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Rolleicord III 1227, Photo F.W. Stutterheim
Photograph of Rolleicord III (1950 - 1953). The camera still has the non-linear shutter speeds (500, 250, 100, 50, 25, 10, 5, 2, 1). It has the dual format back for 6×6 cm and 24×36 mm. The tripod plate has no groove for the Rolleifix. The handle shown left of the taking lens sets the speeds, the one to the right sets the apertures. The handle down under the lens cocks and releases the shutter. Down left the PC flash socket and down right a standard mechanical cable release can be added. The flash socket is not yet secured so the cable may detach.
Photo ©2020  F.W. Stutterheim

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Serial Numbers Lists

Rolleicord I

Start at № End at № Number
made
Produced Name acc. to Prochnow /
Particulars1
Filter size2 Taking Lens Name acc. to Parker Name acc. to Evans
1 460 000*

00 001
1 760 000

c. 05 000


5 000
1933-1936 Rolleicord I model 1
Artdeco Rolleicord
Viewfinder lens: Heidoskop‑Anastigmat
Factory upgrade: Rolleikin 1
BL: ∅ A28.5 mm CZJ Triotar 4.5 Art Deco Rolleicord Rolleicord I (type 1)
1 460 000*

c. 05 001
1 760 000

37 508


32 508
Rolleicord I model 1
Artdeco Rolleicord
Viewfinder lens: Heidoscop-Anastigmat
Factory upgrade: Rolleikin 1
1 590 000*
c. 050 001
1 760 000
075 519

25 519
1934-1936 Rolleicord I model 2
Taking lens: Heidoscop-Anastigmat
Rolleikin 1
BL: ∅ A28.5 mm CZJ Triotar 3.8 Rolleicord I Rolleicord I (type 2)

* Official product number is the lens number. Not all lenses in this series were supplied to the Rolleiflex factory.
Printed in grey: Body number for factory use in lower film chamber next to first roller. In early First Models this number is obscured by the first roller.
Common particulars: Compur C00 shutter, 1/300s. Non-linear shutter speeds.

Rolleicord Ia

Start at № End at № Number
made
Produced Name acc. to Prochnow /
Particulars
Filter size Taking Lens Name acc. to Parker Name acc. to Evans
1 760 000* 1 947 000 9 459 1936-1937 Rolleicord Ia model 1
Exposed finder lens and shutter
connected by bridge.
Finder hood with F&H sign.
Additional finder with 45° mirror.
Parallax compensation.
BL: ∅ A28.5 mm CZJ Triotar 4.5 Rolleicord Ia type 4.5 Rolleicord Ia (type 1)
1 944 911* 2 183 000 10 200 1937-1938 Rolleicord Ia model 2
Exposed finder lens and shutter
without bridge.
Finder hood without F&H sign.
Additional Direct view finder.
BL: ∅ A28.5 mm CZJ Triotar 4.5 Rolleicord Ia type 4.5 Rolleicord Ia (type 2)
611 000 1 042 100 12 150 1938-1947 Rolleicord Ia model 3
‘Franke & Heidecke’ on shutter.
BL: ∅ A28.5 mm CZJ Triotar 4.5 Rolleicord 1a type 3 Rolleicord Ia (type 3)
500 1939- Polizei Rolleicord
(Police Rolleicord)
‘Franke & Heidecke Braunschweig’
below Rolleicord name shield.
BL: ∅ A28.5 mm CZJ Triotar 3.5

* Official product number is the lens number. Not all lenses in this series were supplied to the Rolleiflex factory.
Models 1 and 2: Body number for factory use in interior. Number range unknown.
Common particulars: Compur shutter C00, 1/300s. Non-linear shutter speeds.

