Frank & Heidecke
1935 Art-Deco Nickel-plated Rolleicord CLA’d, Freshley 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 1935. It shows signs of use but it’s certainly better than most.
It’s been carefully cleaned, lubricated and adjusted. Focusing is accurate. The film counter works as it should. The camera is just as it left the factory and still has its original viewfinder mirror. The mirror has age-related marks but this has no effect on the viewfinder image which is clean and clear.
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 in great shape. It’s clean and clear but does have cleaning marks (but you’ll need a magnifier to see them). No separated elements, haze or fungus 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.) The lens serial number indicates that it was produced in 1935.
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…