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Hi, I have a rolleiflex camera with s/n 1066110, around the lens reads...tessar 1:3.5 7.5cm carl zeiss jena nr. 3029718. I was wondering the value and time period. Thanks!

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Hello,

You have a Rolleiflex Automat (sometimes marketed as the Automatic Rolleiflex) Type 4, a traditional medium format twin-lens-reflex camera, made by Franke & Heidecke of Germany from the end of 1945 to late in 1949, for 2 1/4 x 2 1/4 inch (6 x 6 cm) exposures on #120 roll film. It's a fairly common camera, and value depends greatly on condition. A truly excellent example in fully functional condition should sell in the $120-$150 range. A mint example in the original box could go as high as $250. However, there are many available in generally used condition, softly worn yet still essentially working, and they tend to sell regularly in the $70-$90 range. They're wonderful cameras, but the design is archaic by modern standards, and few people buy them to use today. It's more about the history and the collectible interest.

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I'm an expert on all types of antique, classic, and contemporary cameras, as well as the general history of photography. Everything from ancient box cameras to modern single-lens-reflex; from simple Kodaks to sophisticated Leica and Nikon; from glass plates and roll film to movie and 35mm. I can identify and appraise them, explain how they work, and offer insights on their restoration and care. I can also provide historical background on vintage cameras and equipment, and guidelines on their purchase and sale.

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I've been a professional photographer and a student of the history of photography for nearly 30 years. During that time my collection of vintage cameras and photographic paraphernalia has grown beyond 2000 significant pieces. I've published nearly 70 articles in the field, including 16 in the popular "Buying Classic Cameras" series for PHOTO SHOPPER MAGAZINE from 1995 to 1997, I'm currently a contributing editor for CAMERA SHOPPER MAGAZINE and McKEOWN'S PRICE GUIDE TO ANTIQUE AND CLASSIC CAMERAS, and I've written numerous entries for WORLD BOOK ENCYCLOPEDIA. Portions of my collection have been displayed in museums and special exhibits in the past two decades, and many of the items were photographed as illustrations for books. In 1985 I founded the International Photographic Historical Organization (InPHO), which eventually evolved into its intended purpose as the best first resource for information on the history of photography. I'm also a founding member of several e-mail forums dedicated to specialized areas of photography, and I'm the moderator of the Internet Directory of Camera Collectors (IDCC), which remains the largest and most successful such group in the world. For more information about the International Photographic Historical Organization and its many services, please visit its web pages at:

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