Original Rolleiflex 6×6
|Original with serial number 52055|
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Franke and Heidecke introduced the original Rolleiflex 6×6 TLR in January 1929 after eleven prototypes had been built from 1927 to 1928 and twelve production samples in late 1928. It was made for 117 (B1) film and gave 6 frames on a roll. It could be converted to accept 620 or 120 film and give 12 exposures. The back is not hinged as on later models. Film is advanced by a knob, and there is no frame counter. There was a choice of two taking lenses, both Zeiss Tessars, of apertures f/4.5 and f/3.8, respectively. The f/4.5 model was considerably cheaper and the more popular.
- Manufactured: 1928-32
- Factory Model No's: K1 611, K1 612, K1 613 and K1 614
- Taking lens (model 611 and 613): Zeiss Tessar 1:4.5/7.5 cm
- Taking lens (model 612 and 614): Zeiss Tessar 1:3.8/7.5 cm
- Finder lens: Heidoscop 1:3.1/7.5 cm
- Shutter: F.Deckel-Compur 1-1/300, B, T
- Serial numbers: 1–199 999
- Filter size: 28.5 mm push-on
This original Rolleiflex was followed by the "standard" model.
- Claus Prochnow, Rollei Report 1, Braunschweig, Lindemanns Verlag, 1993, ISBN 3-89506-105-0.
- Rolleiflex Original detail study at José Paula Photography
- 'Rolleiflex original' auction prices at CollectiBlend.com
- Original Rolleiflex listed at number 11 in Jason Schneider's Top 20 Cameras of All Time on Shutterbug.
|Two views of Serial No. 43020|
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