||All Rollei TLR by year
The Square idea that changed photographic History
Without any doubt was the introduction in 1929, of the first Rolleiflex Twin Lens Reflex ( TLR ), a sensation: an as ingenious as simple principle that quickly made the Rolleiflex THE must have professional camera all over the world. Producing high quality 6x6 cm square negatives in a compact very easy to operate camera, with the best lens available.
It was the beginning of a technical evolution that would be imitated by many other manufacturers around the Globe with sometimes successful but often poor copies of the bench-mark Rolleiflex. Franke & Heidecke are proof of being the master in that field , with the nowadays massive switch-over to digital, the traditional Rolleiflex TLR is still in production AND development. Very few companies in the world can boost such a long record with one basic design which has been improved on a regular basis yet still so closely resembles the original invention.
This is why TLR aficionados and serious photographers have approached Franke & Heidecke over and over again with suggestions to continue this classical camera concept with the latest technology.
A long line of Rolleiflex, Rolleicord and related cameras has seen . . light since 1929.
The RolleiClub presents you here, with some pride, the most comprehensive overview of those cameras that once were and still are available. Extracted from old Franke & Heidecke , Rollei and later Rollei Optische Werke archives we compilated an unsurpassed database. In it you can find each serial number , the production period and complete technical details of every Rollei TLR ever produced.
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