Rollei SL66 Hand Grip/Experience?

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    I have had my Rollei SL66 system for over thirty years and love it. However, it has always been on a tripod, and now I have a project where I would like to use it hand held with 400 ASA films.

    Has anyone had experience using this camera with any of the three grips: #208-930, 208-820 or 208-910?

    Thanks in advance for your opinions.

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    I used a grip (I don't know the model number offhand) a couple of times when I had my SL66 and found it awkward, but I rarely was shooting subjects where a handholding was necessary, so perhaps I just never got the hang of it. I've since sold my SL66, but still have the grip lying around. PM me if you're interested.
     
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    I have the standard SL66 grip and it hardly leaves the camera !
    With the Rollei SL66 grip you can hold the SL and focus at the same time: great !

    Peter

    PS forget the cable release, I never used it and needed it.
     
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    I use the grip and cable release and find that both make the camera much more manageable when used off of a tripod.
     
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    Benno,

    I appreciate your offer. I have one on the way, and will give it a try.

    Thanks,
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    Peter and Mike, thank you for your responses. I will be trying out the early model, without the shoe or release. It will be used for special situations; my preference is for tripod use when possible.
     
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    The best grip found

    Having used Rolleiflex 3.5f cameras as my main cameras and the SL66 as my special effects camera at weddings. I found a foot that attached to the SL66 that allowed me to quick mount the SL66 to the same pistol grip that is used on the Rolleiflex cameras. The pistol grip makes the SL easy to handle and since I could fire the camera with the trigger it made the camera very steady to hold. I don't know if you can find that part anywhere, but if you can go for it. I've been thinking now that I'm retired about selling my SL66 system. I have the SL66 with 80mm, 150mm, 80mm with compur shutter, pentaprism, spotmeter prism and 2-120/220 backs along with misc other gear. I may be willing to sell all or some of this gear, since I'm not getting any use of it. By the way all or most of it is in near perfect condition, as the camera was only used for 12 shots per wedding and the whole system has not had more than 3000-4000 pictures taken with it.
     
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    Thanks for the reply. That does sound like a good set-up you had for the two different Rollei cameras.

    I have received the grip and it will work well for hand holding. Most of my work is from a tripod, so I have attached the grip to a quick release plate enabling me to work either way.

    As to equipment, I am pretty well set, with two complete Rollei SL66 outfits.

    Thanks again.

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