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Editor Ferdi Stutterheim

Rolleiflex 2.8 F 1268, Photo F.W. Stutterheim
Photograph of a Rolleiflex 2.8 F. The so called ‘White-face’ around the Carl Zeiss Planar 1:2.8 f=80 mm taking lens is clearly visible. The flash synchro switch is set at electronic flash.
Photo ©2020  F.W. Stutterheim

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Rolleiflex 2.8 A

Start at № End at № Number
made
Produced Name according to Prochnow
Particulars1
Taking Lens Name acc. to Parker Name acc. to Evans
1,101,000 1,116,999 7870 1949-1951 Rolleiflex 2,8 A
Compur-Rapid X CR0 shutter 1/400s,
X-synchronization.
6×6 cm single format back.
CZJ Tessar
Opton Tessar
Rolleiflex 2.8A Type 1 Rolleiflex 2.8A (type 1)
1,117,000 1,164,999 Rolleiflex 2,8 A
Compur-Rapid X CR0 shutter 1/400s,
X-synchronization.
Fit for Rolleikin II without modification.
1,201,000 1,204,999 2000 1951 Rolleiflex 2,8 A
Compur-Rapid MX CR0 shutter 1/500s,
MX-synchronization.
Fit for Rolleikin II. Pressure plate with
settings for 6×6 cm and 24×36 mm.
Opton Tessar Rolleiflex 2.8A Type 2 Rolleiflex 2.8A (type 2)

Common Particulars: Bayonet II filter mount. When № 1,100,000 - 1,164.999 first left the factory all were fitted with pre-World War II CZJ 2.8/80 mm Tessars. Cameras were recalled to have the East-German CJZ Tessars replaced for West-German OPTON Tessars. Not all cameras were returned. Note that only a small portion of the available serial numbers were used. The 4-element wide aperture f/2.8 Tessar was quickly replaced for the CZJ Biometar and shortly later the the Schneider Xenotar and the CZ Planar. All three 5-elements optics.
Factory upgrade: Compur-Rapid X to MX.

Rolleiflex 2.8 B

Start at № End at № Number
made
Produced Name according to Prochnow
Particulars
Taking Lens Name acc. to Parker Name acc. to Evans
1,220,000 1,220,999 1250 1952-1953 Rolleiflex 2,8 B CZJ Biometar Rolleiflex 2.8B Rolleiflex 2.8B (type 1)
1,260,000 1,260,249 1953 Rolleiflex 2,8 B
Groove in tripod plate for Rolleifix.
CZJ Biometar Rolleiflex 2.8B Rolleiflex 2.8B (type 2)

Common Particulars: Bayonet III filter mount. Compur-Rapid MX CR0 shutter, 1/500s, M and X synchronisation. Fit for Rolleikin II. Counter and rewind knobs not factory fitted.

Rolleiflex 2.8 C

Start at № End at № Number
made
Produced Name according to Prochnow
Particulars
Taking Lens Name acc. to Parker Name acc. to Evans
1,260,250 1,285,999 30150 1954-1955 Rolleiflex 2,8 C
From No. 1,267,000 groove in
tripod plate for Rolleifix.
CZ Planar Rolleiflex 2.8C Rolleiflex 2.8C (type 1)
1,292,000 1,299,9992 1952-1955 Rolleiflex 2,8 C Schneider Xenotar Rolleiflex 2.8C Rolleiflex 2.8C (type 1)
1,400,000 1,475,405 1952-1955 Rolleiflex 2,8 C Schneider Xenotar
CZ Planar3
Rolleiflex 2.8C Rolleiflex 2.8C (type 2)

Common Particulars: Bayonet III filter mount. Synchro-Compur MXV CR0 shutter, M and X synchronisation, delayed action. Rolleikin counter and rewind knobs fitted. From this model: Multi-exposure protection.

Rolleiflex 2.8 D

Start at № End at № Number
made
Produced Name according to Prochnow
Particulars
Taking Lens Name acc. to Parker Name acc. to Evans
1,600,000 1,620,100 20100 1955-1956 Rolleiflex 2,8 D CZ Planar
Schneider Xenotar
Rolleiflex 2.8D Rolleiflex 2.8D

Common Particulars: Bayonet III filter mount. Exposure Value System, aperture wheel and shutter speed wheel coupled or uncoupled with push button to disconnect. Synchro-Compur MXV CR0 shutter, M and X synchronisation, delayed action. Rolleikin counter and rewind knobs fitted.From this model flash socket with Rolleilock connector.

