The Pentacon Six System
by TRA

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), and likewise to the lens board at the front of the camera.  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 mount.

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 1945.


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: The Agiflex

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© TRA August 2010 Minor revision (additional information): December 2017