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Rollei Rolleicord V (K3C) - Camera

Rollei Rolleicord V (K3C) - Camera

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Manual focus 120 TLR camera made by Franke & Heideck between 1954 & 1957. About 84,000 were made. Has a focus knob on the right side instead of the left like later models. The exposure guide on the back changed to pictures instead of text to suit all languages. Metal body available in black & silver.

  • Taking lens: Schneider-Kreuznach 75mm f3.5 Xenar (4 elements, 3 groups)
  • Viewing lens: 75mm f3.2 Heidosmat
  • Minimum focus distance: 0.9m
  • Shutter: Synchro-Compur MXV, leaf, 1s - 1/500s + B
  • Aperture blades: 5
  • Size: 140 x 98 x 100 mm
  • Weight: 889g
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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 V (K3C) - Camera Price History
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18 Sep 2023 T51935 € 641.59 Rollei Rolleicord V (K3C) - Camera Image
15 Sep 2023 E18964 € 673.99 Rollei Rolleicord V (K3C) - Camera Image
12 Aug 2023 E19141 € 749.00 Rollei Rolleicord V (K3C) - Camera Image
27 Jul 2023 T45240 € 699.00 Rollei Rolleicord V (K3C) - Camera Image
05 May 2023 T41218 € 699.00 Rollei Rolleicord V (K3C) - Camera Image
09 Dec 2022 T33068 € 614.99 Rollei Rolleicord V (K3C) - Camera Image
18 Nov 2022 E17271 € 599.00 Rollei Rolleicord V (K3C) - Camera Image
07 Oct 2022 E17444 € 662.06 Rollei Rolleicord V (K3C) - Camera Image
23 Aug 2022 T15659 € 699.00 Rollei Rolleicord V (K3C) - Camera Image
12 Jul 2022 E16875 € 599.00 Rollei Rolleicord V (K3C) - Camera Image