The Pentacon Six System
The History of the Pentacon Six
Reflex Korelle III
The Reflex Korelle III
from about 1939
The Korelle III looks strikingly different from the previous
Reflex-Korelles, which were covered with black leatherette, apart from
a shiny chrome trim. The Model III, however, has a satin chrome finish
to “the whole of the camera top, including the reflex hood cover” (“The
Korelle Guide”, p 14). This model added the top speed of 1/1000,
and changed the lens mount to a 56mm diameter bayonet (55mm, according
to “The Korelle Guide”, p 14). This permitted the use of “extra long
focal length lenses” (“The Korelle Guide”, p 14) without vignetting.
Dallmeyer and other lens manufacturers produced long-focus lenses in this
However, in 1938 Herr Kochmann, who was threatened by
the Nazi régime because of his Jewish faith, had to emigrate from
Germany and the government required that the company be transferred to
a different owner. From the middle of 1940, the government required
the new owner to cease camera manufacture and to use the factory instead
to produce materials for the armaments industry. The factory was
totally destroyed in the bombing of Dresden on the night of 13th/14th February
|A Japanese version
Various other manufacturers made cameras that were very
closely inspired by the Reflex-Korelle. Among them was Tayodo Koki
Co., who made a camera that they called the “Reflex Beauty”. Certain
details of the design of the flip-up waist level finder lead one to believe
that this camera was produced after 1948, when illustrations of prototypes
of the Hasselblad were first published. (The Hasselblad camera that
subsequently became known as the 1600F first reached the market in significant
numbers in 1950 – see Nordin pp 20-23.)
Inspired by the Reflex Korelle?
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10 British copies of the Reflex-Korelle:
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