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Solida I, Solida II, Solida IIR, Solida IIL, Solida III, Rolfix I, Rolfix II, Bonafix, Super Frankarette 

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The Franka-Kamerawerk in Bayreuth was in its time the biggest camera factory in the Bavarian region of Oberfranken (Upper Frankonia).

In 1958 the company reached its peak with 154 employees and production of 650,000 cameras.

(4220 cameras a year per worker which averages approximately one camera per person every 30 minutes) 

Franka-Werk Bayreuth logo

(Click on blue-bordered pictures to see photographs taken with that camera. As yet not all cameras have pictures.)

The cameras are shown here in chronological order:

1951 Bonafix

S-K Radionar 2765760 dates this to September 1951

 
(no pictures taken with this camera yet)
thumbnail: 1951 Franka Bonafix with Radionar lens
1952 Rolfix  Mk1

Rodenstock Trinar 2575168 dates this to April 1952

 
(no pictures taken with this camera yet)
thumbnail: 1952 Franka Rolfix II with Rodenstock Trinar lens

1952 Rolfix  Mk2

Rodenstock Trinar 2576604 dates this to April 1952

link : Rolfix II Mk2 gallery

portfolio of 7 photographs

 

1952 Rolfix with Trinar lens and enclosed viewfinder 
 

1952 Solida III

S-K Radionar 3152427 dates this to September 1952
 

(no pictures taken with this camera yet)

thumbnail: 1952 Franka Solida III with S-K Radionar lens
 
1952 Solida III

with Schneider-Kreuzach 80mm f2.9 Radionar lens

lens s/n 3406253 dates this to December 1952

thumbnail: Stow Fen sunset

portfolio of 7 photographs including 1 panorama

 

thumbnail: 1952 Franka Solida III with S-K Radionar lens

 

1953 Solida III

with Rodenstock 80mm f2.9 Trinar lens

lens s/n 2709037 dates this to 1953

thumbnail: Crummock Water from Loweswater Fell

portfolio of 7 photographs including 3 panoramas

 

thumbnail: 1953 Franka Solida III with Rodenstock Trinar lens 
 

1954 Solida IIR

with 75mm f3.5 Enna Ennagon 25561

the Prontor SVS shutter dates this to 1954 

thumbnail: Loweswater Fells from Holme Beck

portfolio of 3 panoramas

 

thumbnail: 1954 Franka Solida IIR with Ennagon lens
 
1956 Solida I

with 75mm f5.6 Franka lens

no serial number but the lens style dates this to 1956-57

(no pictures taken with this camera yet)

thumbnail:  Franka Solida I with f5.6 Franka lens

1957 Super Frankarette

S-K Xenar 4985383 dates this to January 1957

thumbnail: merle collie Cassie lying down with her ball

portfolio of 14 photographs

thumbnail: 1957 Franka Super Frankarette 

1957 Solida IIR

with 75mm f3.5 Ennagon lens 502371

new style lens and EV scale

 (no pictures taken with this camera yet)
thumbnail: 1957 Franka Solida IIR with Ennagon lens

1957 Solida IIL

S-K Xenar 5159810 dates this to June 1957

thumbnail: Wasdale Head from the Burnmoor path

portfolio of 14 photographs including 5 panoramas

 

thumbnail: 1957 Franka Solida IIL with Xenar lens
 

1957 Rolfix

S-K Radionar 4768455 dates this to October 1957
 

(no pictures taken with this camera yet)

 

thumbnail: 1957 Franka Rolfix with Radionar lens 

 

The Franka factory was sold to Wirgin in 1962. Production ended in 1966.

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Read the history of Franka-Kamerawerk and see the full range of their cameras here:  http://camerapedia.wikia.com/wiki/Franka

See photographs by Ral M of Portugal using his IIR with Ennagon here:  http://camarasclassicas.blogspot.com/2010/11/franka-solida.html

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