Braunschweig, Lower Saxony, and maker of the Rolleiflex and Rolleicord series of cameras. Later products included specialty and nostalgic type films for the photo hobbyist market. After being purchased in 1995 by Samsung Techwin, part of the South Korean Samsung Group, it rolleiflex sl35 service manual sold back to its internal management in 1999.
Following another restructuring in 2007, Rollei was split into three companies. Heidecke GmbH, Feinmechanik und Optik declared itself insolvent. As of 2015 the brands “Rollei” and “Rolleiflex” continue to be owned by the RCP Technik Verwaltungs GmbH. KG to market digital consumer cameras and accessories under the “Rollei” label in Europe. Rollei was a German company that established a worldwide reputation with the Rolleiflex, a twin-lens reflex camera.
Heidecke in order to make a twin-lens reflex camera. KG in 1981, and finally to Rollei GmbH in 2004. The frequent name-changes are an indication of a turbulent history: After the popularity of the twin lens reflex cameras declined, the Rolleiflex was supplemented with a variety of models. The company expanded its production facilities and product range at the end of the 1960s beyond what a small company like Rollei could manage. Rollei cameras typically used Carl Zeiss or Schneider Kreuznach lenses, as well as lenses manufactured by Rollei based on designs by Zeiss, and occasionally lenses made by Japanese manufacturers.
While Reinhold Heidecke was working as a production manager at Voigtländer in Braunschweig around 1916, he got the idea to manufacture a new type of roll-film camera. However, the company rejected his proposal because they thought there would be problems keeping the film perfectly flat. Franke was so enthusiastic he put up 75,000 M of his own money and went looking for more capital. After he secured additional funding of 200,000 M, they resolved to go into business together. Heidecke”, which was entered into the German Trade Register on 1 February 1920. In need of factory space, they rented several rooms in a house at Viewegstraße 32, which became the companies first headquarters. The house survived World War II intact and stands to this day.
Other rooms in the house were used by a dancing school, who had to abandon their dancing lessons because of noise from the factory. Within a year, Franke and Heidecke had taken over the entire building. To get the company going, Franke and Heidecke decided to manufacture a stereo camera in the short term. Cameras of this type were popular, and Reinhold Heidecke was very familiar with them. As they were also in Voigtländer’s product range, however, Franke and Heidecke did not want to look as if they were simply copying theirs. The Heidoscop was a great success, exceeding all expectations.