Rolleicord - Antique and Vintage Cameras

Rolleicord

1933

Original model

Franke & Heidecke

Braunschweig

Germany

Image of Rolleicord

Lens:
f4.5, 7.5 cm Triotar. Iris diaphragm to f32. Serial no. 1472487 (c. 1933).

Viewing lens:7.5 cm Heidoscop Anastigmat.

Shutter:
Rim-set Compur, speeds 1 - 1/300, B, T. Serial no. 2760552.

Construction:
Metal body with nickel plated pattern.

Format:
12, 6 x 6 cm exposures on 120 roll-film.

Focusing:
To 0.8 m.

Attributes:
Reflex viewing through second lens. Full-size ground glass focusing screen without condenser. Cross hairs on focusing screen. Parallax adjustment. Magnifier in hood. Frame finder.
Film advance indicated by counter after initially setting to 1 in red window, not coupled to shutter.
Exposure counter operated by film movement. Removable back. Depth-of-field scale. Exposure guide table on back of camera.

Identification:
Plated finish. Removable back. No cover to red window. Studs to fit neck strap.

Serial Number:
011125 .

Notes:
Date on the mirror: 10.3.34.

With:
Case. Cable release by AGC.

The Rolleicord was introduced as a cheaper alternative to the popular Rolleiflex; at 10.10.0 it was around half the price.

Variations

  • Earliest models have an engraved finish with painted bright parts, later a plated finish was used.
  • Early models have a fixed back, later this was removable enabling the plate back to be fitted.
  • Late models have a swivelling plate to cover red window, prior to this no cover was fitted.
  • The depth of focus tables differ between calculations based on f/1000, early, and f/1500, late.
  • Late models have the spur shaped fixing for the neck strap, before this the strap fitted to studs on the lower side of the camera.

The metal plated model was replaced by the leather covered Rolleicord I after about a year.

References & Notes:
BJA 1935, pp. 227, 597.

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