The Rolleicord Ia is an early model in a long line of Rolleicords which started in 1933 and ended in 1977 and were produced by Franke & Heidecke and later on by Rollei-Werke in Braunschweig, Germany.
It is a medium format TLR camera that uses 120 type Rollfilm. 12 6x6cm square images can be captured for each roll of 120 film.
By using an optional Rolleikin 1 adapter 35mm film cartridges can be used.
There is also a Plate adapter available which gives one 6x6 image on a 6.5x9cm size glassplate.
Major differences with its predecessor, the I, is that it has an automated stop at the end of the filmtransport and a framecounter on the right side.
All Ia's were equipped with a Carl Zeiss Jena Triotar 1:4.5 7.5cm lens.
Viewing lens is a Heidoscop-Anastigmat 1:4 7.5cm.
Both lenses can be equiped with 28.5mm push-on filters/hood.
The shutter is a Deckel Compur CR00 offering speeds from 1 till 1/300 second, a T and a B setting.
The Ia's were produced in 3 different versions (models).
Rolleicord Ia version 1
This first version was produced from 1936 till 1937, about 9.459 units.
It has a metal bridge between taking and viewing lenses.
It is also equiped with a 45 degree mirror in the viewing hood for viewing the ground screen at eye-level.
|Rolleicord Ia, version 1|
image by Miguel Angel Jackson (Image rights)
Rolleicord Ia version 2
This second version was produced from 1937 till 1938, about 10.200 units.
It has no bridge between the lenses and has a normal Sports finder for looking at eye-level.
|Rolleicord Ia, version 2|
image by snake.eyes (Image rights)
Rolleicord Ia version 3
This third version was produced from 1937 till 1947, about 12.150 units.
Major difference with the earlier versions is that the Rolleicord name shield now is in relief.
|Rolleicord Ia, version 3|
image by Jason Hull (Image rights)
Rolleicord Ia Polizei version
A special version of the Ia version 3 was produced (c.1939, about 500 units) for the German Police (Polizei).
This version has a Carl Zeiss Jena Triotar 1:3.5 7.5cm taking lens. Viewing lens is a Heidoscop-Anastigmat 1:3.2 7.5cm.
image by Herbert Eisengruber (Image rights)
- Claus Prochnow, Rollei Report 1, Braunschweig, Lindemanns Verlag, 1993, ISBN 3-89506-105-0.