Dating rolleiflex camera
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I'm hoping that somebody will either tell me of a hidden location for the serial number, or tell me that the lens serial number is close to theirs so the camera is likely to be a certain model year.
In 2002 it was bought by a Danish investment group, and in 2005 was split into two different companies: "Rollei Gmb H" in Berlin, owner of the Rollei brand and selling various OEMequipment, and "Franke & Heidecke Gmb H, Feinmechanik und Optik" in Brunswick, an equipment factory.
Rollei Gmb H is a German camera manufacturer with an impressive line of cameras and a history that is closely connected with the history of photography.
They set the standard for TLR (Twin Lens Reflex) cameras and has had great success, especially during the 1950s when almost every newspaper photographer used a Rolleiflex.
In early 2009, Franke & Heidecke Gmb H, Feinmechanik und Optik declared itself insolvent.
Currently Rolleiflex digital and analog medium format cameras, Rollei 35 and Rolleivision slide projectors are being produced by DHW Fototechnik - a company founded by former Franke & Heidecke employees.
I wonder if the serial number is recorded inside the camera as well as the usual outside location. The camera is in bad shape, so it's not surprising that it needed a couple of spare parts during its life.
Zeiss Jena continued with the pre-war numbers, Zeiss Oberkochen (Opton) started anew with 0 after the war, so there are parallel strains, Jena being approximately 2 Million ahead.The Rolleiflex TLR was first made in 1927, shortly after the Rolleidoscop, a stereo camera with a focusing reflex viewfinder, and might be seen as derived from it.A prototype TLR camera for 9x12 cm plates, dated to 1920, was made several years earlier, but was never made commercially.The horizontal face on top of the Rolleiflex nameplate is where I would expect to find it, but that only has the usual letters DBP and DBGM, with no sign of a serial number.The lens is Planar number 3480995 but I haven't found any literature which helps to date the camera from the lens number. Yes that's always possible although the nameplate looks the same age as the rest of the camera and has a similar amount of wear. Full-size ground glass focusing screen without condenser with cross hairs giving 25 squares.