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Manufactured in Allemagne from 1931 until 1933.
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Rollei Rolleiflex 4 x 4
Rolleiflex 4x4 K1.A (410) 1:3.5

The Rolleiflex 4x4 Original line of TLR cameras appeared in March 1931 and ended during WWII around 1943-44. The first model was the K1.A 410 (factory number), easily identifiable by the lack of peep window above the viewing lens, the simple Compur shutter to a maximum speed of 300 and a Tessar 1:3.5 as taking lens. This model was named by Evans as the Original Baby. The nameplate serial number starts at 123,000 in March 1931 and ends around 151,000 in January 1933. The hidden body serial numbers (meaning production) are in the range 1 to 9,500 (together with the model 411 with Tessar 1:2.8).

The Rolleiflex 4x4 was the second TLR camera produced by Franke & Heidecke, following immediately the 6x6 Original Rolleiflex. The model 410 introduced the crank for advancing film with automatic stops after frame 1, a necessity at the time for 127 film which had no marks for 4x4 frames. Another advance was the eye-level direct-vision viewfinder, which allowed for action photography.