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Rolleiflex 4x4 "Baby" Models  (updated 2 January 2014)

In 1931 Rollei introduced  a TLR that used 127 film.  The negative size was 1 5/8" x 1 5/8" or about 4x4 cm.  These cameras were known as the Baby Rolleiflexes  In 1957 a Grey model was reintroduced which is the most common one found today.

I've used a Grey Baby Rolleiflex since 1982 or so and I love them.  Getting 127 film now is very difficult to do.  As of January 2014 there is no 127 B&W film being made anywhere in the world.  EFKE is out of business and some old stock is available on eBay at very high prices.  Frugal Photographer makes one colour negative film (re-spooled Kodak Portra 160 46mm):

 

Efke R100

http://www.fotokemika.hr/details/35/0/black-white-films/120-127

Efke's web site is still up but the plant is long closed.

Efke IR820 127

http://www.fotokemika.hr/details/46/0/black-white-films/120-127

 

The Frugal Photographer Bluefire Murano 160

http://www.frugalphotographer.com/cat127.htm

http://www.bluemooncamera.com/inventory.php?menuID=4&catID=500&deptID=545

 

Rollei/Agfa has a 127 color negative film out  that is reverse wound for a defused look called Nightbird.  Cost is $16 per roll.  Very pricy!

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/search?atclk=Format_127&ci=2545&N=4294548524+4130468171

For B&W film you will have to re-spool your own,  Ilford made 46mm long rolls of HP-5 Plus film for their annual ULF film program in 2013.  Here's a great tutorial by The Frugal Photographer on re-spooling 46mm film in 127 rolls:

 

http://www.frugalphotographer.com/Publications/Re-spooling%20127%20film.pdf

 

 

Problems with 127 Film in a Rolleiflex 4x4

There have been reports that some 127 film on the new plastic spools jamming in a Baby Rollei.  I have had some problems.  What I do is to use only METAL take up spools in my Baby Rollei. I have salvaged about a dozen metal spools and I save them as I do my own developing.  If you send out your film make sure you tell the lab you want your 127 spool back!

I buy old 127 film on Ebay just to get the metal 127 spools!

Frugal Photographer has a page discussing this here.

Note:  The Frugal Photographer's Bluefire Murano 160 colour negative film uses newly made 127 plastic spools that DO NOT bind in the grey Baby Rolleiflex!

 

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Rolleiflex 4x4 Models

Models    
   
Model 1 60mm f/3.5 Tessar 1/300 Top Speed 1931
Model 2 60mm f/3.5 Tessar 1/500 Top Speed 1934
Model 1 60mm f/2.8 Tessar 1/300 Top Speed 1931
Model 2 60mm f/2.8 Tessar 1/500 Top Speed 1934
Model 3    
War Model   1942?
1957 Grey   1957-1961
1963 Black   1963-1968

Serial Numbers

The exact serial numbers are not fully known.  Different experts quote different models and serial numbers.  Here's what I have been able to come up with so far (Source: Peter Rongsted)

Start S/N   End S/N   Production Start End Model Prochnow Parker Evans
1 125,000 * 145,100 * 6,200 March 1931 Jan 1933   Rolleiflex 4x4 3,5 model 1 Baby 4x4 1931 Rolleiflex 3.5 Original Baby
2 125,000 * 145,000 * 3,300 July 1931 Jan 1933   Rolleiflex 4x4 2,8 model 1 Baby 4x4 1931 Rolleiflex 2.8 Original Baby
3 127,000   523,000   300 Feb 1933 Dec 1934   Rolleiflex 4x4 3,5 model 2 Baby 4x4 1934 Rolleiflex Black Baby (type 1)
4 150,000 * 154,999 * 1,680 Feb 1933 Dec 1934   Rolleiflex 4x4 2,8 model 2 Baby 4x4 1933 Rolleiflex Black Baby (type 2)
5 150,000 * 154,999 *         Rolleiflex 4x4 3,5 model ? Baby 4x4 1933 Rolleiflex Black Baby (type 1)
6 155,000 * 523,000           Rolleiflex 4x4 2,8 model 2 Baby 4x4 1934 Rolleiflex Black Baby (type 2)
7 155,000 * 524,999 * 3,100 Dec 1934 Jan 1938   Rolleiflex 4x4 2,8 model 3 Baby 4x4 1937 Rolleiflex Black Baby (type 4)
8 155,000 * 523,000   140 Dec 1934 Jun 1936   Rolleiflex 4x4 3,5 model 3 Baby 4x4 1937 Rolleiflex Black Baby (type 3)
9 622,000   734,999 * 2,174 Feb 1938 Feb 1941   Rolleiflex 4x4 2,8 model 4 "Sports Rolleiflex" Baby 4x4 1938 Rolleiflex Sports Rolleiflex
10 850,000   850,999 * 500 1941 1944   Rolleiflex 4x4 2,8 War model? Type 2 Baby 4x4 1938 Rolleiflex Sports Rolleiflex
11 2,000,001   2,064,999   63,250 Jul 1957 Apr 1963 K5 Rolleiflex 4x4 grau Baby 4x4 1957 Grey Rolleiflex Grey Baby
12 2,064,000   2,069,120   4,930 May 1963 Mar 1968 K5 Rolleiflex 4x4 schwarz Baby 4x4 1963 Black Rolleiflex Post-war Black Baby
                     
