Lomopedia: Reflex Korelle

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Another camera that hailed from Dresden, Germany, the Reflex-Korelle was among the earliest 6x6cm SLR cameras. Find out more about this medium format SLR camera in this installment of Lomopedia!

Photo by John Kratz on Flickr and zot0 (too busy) on Flickr

Released in 1935 by Franz Kochmann Fabrik Photographischer Apparate (later renamed to Korelle-Werk G. H. Brandtmann) in Dresden, Germany, the Reflex-Korelle was the company’s first major commercial success and among the earliest 120 film SLR cameras producing 6×6 photos. Many camera historians and collectors also note that despite its very simple construction, it’s held together by small machine screws instead of rivets and pins. In theory, this makes them easy to disassemble and repair if the screws are kept from rusting.

The Reflex-Korelle has a cloth focal plane shutter with horizontally running curtains, a fixed waist-level viewfinder (with magnifier), and a fine thread 41mm lens mount. Shutter speeds first ranged from 1/10 to 1/1000, but later models were equipped with B 1/25 1/50 1/75 1/100 1/200 and 1/500 speeds. It accommodated interchangeable lenses but came with a manual Schneider Kreuznach Radionar f/2.9 7.5cm lens by default.

Technical Specifications:

  • Film: 120 6×6cm,
  • Exposures: 12 exposures
  • Focusing: Lend helicoid
  • Finder: SLR mate screen with magnifier and frame finder
  • Lens: Tessar 80mm F2.8, Min aperture F32
  • Shutter: Cloth focal plane B,2 – 1/500sec, self timer
  • Closed focus: 3 feet
  • Film winding: Automatic stop
Photos by Luigi Bonazzi on Flickr

Visit Reflex-Korelle on Camerapedia, Reflex-Korelle on Old Camera Junk, The Reflex-Korelle on Pentacon Six System, and Reflex-Korelle on Cosmonet.org or download the camera manual to find out more about this early medium format SLR camera!

written by plasticpopsicle on 2013-05-23 in #reviews

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