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Wide-Angle Rolleiflex 1022, Photo F.W. Stutterheim
Photograph of a Wide-Angle Rolleiflex. A modern Rolleiflex 4.0 FW lens cap is mounted on this classic Wide-Angle Rolleiflex. The camera has no serial number. It has the ‘half moons’ under the strap holders and can take only 12 frames. That makes it a model 1.
Photo ©2019  F.W. Stutterheim

Serial Numbers Lists

Wide-Angle Rolleiflex

Start at № End at № Number
made
Produced Name according to Prochnow
Particulars1
Taking Lens Name acc. to Parker Name acc. to Evans
W 2 490 000 W 2 493 501 3 502 1961-1965 Weitwinkel‑Rolleiflex model 1
"Half Moon" under strap holder.
CZ Distagon 4/55 Wide‑Angle Rolleiflex Wide‑Angle Rollei
W 2 493 502 W 2 493 905 404 1965-1967 Weitwinkel-Rolleiflex model 2
"Half Moon" up to 1966.
12/24 exp.
CZ Distagon 4/55 Wide-Angle Rolleiflex Wide-Angle Rollei

Common Particulars: Newton Finder. Bayonet IV. Flat Glass. Synchro-Compur MXV CR0 shutter, M and X sychronisation, delayed action shutter release.

Rolleiflex 4.0 FW

Produced from Produced until Number
made
Name Taking Lens Particulars
2002 2015 unknown Rolleiflex 4.0 FW Schneider Super Angulon 4/50 HFT
Rollei W-Apogon 4/50 Rollei-HFT
Made by Francke & Heidecke.
Made by DHW Fototechnik.
Coded Serial Number.
Aperture scale from 22 to 4
Shutter speeds scale from B, 1 - 500
Focusing range ∞ - 60 cm

No Newton Finder. Bayonet IV. The Distagon had to be replaced for a Super-Angulon. Certain glass types were no longer available. The W-Apogon lens is said to be similar to the Super-Angulon. That makes sense. Both lenses were produced at the Rolleiflex factory. My guess is they are exactly the same, except for the trade names. Classic ‘alligator’-style strap holders like 2.8 F.

Notes

[1]
Particulars are described to distinguish between cameras from a single production run or in case of special interest. Back

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