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Rollei Rolleicord IV (K3D) - Camera

Rollei Rolleicord IV (K3D) - Camera

Manual focus 120 TLR released by Franke & Heidecke in 1952. This model added an M/X switch for flash synchronization and removed the option for a Zeiss lens. The original price (149$) is equal to ~1625 Euros in 2023. Metal body available in black.

  • Taking lens: Schneider-Kreuznach 75mm f3.5 Xenar
  • Viewing lens: Rollei 75mm f3.2 Heidosmat
  • Shutter: Synchro-Compur leaf, 1s - 1/500s + B, T
  • Aperture blades: 10
  • Minimum focus distance: 0.9m
  • Size: 141 x 98 x 88 mm
  • Weight: 854g
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TLR

Twin-Lens Reflex (TLR) cameras are defined by having two lenses. One lens is used for taking images and the other is for viewing, focusing, and framing your photos. The lenses are synchronized and the same focal length to allow for proper framing and focusing.

Normally, the viewing lens redirects light upwards towards a waist level viewfinder and the lower lens exposes the film using a built-in leaf shutter. Because of the way this system works the image in the viewfinder is flipped horizontally, which can take some time to get used to. There are also slight differences in framing between the two lenses that can affect images at close focusing distances.

Most TLRs take 6x6cm images on 120 medium format roll film, although some could also use now-discontinued 220 film. Many companies made TLRs, including Yashica, Minolta, and Zeiss Ikon. The most famous TLR brand, though, is Rollei.

The Rolleicord and Rolleiflex cameras are the definitive TLR designs, with all others taking major inspiration from them. These cameras pair world-class build quality with legendary Carl Zeiss & Schneider-Kreuznach lenses to make an excellent, if expensive, camera.

TLRs are iconic ”old school” cameras, used as the primary camera of journalists and documentary photographers for decades before 35mm SLRs took over. Most people will recognize a TLR as an ”old camera” and many will be intrigued by its strange (by today’s standards) two-lens design.

DHW Fototechnik is still making Rolleiflex TLRs today in Germany.

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Rollei Rolleicord IV (K3D) - Camera Availability & Price History
Date Sold SKU Quality Control Price Image
Available E19097 €599,00 Rollei Rolleicord IV (K3D)
Available T53169 €449,00 Rollei Rolleicord IV (K3D)
Available T64942 €499,00 Rollei Rolleicord IV (K3D)
30 Jun 2024 T65041 € 349,00 Rollei Rolleicord IV (K3D) - Camera Image
24 Jun 2024 T70869 € 399,00 Rollei Rolleicord IV (K3D) - Camera Image
31 Mar 2024 T53571 € 560,58 Rollei Rolleicord IV (K3D) - Camera Image
29 Feb 2024 T53097 € 499,00 Rollei Rolleicord IV (K3D) - Camera Image