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My 1947 Franka Rolfix Medium Format Folder

My 1947 Franka Rolfix Medium Format Folder
Here is the latest addition to my collection; an absolutely pristine 1947 Franka Rolfix medium format folder. (stamped "Made in Germany - US Zone") It makes both 6X6cm and 6x9cm negatives using 120 roll film, has a flawless Schneider-Kreuznack Radionar f/4.5 lens, an 8-speed (plus "B") Prontor-S shutter, and simple pop-up viewfinder. It is in perfect working order, and cosmetically is every bit as immaculate as the day it was made, some 66 years ago. I can hardly wait to start using this rare beauty for capturing my Newfoundland landscapes, though my ongoing spinal issues have unfortunately been keeping me bedridden for much of the summer. This is the 30th vintage camera in my ever-growing collection, and my fifth medium format folder; my other folders are a 1951 Franka Solida 1, 1953 Voigtlander Perkeo 1, 1951 Ensign Ranger, and a 1917 Kodak Autographic 1A.
(taken at the shoreline directly in front of our Fogo Island (Newfoundland) home using a Sony SLT-A57 and Sony 35mm f/1.8 fast prime lens @ 1/2000th sec, f/2.8, ISO 100)
www.FocusOnNewfoundland.com

Dimas Sequeira, red (movingphoto), Jan Klimczak, Alfre MM and 67 other people have particularly liked this photo


62 comments - The latest ones
William Sutherland
William Sutherland
Gorgeous shot! I love the Vintage camera and the background scenery!
4 years ago.
J. Taylor
J. Taylor
Great shot!! I have a very similar Kodak 120 camera that was my great-grandfathers. It's displayed in our living room. It would be fun to star using it.
4 years ago.
Clickity Click
Clickity Click
Oh this is so cool ... love vintage camera's !!
4 years ago.
lemonyellowsky
lemonyellowsky
Lovely find!! Hope you feel well again soon :)
4 years ago.
Marko Novosel
Marko Novosel
A beauty.
4 years ago.
Sigmund
Sigmund
Great capture and beautiful depth / bokeh. Hope you get well soon :-))
4 years ago.
(*NIKonGT*)
(*NIKonGT*)
Congrat!
Perfect focus and beautiful soft background.
take care of yourself:)
4 years ago.
Eunice Perkins
Eunice Perkins
What a little beauty!
4 years ago.
johnnyh4
johnnyh4
Very nice. Hope you're able to use it soon.
4 years ago.
Don Sutherland
Don Sutherland
Outstanding shot.
4 years ago.
Robert Wilson
Robert Wilson
Fantastic old camera, great photo too.
4 years ago.
Gerlinde
Gerlinde
superb camera and shot!
4 years ago.
Stephen Branley
Stephen Branley
A beautiful piece of photographic memorabilia Glen, wonderfully photographed, it stands out well with that diffused background.
4 years ago.
Ruth S Hart
Ruth S Hart
Exquisite shot of this old camera, wonderful image
4 years ago.
Jenny McIntyre
Jenny McIntyre
My ex-husband had one similar to this and he used to develop his own pictures etc in the attic of our home. I'm not sure where it is now but I think he gave it to our son.
4 years ago.
pillarboxcottage
pillarboxcottage
Fabulous shot of your latest acquisition, and a tantalising glimpse of the Newfoundland landscape in the background! I hope you are soon able to emerge from your bed and give the camera a test run. I'd love to see the pictures you shoot with it.
4 years ago.
Tricia V...
Tricia V...
A lovely shot of a beautiful camera!
4 years ago.
leszee
leszee
great
4 years ago.
Keith Burton
Keith Burton
Superb shot. You've presented this beautiful old camera perfectly :)
4 years ago.
welshgog
welshgog
Great photo - super subject; I have a couple of old folders myself and they are great fun to use' they really make you think about your photography.
4 years ago.
Dave Linscheid
Dave Linscheid
A gem of an old camera and a great shallow focus image.
4 years ago.
Nick Stewart
Nick Stewart
That's a beauty. Great comp, love the backdrop.
4 years ago.
Nyske
Nyske
I love this pic totally! Love the colours, the old camera and the background. Great DoF!
4 years ago.
odell_rd
odell_rd
Hope you are able to get out and enjoy the experience.
4 years ago.
Sergio Locatelli
Sergio Locatelli
No doubt a great satisfaction for an enthusiast. I'd like to see the images taken with this beautiful camera.
4 years ago.
Serge Daigneault
Serge Daigneault
Congratulations for being on Ipernity Explore !
Seen in www.ipernity.com/group/frontpage
4 years ago.
Flatterding
Flatterding
eine schöne Kamera .
4 years ago.
Stephen McElroy (pf109)
Stephen McElroy (pf1…
Quite a find!
4 years ago.
blokkadeleider
blokkadeleider
Beautiful shot.
That should be fun too.
Never used one of those folding cameras myself.
4 years ago.
Kathleen Thorpe-BUSY
Kathleen Thorpe-BUSY
WOW, what a find; congratulations!
4 years ago.
Miriam Arit
Miriam Arit
Thank you for sharing your collections with us/me....you are inspiring me to do some collections my self...i just started with some lenses....i hope to get more like you do. This is beautiful and informational capture...thank you.
4 years ago.
John McKay
John McKay
Wonderful image of this classic, drool! A great find Glen, enjoy it and I look forward to results from this gem!
4 years ago.
René(NL)
René(NL)
This is a beauty !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
4 years ago.
koaxial
koaxial
fantastic shot - and a fantastic old camera!!
4 years ago.
Jim Johnston
Jim Johnston
very nice camera and shot.
4 years ago.
The Plastic Botanist
The Plastic Botanist
what a find, a beauty.

