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's web site is still up but the plant is long closed.
Efke IR820 127
The Frugal Photographer Bluefire Murano 160
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!
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:
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!
Rolleiflex 4x4 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|
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|
|Source: Peter Rongsted|
Clearly, the most common model is the Baby Grey of 1957 with 63,250 units made.
I have had my Baby Rollei serviced by Marflex. They did a wonderful job.
39 Highway 46, Suite 803
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.
Using the Baby Rollei
I currently use my Baby to take pictures! Read this to find out more on using the Baby 4x4.
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|
|VYBAX||Rolleiflex 4x4 Xenar||$133.65|
|BAUNE||Rolleinar Lens, set 1 (40-18")||$14.95|
|BADOS||Rolleinar Lens, set 2 (20-12")||$14.95|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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 Pistol Grip|
|Accessories Not Listed|
|+3 to -3 Magnifiers for faulty vision|
Last Updated: 01/29/2014