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The '''Automatic Rolleiflex 4x4''', popularly known as the '''"Gray Baby" Rolleiflex''', was introduced in 1957, at an announced list price of USD $133.65.<ref>Popular Photography (USA) Volume 41 No. 1, July 1957. "IPEX; The Products" [Report on the March, 1957 International Photo Exhibition, Washington D.C.] pg.105.</ref> It is a knob-advance twin-lens reflex yielding 12 exposures of 4x4cm on 127 film. It has a [[Schneider]] Xenar 60/3.5 taking lens and a Heidosmat 60/2.8 viewing lens.
  
The Automatic Rolleiflex 4x4, popularly known as the "gray baby" Rolleiflex, was introduced in 1957, at an announced list price of USD $133.65.<ref>Popular Photography (USA) Volume 41 No. 1, July 1957. "IPEX; The Products" [Report on the March, 1957 International Photo Exhibition, Washington D.C.] pg.105.</ref> It was a knob-advance twin-lens reflex yielding 12 exposures of 4x4cm on 127 film.  
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This model helped kick-start a brief boom for 38mm × 38mm "super slides" (whose slide mounts were the same external dimensions as 35mm slides, but offering a larger image area), and inspired several Japanese lookalikes such as the [[Yashica 44]].  
  
This model helped kick-start a brief boom for 38mm x 38mm "super slides" (whose slide mounts were the same external dimensions as 35mm slides, but offering a larger image area), and inspired several Japanese lookalikes such as the [[Yashica 44]].  
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By 1959 the gray baby's advertised list price had dropped to USD $99.50, <ref>Modern Photography (USA) Volume 23 No. 9, September 1959. "Quality Counts" (advertisement), pg. 19.</ref> perhaps a reflection of waning interest in the format.
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In 1963 the "gray" was abandoned in favor of "black".
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==Specifications==
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* [[Rollei]] internal name : K5
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* Production period : 1957 to 1968, 67.180 units
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* Format : 12 exposures of 4 x 4 cm on [[127]] type rollfilm
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* Taking lens: [[Schneider]] Xenar 1:3.5 f=60mm
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* Viewing lens: Heidosmat 1:2.8 f=60mm
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* Bayonet Size : Both lenses, size 1
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* Shutter: [[Synchro-Compur]] MXV CR00 leafshutter. Speeds 1 to 1/500 sec. and B.
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* Flash synchronisation : Sync socket on frontpanel. M and X synchronisation
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* Color Laqcuer : Gray, from 1963 onwards Black
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* Color Leatherette : Gray, from 1963 onwards Black
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* Dimensions WxDxH: 64 x 81 x 123 mm
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* Weight: 680 grams
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|image_text= Rollei 4x4 Baby, black finish
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By 1959 the gray baby's advertised list price had dropped to USD $99.50, <ref>Modern Photography (USA) Volume 23 No. 9, September 1959. "Quality Counts" (advertisement), pg. 19.</ref> perhaps a reflection of waning interest in the format.
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== Bibliography ==
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*  Claus Prochnow, Rollei Report 2, third edition, Braunschweig, Lindemanns Verlag, 2008, <nowiki>ISBN</nowiki> 3-89506-220-0.
  
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== Notes ==
 
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== Links ==
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* [http://www.rolleiclub.com/cameras/tlr/info/4x4_tlr.shtml Baby Rolleiflex at Rolleiclub]
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* [http://www.collection-appareils.fr/x/html/page_standard.php?id_appareil=11680 Grey Baby Rollei] on [http://www.collection-appareils.fr/general/html/francais.php www.collection-appareils.fr] by Sylvain Halgand (in French)
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[[Category: German 4x4 TLR]]
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[[Category: Rollei]]
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[[Category: R|Rolleiflex]]

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The Automatic Rolleiflex 4x4, popularly known as the "Gray Baby" Rolleiflex, was introduced in 1957, at an announced list price of USD $133.65.[1] It is a knob-advance twin-lens reflex yielding 12 exposures of 4x4cm on 127 film. It has a Schneider Xenar 60/3.5 taking lens and a Heidosmat 60/2.8 viewing lens.

This model helped kick-start a brief boom for 38mm × 38mm "super slides" (whose slide mounts were the same external dimensions as 35mm slides, but offering a larger image area), and inspired several Japanese lookalikes such as the Yashica 44.

By 1959 the gray baby's advertised list price had dropped to USD $99.50, [2] perhaps a reflection of waning interest in the format. In 1963 the "gray" was abandoned in favor of "black".


Specifications

  • Rollei internal name : K5
  • Production period : 1957 to 1968, 67.180 units
  • Format : 12 exposures of 4 x 4 cm on 127 type rollfilm
  • Taking lens: Schneider Xenar 1:3.5 f=60mm
  • Viewing lens: Heidosmat 1:2.8 f=60mm
  • Bayonet Size : Both lenses, size 1
  • Shutter: Synchro-Compur MXV CR00 leafshutter. Speeds 1 to 1/500 sec. and B.
  • Flash synchronisation : Sync socket on frontpanel. M and X synchronisation
  • Color Laqcuer : Gray, from 1963 onwards Black
  • Color Leatherette : Gray, from 1963 onwards Black
  • Dimensions WxDxH: 64 x 81 x 123 mm
  • Weight: 680 grams


Bibliography

  • Claus Prochnow, Rollei Report 2, third edition, Braunschweig, Lindemanns Verlag, 2008, ISBN 3-89506-220-0.


Notes

  1. Popular Photography (USA) Volume 41 No. 1, July 1957. "IPEX; The Products" [Report on the March, 1957 International Photo Exhibition, Washington D.C.] pg.105.
  2. Modern Photography (USA) Volume 23 No. 9, September 1959. "Quality Counts" (advertisement), pg. 19.

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