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Rolleiflex is a series of medium format 120 roll film cameras manufactured by Franke & Heidecke, in Germany. The Rolleiflex TLR is currently manufactured in three versions by DHW Fototechnik, the successor of Franke & Heidecke. At Photokina 2012 an updated version of the classic Rolleiflex TLR, the FX-N, has been presented.

The Square idea that changed photographic History Without any doubt was the introduction in 1929, of the first Rolleiflex Twin Lens Reflex ( TLR ), a sensation: an as ingenious as simple principle that quickly made the Rolleiflex THE must have professional camera all over the world. Producing high quality 6x6 cm square negatives in a compact very easy to operate camera, with the best lens available. Ther was no photographer who would not master one, no apprentice who would not wish to own one. For the professional, the Rolleiflex was like a gift from heaven, it meant a radical change in his/her creative work. Being able to work fast with a large size negative, light weight and superior quality made the choice as simple as important. There was no newspaper, no magazine, no photographic book that would not have some Rolleiflex photos in their publications. For decades, Rolleiflex cameras would have a decisive effect on photographic history. Many world-famous images originated from that small piece of fine mechanical art made by the factory from Franke and Heidecke in Braunschweig, Germany. It was the beginning of a technical evolution that would be imitated by many other manufacturers around the Globe with sometimes successful but often poor copies of the bench-mark Rolleiflex. Franke & Heidecke are proof of being the master in that field , with the nowadays massive switch-over to digital, the traditional Rolleiflex TLR is still in production AND development. Very few companies in the world can boast such a long record with one basic design which has been improved on a regular basis yet still so closely resembles the original invention. from Rolleiclub


Rolleiflex TLR Models Edit

Original Rolleiflex and StandardEdit

Rolleiflex AutomatEdit

Rolleiflex TEdit

Rolleiflex EEdit

Rolleiflex FEdit

Rolleiflex 2.8 Edit

  • Rolleiflex 2.8A Type 1 (1949-51)
  • Rolleiflex 2.8A Type 2 (1951)
  • Rolleiflex 2.8B (1952-53)
  • Rolleiflex 2.8C (1952-55)
  • Rolleiflex 2.8D (1955-56)

Rolleiflex 2.8 new seriesEdit

  • Rolleiflex 2.8GX (1987-2002)
  • Rolleiflex 2.8GX Edition 1929-1989 (1989-91)
  • Rolleiflex 2.8GX Helmut Newton Edition (1992-93)
  • Rolleiflex 2.8FX (2002-2012)
  • Rolleiflex 2.8FX-N (current)

Rolleiflex Baby Edit

    • Rolleiflex Baby 4×4 1931 (1931-32)
    • Rolleiflex Baby 4×4 1933 (1933-34)
    • Rolleiflex Baby 4×4 1934/8 (1934-38)
    • Rolleiflex Baby 4×4 1938 Sport (1938-43)
  • postwar Baby Rolleiflex:
    • Rolleiflex Baby 4×4 1957 Grey (1957-63)
    • Rolleiflex Baby 4×4 1963 Black (1963-68)

Tele Rolleiflex Edit

Rollei Magic Edit

  • Rollei Magic I (1960-62)
  • Rollei Magic II (1962-68)

Wide-Angle Rolleiflex Edit

  • Wide-Angle Rolleiflex (1961-67)
  • Rolleiflex 4.0 FW (2002-current)

Links Edit

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Repairs Edit

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