|Rolleiflex Original image by Eugene Ilchenko (Image rights)|
See also the article Rolleiflex.
It was made for 117 (B1) film and gave six 6x6cm frames on a roll. It could be converted to accept 620 or 120 film and give 12 exposures. The back was not hinged as on later models. Film was advanced by a knob. It had no frame counter. There was a choice of two different lenses, both Zeiss Tessars, with the apertures F4.5 or F3.8, respectively. The F4.5 was considerably cheaper and the most popular model.
- 610 (prototype) 1928
- 611 and 613 with Tessar f/4.5 75mm, 1929
- 612 and 614 with Tessar f/3.8 75mm, 1929-32
- Manufactured between 1928-32
- Finder lens: Heidoscop 1:3.1/75 mm
- Filter size: taking lens 28.5mm, finder lens 24mm push-on
- Shutter: F.Deckel-Compur 1-1/300 +B & T
- Film Transportation: winding knob, red window for exposure number on back, film pressure plate without color coating.
- Manual shutter tensioning
- Serial numbers: 1–199 999
- on www.collection-appareils.fr by Sylvain Halgand
- 'Rolleiflex original' auction prices at CollectiBlend.com
- Original Rolleiflex listed at number 11 in Jason Schneider's Top 20 Cameras Of All-Time on Shutterbug.
- Rolleiflex instruction manual (English and some in HTML that can be translated) at www.butkus.us (Orphancameras.com)
- Rolleiflex Original description and analysis of its evolution at www.acyclopseye.com