Sign InView Entries
Franke & Heidecke produced a wide range of Rolleiflex  f3.5 cameras.
Production began around 1928 and continued to around 1980, the longest production run of ANY camera. Lenses were provided by Zeiss and Schneider and included variations such as the Carl Zeiss Jena and Zeiss Opton lenses.
The collection on this page is not complete. If you come across mistakes, please let me know.
ROLLEIFLEX AUTOMAT Type 1B 1937-1939
Serial numbers: 568.516-805.000.
Camera # 627701
Lens: f3.5 CZJ Tessar  # 2085688.
Viewing lens: Heidoscop-Anastigmat f2.8/75mm.
Shutter:  F Dekel Compur-Rapid. 1-1/500th sec. B.
Filter size: Bayonet 1.
Shutter and aperture wheels are gray   in color.
Double bayonet 1 on both lenses.  Compur-Rapid logo located underneath taking lens.  Flash synchronization socket was available as an option from the factory. This was a WW2 camera, so most cameras have an exposure table on the back door in German.  
ROLLEIFLEX AUTOMAT X Type 1 
1949-1950
Serial numbers: 1,000,000-1,168,000
Camera # 1147807.
Lens: f3.5  Zeiss Opton Tessar  # 568849.
Viewing lens: Heidosmat Anastigmat f2.8
Standard "X" synchronization
Cable release incorporated into shutter release
2 point accessory holder on finder (but 3 point from 1,117,000 plus adjustable pressure plate for Rolleikin)

ROLLEIFLEX MX Type 1.
1951-1954
Camera # 12146552.
Lens: f3.5 Zeiss Opton Tessar. # 618647.
MX Synchronization. EVS system. You can transfer the EV reading from your hand-held meter and lock it in to the camera.
Var5iations: Type 1:Lto disengage, hold down
inner button of the aperture wheel. Type 2: The system can be used coupled or uncoupled by changing the indent on the aperture wheel.
ROLLEIFLEX MX-EVS Type 2
1955-1956
Camera # 1734146.
Lens:  f3.5 Zeiss Tessar. # 1486352.
The type 2 EVS system could ne used coupled or uncoupled. For coupled, you line up the two half-circles on the aperture wheel.

ROLLEIFLEX 3.5 E Type 1.
1956-1959
Camera # 1755329.
Lens: f3.5 Zeiss Plana. # 1768150.
This is the only Rolleiflex with the Zeiss Planar or Schneider Xenotar that has the non-removable hood (it screws on)
The model 3.5E does not prcede the serial number.
First models had factory fitted exposure meter.
Later models without meter, but it could be fitted later.
ROLLEIFLEX 3.5 E Type 2.
1956-1959
Camera # E2 1871987.
Lens: f3.5 Schneider Xenotar. # 6251169.
This was a special order camera for the U.S. Market. Camera serial number has E2 preceding the number below the taking lens.
This model has the removable focusing hood.



ROLLEIFLEX T Type 1 Gray.
1958-1966
Camera # T 2112109.
Lens: f3.5 Zeiss Tessar. # 5144900. Serial Numbers: 2,100,000 to 2,199,999.
Type 1 available in Gray and Black. Serial numbers preceded by the letter T. Removable hood.
Black plastic levers for aperture,  speed or EVS control. Type 1 has Synchro-Compur (without X) between the lenses. Light meter could be fitted as an option.

ROLLEIFLEX T Type 3
1971-1976
Camera # T 2244020. Lens: f3.5 Zeiss Tessar
Lens # 4784529. Metal levers replaced plastic for aperture, speed and EVS scale.
Rollei-Werke name below the taking lens replaces Franke & Heidecke name. Levers for aperture, speed and EVS changed from plastic to metal. Synchr-Compur (with X) between lenses. Half-moon plate below lug styrap was omitted.  With or without light meter. Very few were made in Gray.

ROLLEIFLEX T Type 4. "White Face"
1971-1976
Camera # T 2317719. Lens: f3.5 Zeiss Tessar
Lens # 11 856693.
Rollei-Werke Franke & Heidecke followed by number below taking lens.  Thicker black leather with coarser grain.
From #T2,315.800 Aapprox) lens was f3.5 75mm Schneider Xenar.
ROLLEIFLEX 3.5F Type 1.  K4D
1959-1960
Camera # 3.5F 2216758.
Lens: f3.5 Zeiss Planar. # 2278881.
Viewing lens: #2424835
The letter F precedes all serial numbers.
Typ1 1 does not accept the optically flat glass, so it does not have the pressure plate release pin near the right hand film channel.  Removable hood with sports finder. No EVS system.  MX synchronization and V self timer controlled by the same lever. Double exposure provision.
The F introduced a cross-coupled exposure meter. On previous Rolleis, after operating the meter, one had to set the shutter and aperture.

