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The Roll Tengor is a range of folding-bed cameras made by Optische Anstalt C.P.Goerz AG. of Berlin from the early- to mid-1920s.[1] The camera bodies are aluminium, with leather or leatherette covering. McKeown describes the Roll Tengor as a cheaper model of the Roll Tenax. It was made in several sizes: 4x6 cm (for 127 film), 6x9 cm (120 film) 6.5x11 cm (116 film), 8x10.5 cm and 8x14 cm. Plate adapters were available as accessories for all but the smallest camera.[1]

The Roll Tengor was offered with several different Goerz lenses, including the f/9 Frontar, f/6.8 Tenaxiar and f/6.8 Kalostigmat. The shutter is either Goerz' own Automat three-speed everset shutter, a Pronto, or a Compur.

Most of the cameras have a brilliant finder, with attached bubble level, mounted centrally above the lens, as in the examples pictured here. McKeown shows the vest-pocket model with the finder mounted above and to the left of the lens.

Typical specifications (6.5x11 cm (116 film) camera)

  • Lens: Symmetrical-doublet, 5 ins (127 mm) f/11, with aperture stops f/11-f/45
  • Focusing: Bellows focusing, Focus range: 5-50 feet, (1.5-15 m) +inf
  • Shutter: Goerz leaf shutter, speeds: 1/ 25, 1/50, 1/100, +B&T
  • Viewfinder: Brilliant finder on top of the lens standard, turning 90 degrees left on its own axis for landscape pictures, w/ red sprit level
  • Bellows: single-extension
  • Other: Engraving on top of the camera: Goerz; 1/4 in tripod socket; Cable release socket; Removable back cover
  • Body: Aluminium, Weight: 556 g


  1. 1.0 1.1 McKeown, James M. and Joan C. McKeown's Price Guide to Antique and Classic Cameras, 12th Edition, 2005-2006. USA, Centennial Photo Service, 2004. ISBN 0-931838-40-1 (hardcover). ISBN 0-931838-41-X (softcover). p356.