Rolleiflex Automat Model 3

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Rolleiflex Automat Model 3 is a TLR film camera and manufactured by Franke & Heidecke, Braunschweig, Germany.[1] All Rolleiflex Automat series was produced between 1937-1956.

Automat name stands to introduced automatic film counter in 1937; this counter senses the thickness of the film backing to accurately begin counting frames, obviating the need for the ruby window that forced the photographer to read the frame number off the back of the film itself. This model won the Grand Prix award at the Paris World's Fair in 1937.

Rolleiflex TLR film cameras were most famous and the standard of news and studio photographers for decads. Many photographers still shoot with Rolleiflex TLR film cameras and black-and-white film.

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Specifications

  • Model: Model 3 = Type K4, build 632 [2]
  • Produced between 1939-1949, about 38.600 units
  • Format :120 roll (B2), picture size 6x6cm [3]
  • Taking lens :
    Carl Zeiss Tessar 1:3.5 f=7.5cm.
    or : Carl Zeiss Oberkochen Opton Tessar 1:3.5 f=7.5cm.
    or : Schneider-Kreuznach Xenar 1:3.5 f=7.5cm.
    filter: Bayonet size 1; Aperture: f/3.5 - f/16
  • Finder lens: Triplet f/2,8 7.5cm. filter: Bayonet size 1
  • Focusing: on matte glass screen, via a big knob on the left side of the camera, w/ DOF scale; Focus range: 0.85-20m +inf
  • View finder: Waist level finder, w/ magnifying loop and sports eye level finder
  • Shutter: Compur - Rapid; speeds: 1 - 1/500 + T & B
  • Cocking lever: also winds the film, with double exposure prevention
  • Frame counter: auto reset, above the winding lever
  • Flash PC socket: on the left lower corner of the camera, w /M-X lever; Flash sync at all speeds
  • Back cover: hinged, also removable with bottom plate, w/ exposure guide table
  • Others: Self-timer; Tripod socket 3/8 inch; Strap lugs
  • Body: metal; Weight: 928g

Notes and references

  1. Engravings beneath the Rolleiflex logo: D.R.P. and serial no. D.R.P. means Deutsches Reichs Patent stating that this design or part of it was patented sometime between 1890-1945
  2. Int.Rollei Club Rolleiflex Automat
  3. The camera could be used with Rolleikin I to use 35mm film or with the special glass plate film adapter


Bibliography

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

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