Rolleicord Va

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The Rolleicord Va is a later 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. There are 2 Mask-sets available. One set gives 16 images in size 4x4cm or 4x5.5cm. Another set gives 24 images in 28x40mm or 24x36mm. These mask-sets also contain the right film counter which is exchangeable on the Va.
By using an optional Rolleikin 2 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 or filmsheet.

Major differences with its predecessor, the V, is that now the Focus knob is on the left side and the Filmcounter is exchangeable.

All Va's are equipped with a Schneider-Kreuznach Xenar 1:3.5 75mm lens. Viewing lens is a Heidosmat-Anastigmat 1:3.2 75mm. Before both lenses is a Bayonet mount Size 1 for filters, lens hood, etc..
The shutter is a Deckel Synchro-Compur MXV/CR00 offering speeds from 1 till 1/500 second, a B setting, a selftimer and X and M flash-synchronisation.

The majority of the Va's were produced in 2 different versions (models). However also a small number of transit models were produced (about 2000 units).

Rolleicord Va version 1

This first version was produced from 1957 till 1958, about 21.000 units.
It has the shutterspeed scale on the right side and diaphragm and exposurevalue scales on the left side.

Rolleicord Va version 2

This second version was produced from 1958 till 1961, about 37.000 units.
It has the exposurevalue scale on the right side and shutterspeed and diaphragm scales on the left side.


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