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The Classic Rollei: A Definitive Guide

A comprehensive study of the Rollei twin-lens reflexes cameras made between 1929 and 1981 Covering all the production models and virtually all the accessories, this book looks at the reasons behind the rise of the Rolleis, at the causes of their eventual decline, and at some of the well-known photographers who relied on them in the course of their professional careers. It's a guide to everything you could wish to know about the cameras themselves, plus a fascinating insight into the history of the Rollei brand. The lenses and shutters fitted to the various models are also covered, along with invaluable advice for anyone thinking of buying a Rollei—whether they be collectors or users. The Classic Rollei is an indispensable guide to these world-famous cameras and will interest everyone keen to learn more about photography at the height of the roll-film era.

Hardcover: 352 pages

Publisher: Ammonite Press (October 1, 2010)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1906672938

ISBN-13: 978-1906672935

Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.5 x 1.2 inches

Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)

Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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Printed on heavy paper and richly illustrated I found this book to be worth every penny I paid for it. While there have been numerous books written on Rollei cameras, several of which I own, this one is by far the most complete and informative that I've ever read. Not only does it cover the historical significance of the Rollei with a wealth of detailed information on the various models, lenses, shutters etc., it also covers the accessories. While I'm not a collector, I find the information invaluable. Mr. Phillips has done an extraordinary job as one would expect from the title "A Definitive Guide". As a Rollei user/lover I would highly recommend this for anyone that already owns a Rollei or anyone looking to purchase one of these excellent cameras. Thank you Mr. Phillips for your love and passion for the Rollei and for bringing us this book.

I am a Rolleiflex aficionado and have a nice library of books on Rollei TLR's. John Philip's book is without question the best, most thorough and accurate book ever written on the subject. If I could have only one book on Rollei TLR's, this would be it. It is a fantastic work and Mr. Phillips should be congratulated for producing such a fine book.

I started collecting and using film cameras about a year ago. The interesting design and build quality of two Rollei 35's I bought got my thinking about the Rollei TLRs but had zero knowledge about them. This is the perfect book for learning about the Rollei TLRs. Very high quality printing and construction. Very detailed and easy to find information on every Rollei TLR, lots of nicely done photographs. Also helpful sections, like how to buy a Rollei TLR including what to check out when looking one over, lens tests, exploded views, accessories explained, and a detailed index. If you want to learn about the Rollei TLRs I highly recommend this book.

This is a wonderful book on everything Rollei, specifically the TLR. I re-discovered this wonderful camera when I had my father's 1959 Rolleiflex TLR repaired and adjusted. I took my first roll of 120 and was just stunned by the results. This prompted me to read about Rollei's history and about my model in particular. The book is hardcover, printed on very nice glossy pages. This volume is very thorough on every camera model and accessory. This is definitely a book in my permanent collection. I was first hesitant about purchasing this book, thinking I can just get this information on the internet. Was I wrong! This book is worth every penny. It contains so much information and detail that it would be very hard to get just searching on the internet. Thank you to Mr. Phillips for taking so much effort to compile this information! This is a very important work that proves the Rollei is indeed a classic.

Very detailed articles for each models and accessories for Rollei TLR cameras. I found the camera identification flow chart at the end of the book very useful. Highly recommended.

Awesome book! I would recomend this book to anyone who is in the process if buying a Rollei. It is a must have.

This is the best reference guide for Rolleiflex out there. It appears to be a complete reference and if you're an enthusiast, your library would have a gaping hole if not for this book.

A very complete history with excellent photos and diagrams of all Rollei twin-lens models. I especially wanted info on the Rolleiflex T, and was pleased with the thorough coverage.

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