Rolleicord II

Start at № End at № Number
made
Produced Name acc. to Prochnow /
Particulars
Filter size Taking Lens Name acc. to Parker Name acc. to Evans
1 758 000* 1 974 000 30 542 1936-1937 Rolleicord II model 1
Exposed finder lens and shutter
connected by bridge.
Finder hood with F&H sign.
Additional finder with 45° mirror.
Parallax compensation.
Compur shutter C00 1/300s.
BL: ∅ A28.5 mm CZJ Triotar 3.5 Rolleicord II Rolleicord II (type 1)
1 967 410* 2 124 000 14 000 1937-1938 Rolleicord II model 2
Lens rims and shutter: black cover.
Finder hood without F&H sign.
Additional finder with 45° mirror.
Parallax compensation.
Compur shutter C00 1/300s.
BL: ∅ A28.5 mm
TL: Bay I
CZJ Triotar 3.5 Rolleicord IIa 3.5 Rolleicord II (type 2)
613 000 859 000 16 000 1938-1939 Rolleicord II model 3
Name shield: ‘Rolleicord’ in relief.
Lens rims and shutter: black cover.
Finder hood without F&H sign.
Additional finder with 45° mirror.
Parallax compensation.
Compur shutter C00 1/300s.
BL: ∅ A28.5 mm
TL: Bay I
CZJ Triotar 3.5 Rolleicord Va Type 2 Rolleicord II (type 3)
859 000 1 135 999 unknown 1939- Rolleicord II Philips model
Name shield: ‘Rolleicord’ in relief.
Lens rims and shutter: black cover.
Finder hood without F&H sign.
Additional finder with 45° mirror.
Parallax compensation.
Compur shutter C00 1/300s.
BL: ∅ A28.5 mm
BL: Bay I
CZJ Triotar 3.5
859 000 1 095 425 16 000 1939-1949 Rolleicord II model 4
Name shield: ‘Rolleicord’ in relief.
Lens rims and shutter: black cover.
Finder hood without F&H sign.
Additional finder with 45° mirror.
Parallax compensation.
Compur shutter C00 1/300s.
BL: Bay I
BL: ∅ A28.5 mm
CZJ Triotar 3.5 Rolleicord IIc Rolleicord II (type 4)
980 000 1 095 425 9 000 1947-1949 Rolleicord II model 5
Compur-Rapid CR00 shutter,
1/500s.
BL: Bay I CZJ Triotar 3.5
Rolleicord IIc Rolleicord II (type 5)
200 1947 Schneider Xenar 4.5
2 800 1949 Schneider Xenar 3.5
1 102 000 1 135 999 8 500 1949-1950 Rolleicord II model 6
Compur‑Rapid X CR00 shutter,
1/500s, PC flash socket, X-synchronization.
Shutter cover with matte chrome front
black print.
BL: Bay I CZJ Triotar 3.5 Rolleicord IId Rolleicord II (type 5)
5 400 Schneider Xenar 3.5

* Official product number is the lens number. Not all lenses in this series were supplied to the Rolleiflex factory.
Models 1 and 2: Body number for factory use beginning with 1..... in interior. Non-linear shutter speeds.

Rolleicord III 1229, Photo F.W. Stutterheim
Photograph of the back of a Rolleicord III (1950 - 1953) with exposure suggestions from March - October. It looks like taking pictures was not encouraged from November - February. The table shows the non-linear shutter speeds.
Photo ©2020  F.W. Stutterheim

Rolleicord III

Start at № End at № Number
made
Produced Name acc. to Prochnow /
Particulars
Taking Lens Name acc. to Parker Name acc. to Evans
1,137,000 1,156,999 87000 1950-1951 Rolleicord III
Prepared for Dual format back and Rolleikin
knob.
Schneider Xenar Rolleicord III Rolleicord III (type 1/2)
1,157,000 1,199,999 1951-1953 Rolleicord III
Dual format back for 6x6 and Rolleikin 2.
Upgraded Direct View finder for Rolleikin mask.
1,300,000 1,343,999 1950-1953 Rolleicord III
Dual format back for 6x6 and Rolleikin 2.
Upgraded Direct View finder for Rolleikin mask.
CZJ Triotar Rolleicord III Rolleicord III (type 2)
1,344,000 1,344,050 1953 Rolleicord III
Dual format back for 6x6 and Rolleikin 2
Upgraded Direct View finder for Rolleikin mask.
Groove for Rolleifix in tripod plate .

Common particulars: Compur-Rapid X CR00 shutter, 1/500s. PC flash socket, X-synchronization. Non-linear shutter speeds. Bayonet I.

Rolleicord IV

Start at № End at № Number
made
Produced Name acc. to Prochnow /
Particulars
Taking Lens Name acc. to Parker Name acc. to Evans
1,344,051 1,390,999 46500 1953-1954 Rolleicord IV Schneider Xenar Rolleicord IV Rolleicord IV

Common particulars: Synchro-Compur MX CR00 shutter, 1/500s, PC flash socket, M/X switch3 for flash. Dual format back. Groove for Rolleifix. Switch for Double exposure lock. Bayonet I.

Rolleicord V

Start at № End at № Number
made
Produced Name acc. to Prochnow /
Particulars
Taking Lens Name acc. to Parker Name acc. to Evans
1,500,000 1,583,999 84000 1954-1957 Rolleicord V Schneider Xenar Rolleicord V Rolleicord V
20 1962 Rolleicord V Philips oscilloscope model,
rebuilt from stock.
First model detachable finder hood.
Exchangeable focusing screen.

