The Fellsphoto Classic 6x9 Gallery
Franka Rolfix I with Schneider Kreuznach f4.5 105mm Radionar lens
lens serial no. 4768455 dates it to October 1956
The shutter speeds sounded about right. However, testing revealed them to be otherwise:
using ISO100 film: for an actual 1/125 sec: set 1/300 and meter to ISO 250 : for other speeds set meter to ISO 160
Usually these old dirty mechanisms get slower as they're worked. 'Exercising' them does no good and does not improve them.
However, this one bucked the trend. Much 'exercising' resulted in the 1/300 improving from that initial 1/129 to 1/150 and subsequently 1/190. Amazing!
This means that all speeds are roughly 2/3 the indicated speed, so adjusting on the meter by setting ISO 160 for ISO 100 will give correct exposures. Film exposure latitude will take care of any minor variations.
The Rolfix's dual format feature:
The Rolfix top showing the dual format viewfinder changeover slide button.
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As yet no photographs have been taken with this camera.
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There's that well-known old English saying: "You wait ages for a bus and then three come along at once."
Or, as in my case, you wait for years to get a Rolfix and two come along at once - well, almost: the Rolfix I on 19th Aug, the Rolfix II on 22th Sept.
And this one, the one I really wanted, being the 'II' with the Rodenstock Trinar lens:
Rolfix II with Rodenstock Trinar lens as seen listed on ebay by Americana Peddlars of Warren, Michigan:
lens serial number 2575168 dates this camera to 1952