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 decads. Many photographers still shoot with Rolleiflex TLR film cameras and black-and-white film.
Specifications[edit | edit source]
- Serials: 805.000 - 1.050.000 (some shared with Rolleiflex Standard New)
- Film: 120 roll film, picture size 6x6cm & 35mm with Rolleikin I adapter set.
- Taking lens: Zeiss Tessar 75mm f/3.5, filter Bayonet I
- Finder lens: Heidoscop Anastigmat 75mm f/2.8 filter Bayonet I
- Shutter: Compur-Rapid 1-1/500 +T & B,
- Self timer.
- 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 table
- Gray aperture & shutter control dial inlay
- Franke & Heidecke name under viewing lens
- Weight: 928g
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. Also useable after modifications: Rolleimarin I under water housing, Rolleimeter, Rolleiflash.
Notes and references[edit | edit source]
- as to Int.Rollei Club
- Engravings beneath the Rolleiflex logo: D.R.P. and serial no.; D.R.P. means Deutsches Reichs Patent stating that this design or part of it was patented sometime between 1890-1945.
Links[edit | edit source]