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[Rollei] Original Rollei Prototype
- Subject: [Rollei] Original Rollei Prototype
- From: todd belcher <todd_belcher >
- Date: Thu, 8 Jan 2004 16:12:54 -0800
I recently bought an old Original Rollei camera to add to my
collection. I wanted it because it appeared to be an early one and
although I have several Original Rolleiflex cameras in my collection,
I lacked a really early one.
The camera arrived and it is different from any other Original Rollei I
had seen before. After some poking about in the literature, I found a
reference to an Original Rollei prototype in Claus Prochnow's Rollei 75
Year Anniversary book - which is in German and English. In it is a
description of the prototype and this camera I have purchased matches
his description. He also stated that of the 10 prototype cameras made,
only one is known to survive and that is owned by the City Museum of
Brunswick in Germany. I do not own any other of Claus Prochnow's books
and do not know if he has any other info on the prototype in his books.
If anyone has more info on this camera I would be pleased to know about
it. I have posted pics of my camera on the Rollei Gallery:
An unusual feature of this camera is that the front is actually screwed
in place with four screws that are visible in the corners of the front.
Unlike any other Rollei TLR (other than the RolleiMagic), the lenses
themselves move in and out to focus independently of the front cover.