Rolleiflex 2.8 E and E2

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made
Produced Name according to Prochnow
Particulars
Taking Lens Name acc. to Parker Name acc. to Evans
1,621,000 1,663,999 44000 1956-1959 Rolleiflex 2,8 E
Glass focusing screen.
Delivered with or without 2-range uncoupled
Se exposure meter. Meter could be added by
the user afterwards.
Delivered with Rolleikin counter and rewind knobs.
From № 1,630,751: when fitted, exposure meter
with ‘0’ calibration.
Serial number on Rolleiflex name shield.
CZ Planar
Schneider Xenotar
Rolleiflex 2.8E Rolleiflex 2.8E
1,664,000 1,664,999 Rolleiflex 2,8 E
Plastic Bright focusing screen.
Delivered with or without 2-range uncoupled
Se exposure meter. Meter could be added by
the user afterwards.
Delivered with Rolleikin counter and rewind knobs.
Serial number on Rolleiflex name shield.
E2 2,350,000 E2 2,356,999 7000 1959-1960 Rolleiflex 2,8 E2
Second detachable viewfinder hood,
plastic Bright focusing screen.
Optional 2-range uncoupled Se exposure meter.
Prepared for Flat Glass (3-way back needed).
Delivered without Rolleikin counter and rewind
knobs.
Serial number under focusing lens.
CZ Planar
Schneider Xenotar
Rolleiflex 2.8E 2 Rolleiflex 2.8 E2

Common Particulars: Bayonet III filter mount. Exposure Value System. Aperture wheel and shutter speed wheel coupled or uncoupled with push button. Rolleikin counter and rewind knobs fitted. Synchro-Compur MXV CR0 shutter. M and X synchronisation, delayed action.

Rolleiflex 2.8 F 1274, Photo F.W. Stutterheim
Photograph of Rolleiflex 2.8 F ‘Whiteface’. The camera with #2478095 shows the so called ‘ear’ under the frame counter window, indicating the film transport is capable of 24 exposures, but it lacks the 12/24 switch.
Photo ©2020  F.W. Stutterheim

Rolleiflex E3 and 2.8 F

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made
Produced Name according to Prochnow
Particulars
Taking Lens Name acc. to Parker Name acc. to Evans
E3 2,360,000 E3 2,362,024 2025 1962-1965 Rolleiflex 2,8 E3
F model, without coupled exposure meter.
Optional 2-range exposure meter.
Flat Glass.
CZ Planar
Schneider Xenotar
Rolleiflex 2.8E 3 Rolleiflex 2.8 E3
2,8 F 2,400,000 2,8 F 2,442,133 75000 1960-1966 Rolleiflex 2,8 F
m or ft scales.
From 2,8 F 2,437,000 (mid 1964):
m and ft scales.
Flat Glass.
CZ Planar
Schneider Xenotar4
Rolleiflex 2.8F Rolleiflex 2.8F (type 1/2)
2,8 F 2,442,134 2,8 F 2,454,999 1966-1967 Rolleiflex 2,8 F
Flat Glass.
12/24 exp.
CZ Planar Rolleiflex 2.8F Rolleiflex 2.8F (type 1/2)
2,8 F 2,455,000 2,8 F 2,475,999 1967-1971 Rolleiflex 2,8 F
12/24 exp.
From mid 1971: ‘White-face’5.
CZ Planar Rolleiflex 2.8F type 2 Rolleiflex 2.8F (type 1/2)
2,8 F 2,476,000 2,8 F 2,479,999 1971-1973 Rolleiflex 2,8 F
12/24 exp.
Flat film pressure plate, revised film-gate.
From mid 1971: ‘White-face’.
CZ Planar Rolleiflex 2.8F type 26 Rolleiflex 2.8F (type 1/2)
2,8 F 2,950,000 2,8 F 2,984,999 7800 1973-1981 Rolleiflex 2,8 F
12/24 exp.
Flat film pressure plate, revised film-gate.
‘White-face’
Schneider Xenotar
CZ Planar
Rolleiflex 2.8F type 47 Rolleiflex 2.8F (type 2)
2,8 F 8,300,001 2,8 F 8,301,500 1500 1983 Rolleiflex 2,8 F Aurum8
Bare metal parts guilded.
Schneider Xenotar Rolleiflex 2.8F Aurum Rolleiflex 2.8F Aurum
2,8 F 2,985,001 2,8 F 2,985,500 500 1984-1985 Rolleiflex 2,8 F Edition 1984 Platin9
001/500 - 500/500
CZ Planar HFT Rolleiflex 2.8F Platin Rolleiflex 2.8F Platin Edition

Common Particulars: Bayonet III filter mount. Single range exposure meter mechanically coupled to both shutter and aperture (except for E3). Fit for Rolleikin but counter and rewind knobs not factory fitted. Synchro-Compur MXV CR0 shutter, M and X synchronisation, delayed action. Engravings on deliveries to Eastern Europe: ‘OPTON Pl 2.8/80 mm Oberkochen’ instead of Carl Zeiss and Planar.
Factory upgrade: New body side with 12/24 frames switch.

