Went down the road to the Montreal River to test the 16 exposure kit for the Rolleicord Vb. It worked perfectly with the mask underneath the ground glass and the mask in the film plane-giving 16 rectangular exposures instead of 12 square. This will be nice for some landscape shots, but primarily for shooting the boys (and soon to be granddaugher as well), as the Isolette with uncoupled rangefinder, tested their patience for Papa to get the shot done.
The downside of the evening shoot was that my recently purchased Sekonic L-208 meter was very inaccurate in all but two frames (this one and one more). It was just over $100 bucks and all the years I have been doing this, I should have known better-you get what you pay for. It seems to work fine in normal sunlight, but not so in low light, where it underexposes, giving very thin negatives. Time to find a used Pentax Digital Spotmeter on Ebay and have Richard Ritter (Zone VI staff member when Fred Picker was alive), due the calibration. All the years I used one I never experienced any error other than my own misplacement of a light value.
The Rolleicord Vb has been a hit. While it was always the more affordable and lower tier Rollei-compared to the Rolleiflex, it is both a mechanical and aesthetic work of art. The 3.5 Xenar lens by Schneider is sharp and contrasty-slightly more so than the Zeiss Tessar, the standard 4 element lens on many Rolleiflex cameras prior to the introduction of the 6 element Zeiss Planar and Schneider Xenotar. Like all other Rollei cameras in pristine shape, it now commands many times the price when it was new. If you are patient and buy right. you will continue to have a piece of photographic history that appreciates in value, unlike digital cameras of today that quickly depreciate. The only other film cameras that appreciate like this are of course, those by Leica.
Have a good day....
The lover is a monotheist who knows that other people worship different gods but cannot himself imagine that there could be other gods. ~Theodor Reik, Of Love and Lust, 1957