Geoff McAuliffe , Jun 03, 2003; 10:03 a.m.
Some people think the Autocord is better because it has a straight film path. Most people with Autocords are happy with the results they get. Autocords are well-built and can be serviced by a number or skilled technicians around the country. I suspect that a Planar/Xenotar is a bit sharper than a Rokkor if both are wide open but a 16x20 of a tripod-mounted shot might be necessary to show it. Keep in mind that any camera from the Autocord/Rolleiflex era will probably need a Clean, Lube and Adjust of the shutter and perhaps some other service for optimum results. Mechanical cameras do need periodic service.