Rollop

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This is not the Roll-Op by Plaubel.

Rollop is the name of a series of TLR models made by the German company Lipca introduced in 1954. Were the former Lipca TLR's, the Flexo and Flexora, still made of sheet metal now there is a change to a body made of injection molded aluminium. The name Rollop is not accidentally close to Plaubel's Roll-Op. There were close connections between Lipca and Plaubel. Plaubel even gave the rights on the Roll-Op trade name to Lipca.

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Rollop I

The first in the Rollop series.
Also sold as Optina by Eaton's of Canada and as Optimet by Quelle in Germany.

  • Production period : 1954 to 1962
  • Format : 12 exposures of 6 x 6 cm on 120 type rollfilm.
    With a very late Rollop I (c.1961) it is also possible to use the 4x4cm and 24x36mm formats.
    These cameras are equiped with a second red window, markings on the viewer screens and were delivered with film-gate masks.
    These TLR's are referred to as Rollop I Dreiformat-Kamera (triple format camera).
  • Taking lens:Enna Ennagon 1:3.5 f=7.5cm (75mm on late cameras), Coated.
  • Viewing lens: Enna Sucher (=viewfinder) or Ennagon 1:3.5 f=7.5cm (75mm on late cameras).
  • Filter Size : ??
  • Parallax error correction : ??
  • Shutter: Prontor-S, Prontor-SV or Prontor-SVS leafshutter. Speeds 1 to 1/300 sec. and B.
  • Flash synchronisation : Sync socket on frontpanel. M and X synchronisation.
  • Selftimer
  • Filmtransport : Knob winder. Red window on the back to display film frame number.
  • Double exposure prevention
  • Accessory shoe : On left side (only on later cameras).
  • Dimensions WxHxD: ?? x ?? x ?? mm
  • Weight: ??? grams


Rollop II

Very similar to the Rollop I but now has a crank for filmtransport and a counter.
Also sold as Optina by Eaton's of Canada.

  • Production period : 1954 to 1962
  • Format : 12 exposures of 6 x 6 cm on 120 type rollfilm.
  • Taking lens:Enna Ennagon 1:3.5 f=7.5cm, Coated.
  • Viewing lens: Enna Ennagon 1:3.5 f=7.5cm. Coated.
  • Filter Size : ??
  • Parallax error correction : ??
  • Shutter: Prontor-S (rare) or Prontor-SVS leafshutter. Speeds 1 to 1/300 sec. and B.
  • Flash synchronisation : Sync socket on frontpanel. M and X synchronisation.
  • Selftimer
  • Filmtransport : Crank winder. Automatic stop. Counter
  • Double exposure prevention
  • Accessory shoe : On left side (only on later cameras).
  • Dimensions WxHxD: 105 x 140 x 100 mm
  • Weight: 825 grams


Rollop Automatic

The top model in the Rollop series. Called Automatic because the filmtransport crank now also cocks the shutter.
Earlier Automatics are just named "Rollop" on the name shield. Of these some have their lenses called Lithagon instead of Ennit. This was done on special request of the USA importer. The USA importer Geis (Chicago) asked for the addition of the word "automatic" beneath "Rollop" on the cameras name shield which then became the standard for all succesive Automats (starting 1957).

The camera has knob focusing and lever wind with automatic shutter cocking as on a Rolleiflex. The waist-level finder has a fresnel screen with split rangefinder and grid lines for easier composition. The camera has an EVS (light value) system, locking shutter speed and aperture, like that on the Flexaret VII. This can be switched off.

  • Production period : 1956 to 1961.
  • Format : 12 exposures of 6 x 6 cm on 120 type rollfilm.
  • Taking lens: Enna Lithagon 1:2.8 f=80mm or Ennit 1:2.8 f=8cm. Coated.
  • Viewing lens: Enna S-Lithagon 1:2.8 f=80mm or S-Ennit 1:2.8 f=8cm. Coated.
  • Filter Size : ??
  • Parallax error correction : ??
  • Shutter: Prontor-SVS leafshutter. Speeds 1 to 1/300 sec. and B. With light-value system
  • Flash synchronisation : Sync socket on frontpanel. M and X synchronisation.
  • Selftimer.
  • Filmtransport : Crank winder. Automatic stop and shutter cocking. Counter
  • Double exposure prevention.
  • Accessory shoe : On left side.
  • Dimensions WxHxD: ?? x ?? x ?? mm
  • Weight: ??? grams




Bibliography

  • Personal Lipca research documentation, courtesy of long time Lipca collector and history investigator Herr Ulf Schopfer, Bad Pyrmont, Germany
  • Peter Barz, article "Lipca Teil 1, eine Neugründung der Nachkriegszeit" in the German magazine "Photographica Cabinett 25/02"
  • Peter Barz, article "Lipca Teil 2, Die Kameras der Lippischen Camerafabrik Richter & Fischer GmbH, Barntrup" in the German magazine "Photographica Cabinett 26/02"
  • Peter Barz, article "Lipca Teil 3, Lipca, Lippische Camerafabrik Richter & Fischer GmbH, Barntrup" in the German magazine "Photographica Cabinett 27/02"
  • Photo Porst Catalog (German) 1956, page 120 and 121

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  • A Rollop camera ad (amongst others) at the 1956 Photokina

In French:

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