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Rollieflex Old Standard 120mm TLR film camera

Rollieflex Old Standard 120mm TLR film camera
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Rollieflex Old Standard 120mm TLR film camera


The old standard model of Rolleiflex was made by Franke & Heidecke in Braunschweig, Germany, from 1932 to 1938.

Franke & Heidecke had introduced the 6×6 TLR design in 1929 with their original Rolleiflex. While the model discussed here is sometimes (confusingly) called the "original" Standard, in fact this is a revised model offering several improvements over the 1929 Rolleiflex: Hinged back, crank film transport, and a sports finder giving a very different appearance to the viewing hood. Obviously, "old standard" was not the name at the introduction; it became known by this name after the introduction of the new standard in 1939.

These names are not to be found anywhere on the camera; Rolleiflexes are generally dated and identified by serial numbers. Collectors distinguish between the three sub-variants of the old standard with the factory's internal type numbers: 620, 621, and 622. The war photographer Robert Capa, later a co-founder of Magnum, used an old standard Rolleiflex (as well as a Contax) during World War II.

This is a 622 (1932-38) model with shutter Compur 1-1/500 +T & B and Tessar 75mm f/3.5 lens.

The Camera is in good vintage condition and working well manually. Shutter fires on all speeds. Aperture and focus is working smooth. The viewing lens has a bit of rubbing mark on it which doesn't affect the view. Tested with dummy roll to check the film advance lever and counter and they are working well too. New viewfinder mirror fitted so the view is clear and crisp. There is a small piece of metal broken of from the name plate.

Fantastic collectors piece which is ready for action

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