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Rollei Tele-Rolleiflex (Type 1) - Camera

Rollei Tele-Rolleiflex (Type 1) - Camera

Medium format 6x6 TLR camera with a tele lens made by Rollei. The Tele-Rolleiflex was Rolleis answer to the growing demand for a Rolleiflex with a tele lens. Type 1 model was made between 1959 and 1966. Coupled film advance and cocking. Black and silver grey metal body.

  • Carl Zeiss 135mm f4 Sonnar
  • Synhro-Compur MXV -shutter, 1s - 1/500s + Bulb
  • Minimum focus distance: 2.6m
  • Aperture blades: 5
  • Size: 147 x 140 x 105mm
  • Weight: 1535 g
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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 Tele-Rolleiflex (Type 1) - Camera Availability & Price History
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16 Feb 2024 T17461 € 1.399,00 Rollei Tele-Rolleiflex (Type 1) - Camera Image