Rolleiflex 2.8 GX 1251, Photo F.W. Stutterheim
Photograph of Rolleiflex 2.8 GX Model 1.
Photo ©2020  F.W. Stutterheim

Rolleiflex 2.8 GX Model 1 Series

Produced from Produced until Number Name Taking Lens Particulars
08/1987 03/1994 10,200 Rolleiflex 2.8 GX
Model 1, Black Series
Rollei Planar 2.8/80 HFT Coded Serial Number
Synchro-Compur X CR0 shutter,
X-synchronization.
Aperture scale from 2.8 to 22
shutter speeds scale from 500 - 1, B
From 1989 chrome ring around flash socket.
From 03/1991 chrome frame around ISO
memory compartment on the back.
1989 1989 1,500 Rolleiflex 2.8 GX
Model 1, 60 Years Rolleiflex Edition
Special Series
Rollei Planar 2.8/80 HFT Coded Serial Number.
Synchro-Compur X CR0 shutter
Aperture scale from 2.8 to 22
shutter speeds scale from 500 - 1, B
12/1991 1992 500 Rolleiflex 2.8 GX
Model 1, Helmut Newton Edition
Special Series
Rollei Planar 2.8/80 HFT Coded Serial Number.
Synchro-Compur X CR0 shutter
Aperture scale from 2.8 to 22
shutter speeds scale from 500 - 1, B
03/1994 01/1995 500 Rolleiflex 2.8 GX
Model 1, Expression 94 Special Series
Rollei Planar 2.8/80 HFT Coded Serial Number.
Synchro-Compur X CR0 shutter
Aperture scale from 2.8 to 22
shutter speeds scale from 500 - 1, B
05/1994 12/1994 33 Rolleiflex 2.8 GX
Model 1, Gold Expression 94
Special Series
Rollei Planar 2.8/80 HFT Coded Serial Number.
Synchro-Compur X CR0 shutter
Aperture scale from 2.8 to 22
shutter speeds scale from 500 - 1, B
65 years TLR Jubilee
09/1995 09/1995 130 Rolleiflex 2.8 GX
Model 1, Japan Edition Special Series
Rollei Planar 2.8/80 HFT Coded Serial Number.
Seiko #0 shutter, although Synchro-Compur
cannot be ruled out.
Aperture scale from 22 to 2.8
shutter speeds scale from B, 1 - 500
Serial Numbers 001/130 - 130/130

Common Particulars: Centre-weighted average light-metering by two Si photo elements behind the mirror. X-synchronisation only. SL66-style strap hinges. The focusing knob has a rubber rim. The Planars were produced at the Rollei factory under licence from Carl Zeiss. Single format 6×6 cm camera back, cannot be detached by the user.

Rolleiflex 2.8 GX Model 2 Series

Produced from Produced until Number Name Taking Lens Particulars
01/1995 12/1995 900 Rolleiflex 2.8 GX
Model 2, 75 Years Rollei Edition
Special Series
Rollei Planar 2.8/80 HFT Coded Serial Number.
Synchro-Compur X CR0 shutter
Aperture scale from 2.8 to 22
shutter speeds scale from 500 - 1, B
or Seiko Nr 0 shutter
Aperture scale from 22 to 2.8
shutter speeds scale from B, 1 - 500
07/1995 12/1996 1000 Rolleiflex 2.8 GX
Model 2, Expression Series
Rollei Planar 2.8/80 HFT Coded Serial Number.
Copal Nr 0 shutter
Aperture scale from 22 to 2.8
shutter speeds scale from B, 1 - 500
1996 1996 100 Rolleiflex 2.8 GX
Model 2, Club Rollei Jersey
Special Series
Rollei Planar 2.8/80 HFT Coded Serial Number.
Seiko Nr 0 shutter
Aperture scale from 22 to 2.8
shutter speeds scale from B, 1 - 500
1996 2000 1000 Rolleiflex 2.8 GX
Model 2, Royal
Special Series
Rollei Planar 2.8/80 HFT Coded Serial Number.
Seiko Nr 0 shutter
Aperture scale from 22 to 2.8
shutter speeds scale from B, 1 - 500
2000 2000 Rolleiflex 2.8 GX
Model 2, ‘80 Years’
Focusing knob with annversary print
Special Series
Rollei Planar 2.8/80 HFT Coded Serial Number.
Seiko Nr 0 shutter
Aperture scale from 22 to 2.8
shutter speeds scale from B, 1 - 500

Common Particulars: Centre-weighted average light-metering by two Si photo elements behind the mirror. X-synchronisation only, System 6000-style strap hinges. The slotted lid of the battery compartment in the focusing knob is obscured by an additional cover. The focusing knob has a chrome rim. The Planars were produced at the Rollei factory under licence from Carl Zeiss. Single format 6×6 cm camera back, cannot be detached by the user.

