Frank & Heidecke
1934 Art-Deco Nickel-plated Rolleicord CLA’d, Freshly Serviced!
Cleaned, Lubricated & Adjusted. Ready for immediate use
This is the desirable Art-Deco Rolleicord which features a nickel plated “basket-weave” finish. These cameras were produced in limited numbers for only three years between 1933-36. This example was built by Frank & Heidecke in prewar Germany in circa 1934. It’s in excellent condition for its age and certainly far better than most.
It’s been carefully cleaned, lubricated and adjusted. Focusing is accurate. The film counter works as it should. The viewfinder mirror and matt glass are in excellent condition and give a good clean view.
The quality Compur shutter works smoothly and all speeds (T, B & 1 Sec-1/300th) are appropriate. The slow speeds buzz along nicely and the faster ones are clean and snappy. It produces twelve, 6x6 exposures on readily available 120 roll-film. It works very nicely, which makes it doubly desirable to collectors who actually enjoy using their cameras.
The lens on this Rollei is a Carl Zeiss 3.5/75mm Triotar lens which is a classic Cooke design with three elements in three groups. It’s well known for the attractive rendition and bokeh it produces. This Zeiss lens has an excellent reputation in Europe for a lovely bokeh and its soft smooth backgrounds. The glass is clean and clear. There are no scratches, just the usual light cleaning wisps and it’s capable of producing lovely photos with modern color & B&W films. (As with all prewar lenses, we recommend keeping the light behind you for optimal performance.)
All in all, a very enjoyable freshly serviced vintage camera. Load it with your favorite film and keep it handy for that perfect shot you’ve been looking for. You know the one... the one with the perfect Ansel Adams light breaking through the dark storm clouds that leaves you wishing that you had a classic vintage camera with you…