The Reflex-Korelle is a reflex camera made by Franz Kochmann, later Korelle-Werk, Dresden. It is one of the earliest 6×6cm SLRs. The Meister-Korelle is a postwar developement, also sold as the Master Reflex.
General description[edit | edit source]
The camera takes 6×6cm exposures on 120 film. It has a focal plane shutter with horizontally running cloth curtains. There is a fixed waist-level viewfinder on top, with a matte screen and a magnifier. The viewing hood has an additional folding frame finder at the top. The camera is focused by turning the lens helicoid. It has a fine thread 41mm lens mount.
Evolution[edit | edit source]
The original Reflex-Korelle was introduced in 1935. Very early cameras were made with B, 1/10 – 1/1000 speeds, but this was quickly changed to B, 1/25 – 1/500.
 The lens mount is a simple screw thread with 40.5mm diameter.
 The Reflex-Korelle II, launched in 1936, has the addition of slow speed dial providing 1/20 to 2sec. and a self-timer.
 After the introduction of model II, the original model without slow speeds was renamed Reflex-Korelle I.
 Some sources say that the two models were modified in 1937 with auto-stop film advance, and renamed Ia and IIa.
 A simplified Reflex-Korelle B was sold at the same period, with separate shutter winding and film advance, and with no eye-level finder.
 A new edition of the Reflex-Korelle II appeared in 1939 with a chrome finished top plate, replacing the IIa.
 The Reflex-Korelle III, released the same year, has chrome plating on the front plate and viewing hood, redesigned controls and speeds from 2s to 1/1000. It introduced a large-diameter bayonet mount, which was also fitted on some examples of the model II.
 After World War II, production of the camera was resumed in 1947 by Korelle-Werk, nationalized as VEB WEFO in 1948.
 The Meister-Korelle is a redesigned model, sold in the USA as the Master Reflex. It has yet another lens mount, with a large diameter screw thread. WEFO was merged into Welta in 1951, and the production of the camera lasted until 1952.
Available lenses[edit | edit source]
Small thread mount[edit | edit source]
- Carl Zeiss Tessar 7.5cm f/2.8
- Carl Zeiss Tessar 8cm f/2.8
- Carl Zeiss Tessar 8cm f/3.5
- Schneider Xenar 7.5cm f/2.8
- Schneider Xenar 7.5cm f/3.5
- Schneider Xenar 8cm f/2.8
- Schneider Radionar 7.5cm f/2.9
- Schneider Radionar 7.5cm f/3.5
- Steinheil Cassar 8cm f/3.5
- E. Ludwig Victar
- Schneider-Kreuznach Xenar 13.5cm f/4.5
- Schneider-Kreuznach Tele-Xenar 18cm f/5.5
Bayonet mount[edit | edit source]
For the Reflex-Korelle III.
- Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar 8cm f/2.8
Large thread mount[edit | edit source]
For the Meister-Korelle and Master Reflex:
Notes[edit | edit source]
Bibliography[edit | edit source]
- Matanle, Ivor. Collecting and Using Classic SLRs. London: Thames & Hudson, 1996. ISBN 0-500-01726-3. Pp.215–6.
- McKeown, James M. and Joan C. McKeown's Price Guide to Antique and Classic Cameras, 12th Edition, 2005-2006. USA, Centennial Photo Service, 2004. ISBN 0-931838-40-1 (hardcover). ISBN 0-931838-41-X (softcover). Pp.471–2 and 983.
Links[edit | edit source]
- Reflex-Korelle section on Retrography.com by Simon Simonsen, Denmark
- Reflex-Korelle at Cosmonet's Classic Camera
- Reflex-Korelle at medfmt
- Reflex Korelle leaflet at Marriott World
- Korelle instruction manual @ www.orphancameras.com
- Reflex-Korelle listed at number 19 in Jason Schneider's Top 20 Cameras Of All-Time on Shutterbug.
- Reflex Korelle at Mario Groleau's website
- on www.collection-appareils.fr by Sylvain Halgand