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  1. Rolleiflex 3.5
  2. Rolleiflex 3.5 A
  3. Rolleiflex 3.5 B
  1. Rolleiflex 3.5 C (or E) and E2
  2. Rolleiflex 3.5 F and E3
  3. Notes
Rolleiflex 3.5
Start at № End at № Produced Name according to Prochnow
Features1
Filter size
D.B.L.2
Taking Lens Name acc. to Parker Name acc. to Evans
1,100,000 1,168,999 1949‑1951 Rolleiflex 3,5
Compur-Rapid X/CR00
Non-linear apertures/shutter speeds
Bay I CZJ Tessar
Opton Tessar
Schneider Xenar
Automat Rolleiflex Model X Rolleiflex X (type 1/2)
Rolleiflex 3.5 A
Start at № End at № Produced Name according to Prochnow
Features
Filter size
D.B.L.
Taking Lens Name acc. to Parker Name acc. to Evans
1,200,000 1,240,999 1951‑1954 Rolleiflex 3,5 A Bay I CZJ Tessar
Opton Tessar3
Schneider Xenar
Automat Rolleiflex Model 4 Rolleiflex MX (type 1)
1,241,000 1,267,999 1951-1954 Rolleiflex 3,5 A
Finder adapted to accept Rolleigrid
Bay I CZJ Tessar
Opton Tessar
Automat Rolleiflex Model 4 Rolleiflex MX (type 1)
1,268,000 1,298,999 1951-1954 Rolleiflex 3,5 A
Finder adapted to accept Rolleigrid
Light baffles in taking chamber
Groove for Rolleifix in tripod
mounting plate
Bay I CZJ Tessar
Opton Tessar
Automat Rolleiflex Model 4 Rolleiflex MX (type 1)
1,401,000 1,427,999 1951-1954 Rolleiflex 3,5 A
Finder adapted to accept Rolleigrid
Light baffles in taking chamber
Groove for Rolleifix in tripod
mounting plate
Bay I Opton Tessar
Schneider Xenar
CZ Tessar (from early 1954)
Automat Rolleiflex Model 4 Rolleiflex MX (type 2)

Common Features: Synchro-Compur Rapid MX/CR00, non-linear steps between apertures/shutter speeds.

Rolleiflex 3.5 B
Start at № End at № Produced Name according to Prochnow
Features
Filter size
D.B.L.
Taking Lens Name acc. to Parker Name acc. to Evans
1,428,000 1,463,999 1954‑1956 Rolleiflex 3,5 B
EVS: unlocked, ‘Germany’
engravedb on left hand wheel
Bay I CZJ Tessar Rolleiflex 3.5 MX-EVS 3.5 Rolleiflex MX‑EVS (type 1)
1,464,000 1,499,999 1954-1956 Rolleiflex 3,5 B
EVS: locked, hold push button
in left hand wheel to unlock
Bay I CZJ Tessar Rolleiflex 3.5 MX-EVS 3.5 Rolleiflex MX‑EVS (type 1)
1,700,000 1,737,999 1954-1956 Rolleiflex 3,5 B
EVS: lock/unlock by turning
slot in left hand wheel
Bay I CZ Tessar
Schneider Xenar
Rolleiflex 3.5 MX-EVS 3.5 Rolleiflex MX‑EVS (type 2)

Common Features: Synchro-Compur MX/CR00, linear steps between apertures/shutter speeds, Exposure Value System.

Rolleiflex 3.5 C (or E) and E2
Start at № End at № Produced Name according to Prochnow
Features
Filter size
D.B.L.
Taking Lens Name acc. to Parker Name acc. to Evans
1,740,000 1,787,999 1956‑1959 Rolleiflex 3,5 C
with 2-range exposure meter
Bay II
42 mm
CZ Planar Rolleiflex 3.5 E Rolleiflex 3.5 E (type 1)
1,850,000 1,868,999 1957-1959 Rolleiflex 3,5 C
Factory option: 2-range exposure meter
Bay II
42 mm
Schneider Xenotar4
CZ Planar
Rolleiflex 3.5 E Rolleiflex 3.5 E (type 2)
1,870,000 1,871,999 1959-1960 Rolleiflex 3,5 E2 model 1
(User option: 2-range exposure meter)
Bay II
42 mm
CZ Planar
Schneider Xenotar
Rolleiflex 3.5 E2 Rolleiflex 3.5 E2 (type 1)
2,480,000 2,481,999 1961-1962 Rolleiflex 3,5 E2 model 2,
with Flat Glass5 option,
(User option: 2-range exposure meter).
Bay II
42 mm
CZ Planar
Schneider Xenotar
Rolleiflex 3.5 E2 Rolleiflex 3.5 E2 (type 2)

Common Features: Synchro-Compur MX/CR00, linear steps between apertures/shutter speeds, Exposure Value System, lock/unlock is set by turning the slot in left hand wheel.

