Automat Model 1

Rolleiflex Automat Model 1 is a medium format film TLR camera made by Franke & Heidecke, and produced between 1937-39. Model 1 is also known as Model RF 111A. [1]

All Rolleiflex Automat series was produced between 1937-1956. Automat name stands to introduced automatic film counter in 1937; this counter senses the thickness of the film backing to accurately begin counting frames, obviating the need for the ruby window that forced the photographer to read the frame number off the back of the film itself. Rolleiflex TLR film cameras were most famous and the standard of news and studio photographers for decades. Many photographers still shoot with Rolleiflex TLR film cameras and black-and-white film.

Specifications[edit | edit source]

  • Serials: 568.516 - 805.0000
  • Film: 120 roll, picture size 6x6cm & 35mm with Rolleikin I adapter set
  • Taking Lens: Zeiss Tessar 75mm f/3.5, filter Bayonet I
  • Finder lens: Heidoscop Anastigmat 85mm f/2.8, filter slip-on 28.5mm
  • Shutter: Compur-Rapid with speeds 1-1/500 +T & B.
  • Film winding: lever with auto stop, no red window, film pressure plate without color coating
  • Lever also cocks the shutter
  • Double exposure prevention
  • Backcover: hinged with exposure guide
  • Weight: 850 grams
  • Later models have a shutter release safety lock

The camera could be used with Rolleikin I to use 35mm film & with the special glass plate film adapter. The following parts of his model can be modernized to 1955 standard: waist level finder, larger focusing knob, double exposure safety lock, viewing lens bayonet, X-sync contact.

Notes and references[edit | edit source]

  1. as to Rolleiclub

Links[edit | edit source]

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