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FRANKE & HEIDECKE - Rolleicord V (1954 - 1957)

Reflex Bi-Lens

The Rolleicord is often introduced as the « Rolleiflex for poor people ». This is unfair considering its great quality of manufacturing as well as the numerous improvements that it received all along its commercial career.

Rolleicord V
(Objectif Scheider-Kreuznach Xenar 1:3,5 f=75mm)

The Rolleicord V is probably the one which better illustrates the proximity which exists between this model and the Rolleiflex.
Of course, some differencies exist between these two ranges of cameras but these ones are mostly functional. The Rolleicord cameras were considered as less « user friendly » compared with their cousins Rolleiflex.

With the Rolleicord V, Franke & Heidecke invents the concept of EVS (Exposure Value Scale) which will equip later on, several of its models. EVS is a mechanical liaison between shutter speed and aperture : according to the selected speed, the shutter automatically adjusts the range of possible apertures for an appropriate exposure.

Regarding the taking lens, the Rolleicord V is equipped with a Scheider-Kreuznach Xenar 1:3,5 f=75mm made of 4 lenses which gives its best at 1:8.

Other characteristics of this camera are :

bulletSynchro-Compur shutter (Speeds B, 1 to 1/500 sec)
bulletShutter locking,
bulletSynchro switch M and X.

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