Rolleiflex Automat Model 2

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The Rolleiflex Automat, model 2 is a medium format TLR camera manufactured by Franke & Heidecke, Braunschweig, Germany.


This is the second model in a very succesfull line of Rolleiflex 6x6 Automats. Highly appraised by photographers because its "automatic" functions enabled a faster workflow.

  • Automatic stop at the first frame of the film, no red window needed anymore. Possible by a patented film start sense mechanism which detected the tape that fixes the film to its backpaper.
  • Automatic tensioning of the shutter during the film transport.
  • Double exposure prevention.
  • Blank exposure prevention.

Main difference with the Rolleiflex Automat Model 1 is a security cap to cover the release button.


  • Rollei internal name : K4, build 631
  • Production period : 1938 to 1939, about 12.500 units
  • Format : 12 exposures of 6 x 6 cm on 120 type rollfilm.
    Furthermore a Plate adapter for sheet film and a Rolleikin adapter for 35mm film cartridges can be used.
  • Taking lens: Carl Zeiss Tessar 1:3.5 f=7.5cm
  • Viewing lens: Heidoscop-Anastigmat 1:2.8 f=7.5cm
  • Filter Bayonet : Taking lens, size 1.
    Sometimes also added on Viewing lens by an after-sales factory service
  • Parallax error correction.
  • Shutter: Compur-Rapid CR00 leafshutter. Speeds 1 to 1/500 sec. and B.
  • Flash synchronisation : None
    Sometimes X synchronisation added by an after-sales factory service
  • Selftimer
  • Double exposure prevention
  • Color Laqcuer : Black
  • Color Leatherette : Black
  • Dimensions WxDxH: 92 x 95 x 140 mm
  • Weight: 920 grams


  • Claus Prochnow, Rollei Report 1, Braunschweig, Lindemanns Verlag, 1993, ISBN 3-89506-105-0.