07 Feb 2012

4/52 Franka Rolfix

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The 4th of my 52cameras project. The Franka Rolfix is a cracking little medium format folder made in Germany some time in the 50’s I think. It has a Schneider Kreuznach Radionar 1:4,5/105 lens in a Prontor-S shutter, it comes with an internal mask allowing either 6×6 or 6×9 images on 120 film. I bought this from Skears Photographic in Northampton last year, I only went in for some film. When I bought it it looked like it had hardly been used, the internals were spotless and as it came complete with the internal 6×6/6×9 mask it had to be added to the collection.


As usual the film was processed in Rodinal but it didn’t actually get processed for the right amount of time as I was processing the Rolleie Retro 400S from the Nikkormat at the same time and managed to process that for the Ilford Delta time and this Delta for the Rollei time, so instead of 9 minutes it actually got 10.5 minutes, but a little tweaking in Lightroom sorted it out.

A wander round Spitalfield’s Market in London on a dull day was a bit of a test for the f4.5 lens but I’m quite pleased with the results.

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