Rolleiflex 2.8 FX

Produced from Produced until Number Name Taking Lens Particulars
2002 2015 Rolleiflex 2.8 FX Rollei Planar 2.8/80 HFT
Rollei S-Apogon 2.8/80 HFT
Coded Serial Number.
Aperture scale from 22 to 2.8
shutter speeds scale from B, 1 - 500
Inner and outer Bayonet III as usual
2012 2015 Rolleiflex 2.8 FX‑N Rollei S-Apogon 2.8/80 HFT Coded Serial Number.
Aperture scale from 22 to 2.8
shutter speeds scale from B, 1 - 500
Close focusing up to 55 cm
Outer Bayonet IV, no inner bayonet
For using filters an adaptor is needed and
available from Rolleiflex USA.

Common Particulars: Bayonet III mount. Centre-weighted average light-metering by two Si photo elements behind the mirror. X-synchronisation only. Classic ‘alligator’-style strap hinges like 2.8 F. The S-Apogon lens is said to be similar to the Planar. That makes sense. Both lenses were produced at the Rolleiflex factory. My guess is that they are identical, except for he lens name. Single format 6×6 cm camera back, cannot be detached by the user.

Notes

[1]
Particulars are only described to distinguish between cameras from a single production run or in case of special interest. Not all particulars are listed. Back
[2]
Prochnow gives 1,292,999 as the highest number of this batch. I have been in contact with the owner of Rolleiflex 2.8 C № 1,299,993. The next batch starts at № 1,300,.. so I have set the highest number of this batch at 1,299,999. Back
[3]
This number range was allocated to Xenotars, however Planars are known. № 1444565 is equipped with Planar № 19665 from Carl Zeiss, Oberkochen. Back
[4]
This batch of 75,000 cameras was intended to be fitted with Planars only. Early Rolleiflex 2.8 F cameras with Xenotars were marketed at least in some countries in the 1960s. A U.K. sales leaflet with the Xenotar ordering code exists.
Anecdotal information: The leaflet shows the mysterious product codes like “XUCIX”. These were telegram codes.
The next batch of 7800 cameras are supposed to be fitted with Xenotars only, but some Planar fitted cameras exist. Possibly made on demand from remaining spare Planars. Back
[5]
Mid 1971 a shiny silver name plate with small print around the taking lens was introduced. This was just a purely cosmetic change. Later it became the sought after ‘White-face’. Camera № 2473336 is a ‘Whiteface’. Camera № 2478095 is a ‘White-face’ but still has the film pressure plate with 4 long dents to cover the rails for 120 size film and 35 mm film when the Rolleikin is mounted. There is no 12/24 exposures switch on the crank side. The pressure plate has two positions: 6×6 cm and 24×36 mm. There is no provision for the Flat glass. The arrivals of the ‘White-face’ and the new new pressure plate did not coincide. The number of the first ‘White-face’ is unknown, the change happened in mid series. Cameras with the old style pressure plate were still made after № 2476000. № 2950197 has a White-face, a Planar lens and the old style grooved pressure plate. № 2954489 has a White-face, 12/24 exposures, a Xenotar and the grooved pressure plate. Back
[6]
Ian Parker mentions a ‘type 3’ without giving any description. The numbers run from № 2,600,000-2,799,999 (1969-1976). This series cannot be found in Prochnow’s listings. Back
[7]
In Ian Parker’s book the type 4 series runs from № 2,900,000-2,959,999 (1976-1980). Back
[8]
Ian Parker also lists an earlier batch of Rolleiflex 2.8 F ‘Aurums’ with № 7,570,001-7,571,249 (1982). According to Prochnow just one prototype was made with № 7,570,001. This series was not used for the following production cameras. Back
[9]
Ian Parker lists a second series of Rolleiflex 2.8 F ‘Aurum Platin’ from 1989-1990 with № 2,986,500-2,986,599. Claus Prochnow writes that the ‘Edition 1984 Platin’ did not sell well. Eventually 60 remaining cameras were slightly altered and sold to an agent in the Far East in one batch as a special edition. He does not mention the separate series.
This batch of Planars was a special order with Carl Zeiss Oberkochen. Planars for the Rolleiflex TLR had not been ordered for more than a decade. The Planars were multi-coated - probably T* - but labelled HFT for reasons of uniformity. HFT is Rollei’s registered trade-mark for multi-coating. Back

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