Franke & Heidecke had announced the Rolleiflex Gold Edition at Photokina 2008 and planned to release it this year, to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the twin-lens reflex (TLR) camera’s debut in 1929. But due to recent financial problems, it was unsure whether this special edition would see the light of the day. But thanks to a German retailer called Spürsinn this camera is all set to become a reality. The specialist retailer is now taking orders for the Rolleiflex Gold Edition. A collector’s edition, it comprises of a Rolleiflex 4.0 FW with a Schneider Super Angulon 4,0/50 mm HFT, a Rolleiflex 2.8 FX with a Zeiss Planar 2,8/80 mm HFT and a Rolleiflex 4.0 FT with a Schneider Tele-Xenar 4,0/135 mm HFT, all gilded in 14-carat gold. The three gilded TLRs will come in an exclusive package.
The made to order camera will include an exclusive illustrated book in which every stage of the manufacturing will be documented. Priced at a whopping €29,500 ($38,500) including 19% VAT, the presentation box with all three cameras will be delivered free of charge worldwide personally by the management of Spürsinn.