Common particulars: Synchro-Compur MXV CR00 shutter, 1/500s, linear speeds4, M/X/V switch. Switch for double exposure lock. Bayonet I. Chrome strap holders.

Rolleicord Va 0996, Photo F.W. Stutterheim
Photograph of Rolleicord Va Model 2 (1958 - 1961). The camera has the common linear shutter speeds and the MXV switch. The exchangeable frame counter is set for 12 frames. From a user’s point of view, the EV scale with red numbers is on the right side of the lens, aperture and shutter speed scales are on the left. When a sync cord with Rollei locking tip is used, it is securely fixed in the flash socket.
Photo ©2020  F.W. Stutterheim

Rolleicord Va

Start at № End at № Number
made
Produced Name acc. to Prochnow /
Particulars
Taking Lens Name acc. to Parker Name acc. to Evans
1,584,000
1,900,000
1,599,999
1.904,999
21000 1957-1958 Rolleicord Va model 1
Apertures and EV scales on left side,
shutter speeds on right side.
Lever.
Schneider Xenar Rolleicord Va Type 1 Rolleicord Va (type 1)
1,905,000 1,906,999 2000 1958 Rolleicord Va
Transition model.
Schneider Xenar Rolleicord Va Type 2 Rolleicord Va (type 1)
1,907,000 Va 1,943,999 37000 1958-1961 Rolleicord Va model 2
Apertures and shutter speeds on left side,
EV scale right on side.
Last 2000 cameras: serial number
begins with “Va“.
Secured lever.
Schneider Xenar Rolleicord Va Type 2 Rolleicord Va (type 2)

Common particulars: Synchro-Compur MXV CR00, linear speeds, EVS5, exchangeable frame counter for 12 exp. Counters for 16 and 24 exp available. Bayonet I.

Rolleicord Vb

Start at № End at № Number
made
Produced Name acc. to Prochnow /
Particulars
Taking Lens Name acc. to Parker Name acc. to Evans
Vb 2,600,000 Vb 2,645,999 44500 1962-1966 Rolleicord Vb model 1
Synchro-Compur MXV CR00
‘Franke & Heidecke’
Schneider Xenar Rolleicord Vb Type 1 Rolleicord Vb (type 1)
Vb 2,610,000*
Vb 2,611,xxx*
Vb 2,641,xxx*
Vb 2,642,xxx*
Vb 2,610,999 c. 1500 1962-1977 Rolleicord Vb model 1
Synchro-Compur MXV CR00
Special order:
Philips Rolleicord 16 and 24 exp.
Polizei Rolleicord (Police) 12 exp.
Mainly grey leatherette.
‘Franke & Heidecke’
Schneider Xenar Rolleicord Vb Type 1 Rolleicord Vb (type 1)
Vb 2,647,000 Vb 2,677,534 30500 1966-1970 Rolleicord Vb model 2
Synchro-Compur XV CR00 shutter
‘Rollei Werke Franke & Heidecke’
Schneider Xenar Rolleicord Vb Type 2 Rolleicord Vb (type 2)
1970-1977 Rolleicord Vb model 2
Sychro-Compur X CR00 shutter
‘Rollei Werke Franke & Heidecke’ on ‘White-face’6

* Serial numbers of the special order cameras were taken from the current series. These cameras can only be recognised by engravings indicating ownership.
Common particulars: First detachable viewfinder hood. In camera № Vb 2,600,00 - Vb 2,603,000 the Rolleikin film mask fits only after a rebuilt at the factory. Linear speeds, EVS, exchangeable frame counter. Counters for 12, 16 and 24 exp exp. available. Bayonet I.

Notes

[1]
Particulars are described to distinguish between cameras from a single production run or in case of special interest. Back
[2]
BL: Both lenses, VL: Viewfinder lens, TL: Taking lens, : Diameter, A: Push on (Ge: Aufsteckfilter), Bay: Rolleiflex Bayonet. Back
[3]
The MX shutter offers both M and X synchronization. There is just one PC (‘Prontor-Compur’) socket for flash and a switch to chose for either M or X sync. The MXV shutter of the Rolleicord V has a third setting for delayed action shutter release. Back
[4]
Linear speeds and apertures were needed for modern features like the EVS. Linear means that with the next step the value is doubled or cut in halves. Speeds like 1/250 and next 1/100 were replaced. Back
[5]
EVS: Exposure Value System. Back
[6]
A shiny silver name plate with small print around the taking lens was introduced in 1970/1. This was just a purely cosmetic change, not an official model. Later it became the sought after ‘White-face’. Back

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