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Franke & Heidecke?
Old 12-17-2009   #1
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Franke & Heidecke?

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Does anybody know if the firm is still alive? Yes they have a web site, but no recent input?

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Old 12-17-2009   #2
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They folded a few months back.

EDIT: Sorry, that reads a little curt. Google "Franke & Heidecke" and you'll get a lot of information.
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Old 12-17-2009   #3
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I read somewhere that the company will survive in some form, but the press announcement was fairly vague. Sounds like former employees will keep the company going, but staff will reduce etc etc. Sorry I don't have a link.
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They ceased operations in September, I believe. Very sad.
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Cosina may buy the Rollei name...
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Old 12-17-2009   #6
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Old 12-18-2009   #7
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Ok, so there went my changes to get a Rolleiflex 3003 repaired? Doh! But what about that DHW Fototechnik? Is it up to the task? No faintest clue..
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Old 12-18-2009   #8
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Cosina may buy the Rollei name...
Rollei was long acquired by Trimble, maker of world-leading GPS receivers...the professional kind.

Trimble had also acquired Applnnix, a Canadian IMU company; and Inpho, a German photogrammetric software developer...

Leica Geosystem [different company from Leica "Solmes", and owned by Hexagon of Sweden since 2006] had soon declared war on Trimble...because Trimble dares to compete in the aerial imaging systems and "metrology" business.

Leica Geosystems was formerly Wild-Heerbrugg (until 1991), whose real owner was the Schmidheiny family, that also owned E. Leitz Co. of Wetzler. The brand name change [and the buying and selling behind it] was a convoluted way of bypassing EU tariff [another long story] that would favour Zeiss [Oberkochen] products, also in the aerial imaging and photogrammetry business, then.

Heinrich Wild was originally a Zeiss engineer, founded the Wild company located at Heerbrugg (near Zurich), having secured investments from Schmidheiny...ca. 1925.

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Ok, so there went my changes to get a Rolleiflex 3003 repaired? Doh! But what about that DHW Fototechnik? Is it up to the task? No faintest clue..
Where are you? There are quite a few competent Rollei techs around the world that I'm sure can fix your camera.
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I exchanged emails with Rollei a couple of weeks ago;they confirmed that they are still producing the 3x TLR cameras (2.8FX.,4.0FW., and 4.0FT)
I have also asked about accessories and am waiting to hear back.
They are bunch of survivors - I wish them well for the future.
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Where are you? There are quite a few competent Rollei techs around the world that I'm sure can fix your camera.
In Europe, do you know anyone in northern Europe or Germany, I´m not willing to send the camera overseas?

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Old 12-22-2009   #12
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In Europe, do you know anyone in northern Europe or Germany, I´m not willing to send the camera overseas?

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Try this person:

Mr. Jürgen Kuschnik
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URL: http://www.jurgenkuschnik.com

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