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Rollei is a German manufacturer of optical goods, and maker of the Rolleiflex series of cameras. Founded 1920 by Paul Franke and Reinhold Heidecke in Braunschweig, Lower Saxony, they have had a chequered manufacturing history but still retain a certain cachet amongst photographers. Coupled with Carl Zeiss or Schneider Kreuznach optics - and on certain models a sublime build quality that matches the best Swiss watch - they have always been a worthy rival to Sweden's Hasselblad.
Classic examples - medium format
- Rolleiflex 3.5F TLR with 75mm F3.5 Planar - as used by David Bailey and Diane Arbus.
- Rolleiflex SL66 and SL66E SLR with rise and fall lens plane and exceptional close-up abilities - as used by Brett Weston .
Classic examples - 35mm
- Rollei 35 Compact Original viewfinder (Germany) with 40mm F3.5 Carl Zeiss Tessar.
- Rolleiflex SL2000 (or 3003) SLR - first 35mm SLR with interchangeable magazines.
Modern examples - medium format
- Rollei 6008 integral - advanced SLR with fast handling.
- Rollei 4.0 FW TLR with 50mm F4 Super-Angulon - classic reissue.
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