        85,574            
Source: Peter Rongsted                

Clearly, the most common model is the Baby Grey of 1957 with 63,250 units made.

Service

I have had my Baby Rollei serviced by Marflex.  They did a wonderful job.

Marflex

39 Highway 46, Suite 803

P.O.Box 422

Pine Brook, NJ 07058, Tel. 973-808-9626

 

Ross Yerkes has also serviced a Baby Rollei for me and did a great job.

Ross Yerkes Camera Repair

342 Kirby Street Los Angeles, CA 90042

Telephone (323) 256-1018

 

If you want to re-cover your Baby Rollei,  CameraLeather.com has re-cover kits that are very good.

www.cameraleather.com

 

Using the Baby Rollei

I currently use my Baby to take pictures!    Read this to find out more on using the Baby 4x4.

Accessories

Rollei made a lot of accessories for the Baby 4x4.  Here's a list of them from the 1957 price list:

Baby Rollei Price List April 1957  
   
1957 CODE Description Price
VYBAX Rolleiflex 4x4 Xenar $133.65
BERVY Everready Case $11.55
VYOBE Lens Hood $4.95
BAUNE Rolleinar Lens, set 1 (40-18") $14.95
BADOS Rolleinar Lens, set 2 (20-12") $14.95
   
BAIHE Light Yellow $4.95
BAIMI Medium Yellow $4.95
BALIN Light Green $4.95
BAEEN Green $4.95
BAORA Orange $4.95
BAUBI Light Red $4.95
BABLA Light Blue $4.95
BAFIR Infrared $4.95
BASKY UV-protective $4.95
BAHAZ H 1-filter (UV filter for Daylight Color Film) $4.95
   
   
BARWO R 2 red colored $6.95
BARFU R 5 red colored $6.95
BAREL R 11 red colored $6.95
BAWOB B 2  blue colored $6.95
BAFUB B 5 blue colored $6.95
BAELB B 11 blue colored $6.95
BATAR Rolleipol Polarising  $16.95
BATNU Rolleisoft Diffusion Disk 0 $8.95
BATON Rolleisoft Diffusion Disk 1 $8.95
   
VYCOM Leatherr case  contating 1 lens hood,  2 sets Rolleinar lenses and your choice of 5 filters $59.95
VYLEE Leather case as above without contents $5.95
VYSET Leather case containing:  1 lens hood and your choice of 2 filters $14.85
VYSOF Leather case as above, without contents $2.95
ETSIX Leather case containing 6 color conversion filters $39.95
ETVER Leather cas as above, without contents $3.95
BASYN Rolleiflash Attachmanet $24.95
BOXIN Boxin Case for  1 Rolleiflash + 1 Rollei comb. $4.50
CEKAB Extention Cord  foe Flash-Attachment 10 ft. $2.75
FLACO Extention Flashholder Rolleiflash comb. with  connecting cord 80" $14.95
TRIKA Extension Cord for Rolleiflashcomb. 10 ft $2.75
BLIKA Flash Connecting Cord  32" $2.00
FOFIX RolleiFix tripodhead $5.95
FOEAD Pannorama Head $13.95
   
Listed in Owners Manual May 1957  
VYGUZ Sholder Pad for Neckstrap  
   
Listed in Owner's Manual November 1967  
Metal Eveready case  
Rolleilux  (Lens hood + exposure meter)  
Rolleinar Lenses Set 3 (12.5 -9.5")  
 R1 red color  
B1 blue color  
Rolleiflash 2 attachment  
Rolleiflash comb. 2 Attachment  
Carrying Case for Rolleiflash  
10 ft. Extention cord for Rolleiflash 2  
32" Cord for Rolleiflash 2  
Colied cord 1'/3' for Rolleiflash 2  
Connector for 2 cords  
Rollei Micro-Tube  
Rollei Micro-Prism  
Rollei Pistol Grip  
   
Accessories Not Listed  
Replacement Strap  
+3 to -3 Magnifiers for faulty vision  

 

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