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Rolleiflex Camera Model K8 T1

This is the Rolleiflex Camera Model K8 T1. It is made out of Aluminum and has a brown leather case and neck strap. The lid and front sides of the case lift away to reveal the camera underneath.

This 120 roll film Rolleiflex camera was notable for its exceptional build quality, compact size, modest weight, superior optics, durable, simple, reliable mechanics and bright viewfinders. They were rather popular and widely imitated. Originally they were made by the German Company Franke & Heidecke, and later shifting to Rollei-Werk (shortened to Rollei).

Written on the Camera is the following:

Rolleiflex

Synchro - Compur

Franke & Heidecke

D&P T 2120114 DBGM


The Rolleiflex T series were produced between 1958 and 1976. The "T" in the series' name does not stem from the Tessar lenses, but rather from its creator Théodore Uhl. The purpose of manufacturing these cameras was to market a lower-cost budget camera model. These were seen as a less sophisticated and more affordable model than their Rolleiflex F models, for example. The T1 Model, specifically, was produced between 1958 and 1961, features a gray leather front covering, and uses a Synchro-Compur MXV shutter with a self timer.

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