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Rollei Rolleicord Vb Model 1 (K3F) - Camera

Rollei Rolleicord Vb Model 1 (K3F) - Camera

Manual focus 120 TLR camera made by Franke & Heideck between 1962 & 1966. About 44,500 were made. All models came with the same combination of shutter and lens. Uses an EV scale and locked shutter speed/aperture combinations. Metal body available in black & silver.

  • Taking lens: Schneider-Kreuznach 75mm f3.5 Xenar (4 elements, 3 groups)
  • Viewing lens: Rollei 75mm f3.2 Heidosmat
  • Minimum focus distance: 0.9m
  • Shutter: Synchro-Compur leaf, 1s - 1/500s
  • Aperture blades: 5
  • EV range: 4 - 17
  • Size: 145 x 98 x 88mm
  • Weight: 922g
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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 Vb Model 1 (K3F) - Camera Availability & Price History
Date Sold SKU Quality Control Price Image
13 Jul 2024 T46967 € 629,00 Rollei Rolleicord Vb Model 1 (K3F) - Camera Image
06 Jul 2024 T72381 € 825,68 Rollei Rolleicord Vb Model 1 (K3F) - Camera Image
12 Jan 2024 T57158 € 699,00 Rollei Rolleicord Vb Model 1 (K3F) - Camera Image
31 Dec 2023 T53919 € 839,00 Rollei Rolleicord Vb Model 1 (K3F) - Camera Image
19 Aug 2023 T50235 € 831,99 Rollei Rolleicord Vb Model 1 (K3F) - Camera Image
19 Mar 2023 T38922 € 841,72 Rollei Rolleicord Vb Model 1 (K3F) - Camera Image
11 Jan 2023 T33010 € 749,00 Rollei Rolleicord Vb Model 1 (K3F) - Camera Image
22 Dec 2022 T34395 € 799,00 Rollei Rolleicord Vb Model 1 (K3F) - Camera Image
16 Nov 2022 T12180 € 702,50 Rollei Rolleicord Vb Model 1 (K3F) - Camera Image
24 Oct 2022 T28595 € 815,59 Rollei Rolleicord Vb Model 1 (K3F) - Camera Image
22 Apr 2022 T14651 € 799,00 Rollei Rolleicord Vb Model 1 (K3F) - Camera Image