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    All of the TLR's are made in Germany. The little Rollei 35's are mostly made in Singapore, but originally in Germany. I have several SL35's, which are branded Rolleiflex, and one is made in Germany, the others in Singapore.
    Many of the lenses that fitted the later Rollei 35mm SLR's were made in Japan by Mamiya, but used Voigtlander names as Rollei and Voigtlander had joined forces by then.

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    I think the Seiko shutter of the GX was made in Japan. The SL66 was never made in Singapur, but some SLX were.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tony lockerbie View Post
    All of the TLR's are made in Germany. The little Rollei 35's are mostly made in Singapore, but originally in Germany. I have several SL35's, which are branded Rolleiflex, and one is made in Germany, the others in Singapore.
    Many of the lenses that fitted the later Rollei 35mm SLR's were made in Japan by Mamiya, but used Voigtlander names as Rollei and Voigtlander had joined forces by then.
    I don't think the small 35mm ones are named Rolleiflex. They are Rollei 35 (pronounced like roll-eye, but the R should be pronounced the German way).

    The SLR was called Rolleiflex.

    See here: https://www.google.gr/search?q=rolle...w=1600&bih=883

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    I have never known what the connection between Rolleiflex and Honeywell was. Some of the prisms say Honeywell... which is USA I think. (?)

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    Honeywell was a US importer for overseas cameras. Some imported models were marketed under the Honeywell brand.

    But that was not a one-way-street. The electronics campany not only imported cameras but also handed out own design, such as for a electronic flashlight that was manufactured and marketed by Rollei.
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    I have two Rollei 35s. One is an original 1966 model from Germany. The other is a Singapore model. I think that some of the early postwar Rolleiflex cameras had bodies made in West Germany and lenses from East Germany.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dpurdy View Post
    I have never known what the connection between Rolleiflex and Honeywell was. Some of the prisms say Honeywell... which is USA I think. (?)
    So does the prism on my Pentax H1a. You'll see Canons marked "Bell & Howell", too. In fact I seem to recall at least one Canon-made body - and some lenses - that said B&H only, no reference to the manufacturer except the small "Made in Japan" markings. In each case, the US company was the importer/marketer.

    The mercury-switched thermostat on my wall was made by Honeywell in the US, probably 1960s.

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    My 2.8F is mid 1970s "Honeywell" era; it reads "Honeywell" on the flip-up finder. Of course that camera and its lenses were made in Germany.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tony lockerbie View Post
    All of the TLR's are made in Germany. The little Rollei 35's are mostly made in Singapore, but originally in Germany. I have several SL35's, which are branded Rolleiflex, and one is made in Germany, the others in Singapore.
    Many of the lenses that fitted the later Rollei 35mm SLR's were made in Japan by Mamiya, but used Voigtlander names as Rollei and Voigtlander had joined forces by then.
    My late Father had various Rollei 35mm gear in the mid-1970's, which was around the time some production moved to Singapore ; at the time Dixons (IIRC?) were doing good deals, as though there might have been surplus stocks or similar.

    His little Rollei 35 was definitely made in Singapore, the lens "Tessar made by Rollei". He also has 2 Rolleiflex SL35's, made in Singapore, the lenses 50mm 1.8, "Planar made by Rollei". But the wide angle and longer lenses were "Carl Zeiss, made in W. Germany", and the more specialist bits like extension tubes and bellows were "West Germany".

    The SL35 bodies and lenses were the quality expected from Rollei, but the spec. was a bit dated even at the time, no interchangeable finders, motor drives, etc., and the camera bodies themselves seemed of quite lightweight construction. I'm fairly sure that he eventually sold the outfit in favour of more versatile and sturdy Nikon gear.

    (Sorry,this is all a bit OT for the original question, but hopefully of interest).
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    Quote Originally Posted by snapguy View Post
    Vas is los? I've owned two Rolleiflexes -- one I got in 1956 and the other one (60 years old) I just recently got. I have always kept an eye on the 'Flexes and do not believe any were made anywhere but Germany. I do have a Yashicamat that some people say has lenses made in Germany and some say they were German designs made in Japan.
    I used to knew Terry Donovan the fashion photographer who used to say that all his Rolleiflexes given a coat of grey paint at the beginning of each September would gang up and invade Poland !
    Ben

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