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Rolleiflex 2.8 F 1274, Photo F.W. Stutterheim
Photograph of the crank side of a late Rolleiflex 2.8 F. Note the strap hinges, used again on the FX and later models. Not on the GX. Un-lock button below the finder hood. Camera back hinge with un-lock handle in order to take off the back. The ‘ear’ is clearly visible below the frame counter but this camera has no 12/24 exposures switch.
Photo © 2020 F.W. Stutterheim.

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Links at Rolleigraphy: Rolleiflex User's Site
For general Rollei(flex) links like factory, dealers, optics, clubs, photography, film, etc, see the main Rolleigraphy site.

Small Print. The following links are external links i.e. the linked pages are not on this site. The contents are beyond our control. At the time of writing a link the Owner of Rolleigraphy did a check on that linked page and found nothing that appeared to be illegal or disturbing. However this may change overnight and the Owner rejects any responsibility for the contents of any external site linked from this site. This seems obvious, but in some countries unless rejected I would be responsible for the contents of linked sites. Now that this responsibility is formally rejected, have fun!


Camera Production at the Rolleiflex Factory
The German PhotoScala Magazine made this short film not so long ago. Note the mixture of really old style and high-tech production tools. Anyway it is clear that all cameras are hand-made. Watch the TLR that is undergoing final testing of the film transport. It is held on a small wooden box lined with dark red velvet to protect the lenses. The velvet is so worn and its colour so ancient that the box could be pre-World War II and it was still in use. In 2003 a senior member of staff jokingly told me that the thing was a DIY job by old Mr. Heidecke himself (Reinhold Heidecke, 1881 - 1960, one of the founders of the company).

Technical information

Chris Perez et al.
Testing Four Cameras
Rolleiflex 3.5E (75 mm Xenotar), Rolleiflex 2.8E (80 mm Planar), Hasselblad 500 C/M (80 mm Planar C T*), Mamiya 7 (80 mm Multi-Coated).
Medium Format camera/lens testing.

Richard Urmonas Homepage
Brochures, manuals.


History of Rolleiflex models
Siu Fai´s webpage on the history of the Rolleiflex and the Rolleicord.

Jan Böttcher
Jan’s Museum.

Mike Elek
Mike’s page on classic camera’s. Also links to his pages on Rolleiflex camera’s.

Price lists classics

Antique & Classic Cameras
D. Colluci’s price guide for Rolleiflex TLR and other cameras.

Reviews, Instructions

The Essentials – A Guide to the Best of Rollei’s Camera Systems
Review by Aaron Stennet, Casual Photophile.

Rolleiflex 3.5C review
Tobias Key’s review of the Rolleiflex 3.5 C (3.5 E).

Six months with the Rolleiflex 2.8 D
Review by Josh Solomon, Casual Photophile.

5 Best Medium Format Cameras for Beginners
by James Tocchio, Casual Photophile. Rolleicord, etc.

Rolleiflex 2.8 FX Medium Format TLR
Review by Laura Murray at Photography Life.

So, you want to buy a TLR Rolleiflex? Good choice!
Martin Reekie at Film’s Not Dead.

Rolleiflex Buying Guide
Colton Allen at Film Shooters Collective.

Buying a used Rolleiflex TLR
The Wonderful World of Rolleiflex TLR Photography. Dan Wagner at B&H Explora.

Loading Film
The Wonderful World of Rolleiflex TLR Photography. Dan Wagner at B&H Explora.

Street Photography
The Wonderful World of Rolleiflex TLR Photography. Dan Wagner at B&H Explora.

Shooting 35mm film with a Rolleiflex Automat
Aly’s Vintage Camera Alley.

Shooting 35mm With My Rolleiflex Automat and the Rolleikin 2 Adapter – Part 2
Aly’s Vintage Camera Alley.

Other Twin Lens Reflex cameras

Twin Lens Reflex
Links to some websites regarding other Twin Lens Reflex cameras.


Behind the Film - Inside the ILFORD factory
See how film is made. Take a look inside the HARMAN technology factory in Mobberley, England where they manufacture the ILFORD and Kentmere ranges of black and white film, photographic paper and chemicals. Find the Rolleiflex.


2016 Summer of Sport on ITV
ITV commercial with Rolleiflex T.

“Le Baiser de l’Hôtel de Ville” (The Kiss, 2000). In the year 2000 the maker of an advertisement for a Peugeot car was inspired by Robert Doisneau’s 1951 photograph. See a photographer holding a Rolleiflex Automat (1949) and then the original image by Doisneau in the last seconds of the film.