See also the article Rolleiflex.

Franke & Heidecke launched the original Rolleiflex TLR in January 1929 after eleven prototype units had been built 1927-28 and 12 production samples in late 1928.

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

Some specifications[]

  • 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