Hope you are feeling better soon so that you can use it !
4 years ago.
Yvon NL
Yvon NL
great taken picture
4 years ago.
Ania ...
Ania ...
Gorgeous shot!!!
4 years ago.
M@men Ferrer
M@men Ferrer
Preciosa composicion¡¡¡¡la camara como unica protagonista,genial¡¡¡¡
4 years ago.
Autre Regard
Autre Regard
Très belle image.
4 years ago.
Starsprite
Starsprite
So beautiful ;-)
4 years ago.
Jean Simard
Jean Simard
A beauty indeed..
4 years ago.
Jon Langballe
Jon Langballe
Liked it a lot
Nice camera
4 years ago.
Dynamo
Dynamo
excellent...
4 years ago.
Simoneo333
Simoneo333
Well, welcome o the collection.

Nice can't wait to see the photos. Amazing find. I hate to say this I gave my vintage camera collection away to a friend who enjoys restoring and playing with them.

Wonderful composition
4 years ago.
Don Gatea
Don Gatea
Fantastic ! (long time ago I have used an old Franka on 35mm format, but unfortunately it was not in a good condition (problems with shutter) so I've returned it to vendor...
4 years ago.
Esther
Esther
How cool! Can you still find film for this camera?
4 years ago.
Focus On Newfoundlan… has replied to Esther
Hi Esther... yes, it takes regular 120 roll film, which is easy to find almost anywhere.
Glen
www.focusonnewfoundland.com
4 years ago.
Repullés
Repullés
Una excelente composición.
3 years ago.
Anna Anastasio
Anna Anastasio
Superbe!
3 years ago.
Jeff Hollenbeck
Jeff Hollenbeck
That's a very nice camera. I love my medium format folders. I can't remember all the make/models I have, but I really like the Agfa Isolette with Solinar lens. Probably the best of the bunch. There's a 6x9 and a 6x6 version of this Agfa folder -- I have the 6x6 and long for the 6x9. Not that I need any more cameras.
3 years ago.
Willard Joudrey
Willard Joudrey
that is a super looking camera, excellent capture, congrats on your collection
3 years ago.
Miordan
Miordan
Il est plus difficile de travailler avec ces vieux appareils qu'avec les appareils numériques . Mais c'est tellement plus artisque
3 years ago.
William Skelly
William Skelly
What a beautiful piece of equipment , enjoy it .
3 years ago.
John Spix
John Spix
That camera is the same age as I am but it sure looks to be in better condition. Enjoy.
3 years ago.
denny
denny
What a great idea, photographing your camera/cameras outside. I've got an old Kodak 'Vest' pocket camera. I will have to do a photo shoot with it and put up.
3 years ago.
learning.photography
learning.photography
Very nice shot !
3 years ago.
Nyske
Nyske
I love this one very much. Like the composition and, of course, the old camera.
3 years ago.
Alfre MM
Alfre MM
Preciosa imagen, gran enfoque selectivo.
2 years ago.
Jan Klimczak
Jan Klimczak
Piękny zabytek!
2 years ago.
Nadia Kushnir
Nadia Kushnir
Excellent!
10 months ago.
Dimas Sequeira
Dimas Sequeira
Very clever: focus on Franka Rolfix provides a 3 dimensions sensation!
7 weeks ago.