closed.
    Unnecessarily complicated.
     
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    Thank you. I have not thought of this.
     
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