Rollei the Company(s)
Some of the products of the human mind have become legends. And not just in fields such as literature, painting or music. Photography has its legends too. One of these is undoubtedly the twin-lens Rolleiflex 6×6. First introduced by Rollei in 1929 and the principle behind it was a real stroke of genius. Within a short time it had brought the Rollei name worldwide recognition. Nearly every top 6×6 photographer that time was using a Rolleiflex 6×6. The Rolleiflex was to have a decisive influence on the history of photography during the following decades.
Until around 2006 the Professional Rollei Cameras were made by Franke & Heidecke which since then filed for bankruptcy. The same production was continued by a smaller but growing staff under a new name: DHW Fototechnic. They manufacture the RolleiflexHy6 , the Rolleiflex 6008, the Rollei TLR F series and the Rollei 35 Classic amongst others.
Rollei as a brand remains active as a separate trade company , outsourcing manufacturing of Rollei branded products like digital cameras , tripods etc.