ROLLEIFLEX 3.5F Type 3. 
1960-1969
Camera # 3.5F 2262718.
Lens: f3.5 Zeiss Planar. # 2930853.
Types 2,3 and 4 have the pressure release pin. The type 3 did not have the factory installed 220 provision while the type 4 did. However,since the 220 provision could be installed later, the only re3liable indicator is the serial number. This model can also be used with the Rolleimarin underwater housing.
ROLLEIFLEX F Type 5
"White Face"
K4F2-1979
Camera # 3.5F 2856520.
Lens: f3.5 Schneider Xenotar. # 12449750.
Camera has 120/ 220 option.
Camera number beneath taking lens.
New company name: Rollei-Werek Franke & Heidecke beneath taking lens.
Camera could have either Planar or Xenotar lens.

Thanks for visiting the f3.5 Collection
ROLLEIFLEX AUTOMAT Type 2 
1939-1945
Serial numbers: 805,000-1,050,000
Camera # 903061.
Lens: f3.5 CZJ Tessar # 2497547.
Viewing lens: Heidoscope-Anastigmat f3.1/75mm.
Shutter: F Deckel Compur-Rapid 1-1/500th sec.B.
Filter size: Bayonet 1.
The only 3.5 Automat with gray wheels and double bayonets on both taking and viewing lenses, and a safety catch on te shutter release. Small levers on either side of the taking lens  to adjust speed or aperture.  Red window to position first exposure. No self-timer. Early moxdels have no synchronization, but from 1940 on, a PC contct was offered as an option and was located directly below the taking lens. 
ROLLEIFLEX T Type 2 Black 
1958-1966
Camera # 2104089.
Lens: f3.5 Zeiss Tessar. # 4086611
Later models with Rollei-Werke. This model has Synchro-Compur with an X on the faceplate. The type 2 has X synchronization only; whereas the type 1 has MXV.

Late Acquition
Rolleiflex Old Standard Type 1. 
1932-1934
Serial # 262033.
Lens: f3.8 CZJ 75mm Tessar. # 1404099.
Lever film wind.  Hinged back.  Metal etched nameplate filled with white paint.  Compur name below taking lens.
The Original and Original Standard were the only Rolleiflexes to have either the f4.5 or f3.8 taking lennses.

3.8 Original Rolleiflex 6X6
1929-1932. Serial numbers: 1-199,999
Camera # 40040.
Lens f3.8 CZJ. Tessar.
Finder lens: F3.1  75mm Heidoscop
Shutter: F.Deckel Compur. 1 Sec to 1/300th.
Filter Size: 28.5mm push-on.
This was the only Rolleiflex with a winding knob and no crank to wind the film.
The back was not hinged on this model.
Original Standard Rolleiflex Type 1.
  1932-1938. Serial numbers: 200,000-567,000
Camera # 529991.
Lens: f3.8 CZJ Tessar # 1901451
Viewing lens: 75mm f3.1 Heidoscop.
Shutter: F.Deckel Synchro-Compur 1 Sec to 1/300th.
Filter Size: 28.5mmm push-on.
Identification: Lever wind and hinged back. Metal etched nameplate filled with white paint.  Compur name below taking lens.  The ORIGINAL and ORIGINAL STANDARD were the only cameras to have either the f3.8 or f4.5 lens
I shot a roll of Kodak Ultracolor on Sept 7/05 and the results were excellent. Frame spacing is good, and resolution good too.

Rolleiflex Automat 1 (Rare)
1937-1939
Serial numbers: 568,516-805,000.
Camera # 615543.
Lens: f3.5 CZJ Tessar # 2114369.
Viewing lens: 75mm  f2.8 Heidoscop.
Shutter: F.Deckel Synchro Compur-Rapid.
Filter Size: Bayonet 1.
This is the only Rolleiflex with double bayonets on the taking lens and 28.5mm push-on on the viewing lens.
No red window, and lever wind cocks shutter. Top right corner is a built in delayed timer.  Aperture and speeds are adjusted by 2 wheels with GRAY centers.
The difference between the 1 and 1b is the shutter guard. Rollei did not differentiate this, but it's significant for a collector.

This page was last updated on: March 10, 2014
email me
The Rolleiflex f3.5 Collection
Cameras are not for sale
The Rolleiflex
Model T Cameras
The T (for Tessar) was designed to place a model between other Rolleiflexes and the Rolleicords.
Franke & Heidecke could afford to offer the T for less money because it used less expensive lenses than the other Rolleiflex models of the time.
Until January 1960, the camera was available in gray only; after that date it was available in black and gray.
After 2,151,000, it accepts the Rolleikin 35mm adapter.
Rolleiflex 3.5F Type 3. K4F
1960-1964
Lens: Zeiss Planar # 2050185
Viewing Lens:Heidosmat # 5129336
Camera has 120/ 220 option.
Camera number beneath taking lens.
New company name: Rollei-Werke Franke & Heidecke beneath taking lens.
Camera could have either Planar or Xenotar lens, but first and last models usually had the Xenotar..
There is confusion on the termination date of this camera. Some reports say 1976, but others say 1979.
This camera would have been in the last batch to be produced.

Take a look under the hood of a 1937-1939 Automat 1