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Rolleiflex Twin-Lens Reflex Cameras built after 1957
Model Features Rolleicord Va/Vb Rolleiflex T Rolleiflex 3.5 F/2.8 F Rolleiflex 2.8 GX/FX
years of fabrication from 1957 to 1977 from 1958 to 1976 from 1958 to 1981 1987-2002 / 2001-
film format 120 and 135 (Rolleikin) 120 and 135 (Rolleikin) 120, 220 and 135 (Rolleikin) 120
images on 120/220 rollfilm,
135 film
12 frames 6x6 (120) or
16 frames 4.5x6 (120) or
24 frames 28mmx40mm (120)
36 frames (135)
12 frames 6x6 (120) or
16 frames 4,5x6 (120)
36 frames (135)
12 frames 6x6 (120) or
24 frames 6x6 (220)
36 frames (135)
12 frames 6x6 (120)
adaptor back for 6,5x9 plates
and cut-film
yes yes yes no
Zeiss Optics (taking lens) no Tessar 3.5 / 75 mm
4 elements 3 groups
3.5 F: Planar 3.5 / 75 mm 5 or 6 elements 4 groups
2.8 F: Planar 2.8 / 80 mm
5 elements 4 groups
GX/FX: Planar 2.8 / 80 mm
5 elements in 4 groups, made by Rollei
under Zeiss license
Rollei Optics (taking lens) FX: S-Apogon 2.8 / 80 mm (Planar design)
Schneider Optics (taking lens) Xenar 3.5 / 75 mm
4 elements 3 groups
Xenar (rare) 3.5 / 75 mm
4 elements 3 groups
3.5 F : Xenotar 3.5 / 75 mm 5 or 6
elements 4 groups
2.8 F : Xenotar 2.8 / 80 mm 5 elements 4 groups
no
viewing lens Heidoscop 3,2 / 75 mm 3 elements Heidosmat 2.8 / 75 mm 3 elements Heidosmat 2.8 / 75 mm or 2.8 / 80 mm
3 elements
Heidosmat 2.8 / 80 mm
3 elements
standard focusing hood folding hood, 2.5X lupe, “sport” viewfinder folding hood, 2.5X lupe, “sport” viewfinder folding hood, 2.5X lupe, second 4x lupe and
second mirror (“sport” setup)
folding hood, 2.5X lupe,
“sport” viewfinder
optional viewing accessories Va : fixed hood, Vb : as T-model removable ground glass,
rigid 2.5X hood,
1.5X prism
removable ground glass,
rigid 2.5X hood,
1.5X prism
removable ground glass,
rigid 2.5X hood,
1.5X prism
bayonet mount for filters or
close-up lenses (internal) and
lens hood (external)
size I size I size II (3.5 F), size III (2.8 F) size III
between-lens mechanical leaf
shutter
Synchro-Compur size CR00,
B - 1s to 1/500s
Synchro-Compur size CR00,
B - 1s to 1/500s
Synchro-Compur sizes CR00 or CR0,
B - 1s to 1/500s
Synchro-Compur CR0,
then Seiko / Copal no 0,
B - 1s to 1/500s
mechanical self-timer yes yes yes no
standard flash shoe no no no yes
X-synch, electronic flash all speeds all speeds all speeds all speeds
M-synch, flash bulbs yes (first models only) yes (first models only) yes no
first frame film setup semi-auto,
paper arrow <-> red dot
semi-auto,
paper arrow <-> red dot
fully automatic,
roller-feeler system
semi-auto,
paper arrow <-> red dot
film advance winding knob,
not coupled to shutter
folding crank,
coupled to shutter
folding crank,
coupled to shutter
folding crank,
coupled to shutter
shutter cocking separate,
manually on taking lens
coupled to film advance coupled to film advance coupled to film advance
safety lock against
double exposure
yes, can be switched off yes yes, can be switched off yes, can be switched off
speeds and
f/stops controls
lever on taking lens,
EV coupling
lever on taking lens,
EV coupling
front thumb-wheels
next to lenses
front thumb-wheels
on side of lenses
display of speeds
and f/stops
side windows
on taking lens
top windows on viewing lens,
with printed belts
top windows on viewing lens,
with geared engraved rings
top windows on viewing lens,
with geared engraved rings
built-in exposure meter no external un-coupled selenium
cell (optional),
diffusor for incident light
readings
external inter-coupled
selenium cell (optional),
diffusor for incident light
readings
silicon sensor for
available light (viewing lens),
and TTL flash SCA 300
(metered by reflection off the film)
camera works without battery yes yes yes yes, except for
exposure meter
weight (without film) Va 875g, Vb 940g 1020g 1220g 1235g

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