Rolleiflex 3.5 F and E3
Start at № End at № Produced Name according to Prochnow
Features
Filter size
D.B.L.
Taking Lens Name acc. to Parker Name acc. to Evans
2,200,000 2,204,999 1958‑1960 Rolleiflex 3,5 F model 1
Differential Synchro-Compur MXV/CR00,
aperture wheel with EV-lock,
still with plain serial number
Bay II
45 mm
CZ Planar Rolleiflex 3.5F Model 1 Rolleiflex 3.5F (type 1)
2,205,000 2,219,999 1958-1960 Rolleiflex 3,5 F model 1
Differential Synchro-Compur MXV/CR00, aperture wheel with EV-lock,
‘3,5 F’ preceding serial number (on top name shield)
Bay II
45 mm
Schneider Xenotar4
CZ Planar
Rolleiflex 3.5F Model 1 Rolleiflex 3.5F (type 1)
2,230,000 2,241,499 1960 Rolleiflex 3,5 F model 2,
Differential Synchro-Compur MXV/CR00, from now on EV-lock omitted,
‘3,5 F’ preceding serial number (on top name shield)
Bay II
45 mm
CZ Planar
Schneider Xenotar
Rolleiflex 3.5F Model 2 Rolleiflex 3.5F (type 2)
2,250,000 2,289,999 1960-1965 Rolleiflex 3,5 F model 3,
6 elements Carl Zeiss Planar from lens number 2753002,
Synchro-Compur MXV/CR00 with cone-wheel differential,
‘3,5 F’ preceding serial number (on top name shield),
with or without Flat Glass5.
Bay II
45 mm
CZ Planar
(6 elements)
Rolleiflex 3.5F Model 3 Rolleiflex 3.5F (type 3)
2,290,000 2,298,999 1960-1965 Rolleiflex 3,5 F model 3,
Synchro-Compur MXV/CR00 with cone-wheel differential,
‘3,5 F’ preceding serial number (on top name shield),
both m and ft scales,
Flat Glass.
Bay II
45 mm
CZ Planar
(6 elements)
Rolleiflex 3.5F Model 3 Rolleiflex 3.5F (type 3)
2,299,000 2,299,546 1960-1965 Rolleiflex 3,5 F model 3,
Synchro-Compur MXV/CR00 with cone-wheel differential,
‘3,5 F’ preceding serial number (on top name shield),
both m and ft scales,
Flat Glass.
Bay II
45 mm
CZ Planar
(6 elements)
Schneider Xenotar
(6 elements)
Rolleiflex 3.5F Model 3 Rolleiflex 3.5F (type 3/4)
2,380,000 2,385,034 1961-1965 Rolleiflex 3,5 E3,
F-model without exposure meter, EVS,
Synchro-Compur MX/CR00,
Release for Flat Glass.
Bay II
45 mm
CZ Planar
(6 elements)
Schneider Xenotar
(6 elements)
Rolleiflex 3.5 E3 Rolleiflex 3.5 E3
2,299,547 2,299,999 1965-1966 Rolleiflex 3,5 F model 3,
Synchro-Compur MXV/CR00 with cone-wheel differential,
‘3,5 F’ preceding serial number (on top name shield),
both m and ft scales,
Flat Glass.
Film transport for 12/24 exp,
Switch may not be present.
Bay II
45 mm
CZ Planar
(6 elements)
Schneider Xenotar
(6 elements)
Rolleiflex 3.5F Model 3 Rolleiflex 3.5F (type 3/4)
2,800,000 2,814,999 1965-1966 Rolleiflex 3,5 F model 3,
Synchro-Compur MXV/CR00 with cone-wheel differential,
‘3,5 F’ preceding serial number (on top name shield),
both m and ft scales,
Flat Glass.
Film transport for 12/24 exp,
Switch may not be present.
Bay II
45 mm
Schneider Xenotar4
(6 elements)
CZ Planar
(6 elements)
Rolleiflex 3.5F Model 4 Rolleiflex 3.5F (type 3/4)
2,815,000 2,839,999 1966-1971 Rolleiflex 3,5 F model 3,
Synchro-Compur MXV/CR00 with cone-wheel differential,
‘3,5 F’ preceding serial number (on top name shield),
both m and ft scales.
Not suitable for Flat Glass.
Film transport for 12/24 exp,
Switch may not be present.
Bay II
45 mm
Schneider Xenotar4
(6 elements)
CZ Planar
(6 elements)
Rolleiflex 3.5F Model 4 Rolleiflex 3.5F (type 3/4)
2,840,000 2,844,999 1971 Rolleiflex 3,5 F model 3,
Synchro-Compur MXV/CR00 with cone-wheel differential,
both m and ft scales.
"White-face"6
‘3,5 F’ preceding serial number below taking lens.
Film transport for 12/24 exp.
Switch may not be present.
Bay II
45 mm
Schneider Xenotar4
(6 elements)
CZ Planar
(6 elements)
Rolleiflex 3.5F Model 5 Rolleiflex 3.5F (type 4)
2,845,000 2,857,149 1971-1976 Rolleiflex 3,5 F model 3,
Synchro-Compur MXV/CR00 with cone-wheel differential,
both m and ft scales.
"White-face"
‘3,5 F’ preceding serial number below taking lens.
Film transport for 12/24 exp.
Switch may not be present.
Flat film pressure plate, revised film gate.
Bay II
45 mm
Schneider Xenotar4
(6 elements)
CZ Planar
(6 elements)
Rolleiflex 3.5F Model 5 Rolleiflex 3.5F (type 4)
3,555,0007
5,205,297
>3,556,164 1974-1976
1980
Rolleiflex 3,5 F model 3,
Synchro-Compur MXV/CR00 with cone-wheel differential,
"White-face"
‘3,5 F’ preceding serial number below taking lens.
Flat film pressure plate, revised film gate.
Bay II
45 mm
Schneider Xenotar
(6 elements)
Rolleiflex 3.5F Model 5 Rolleiflex 3.5F Model 5

Common Features: Single range exposure meter, mechanically linked to aperture and shutter speeds wheels by either dedicated differential shutter or standard shutter with separate differential. The E3 model was produced without exposure meter but had the 2-range E-type exposure meter as a user option. The E3 had the slot in the aperture wheel to lock/unlock the EVS.

Notes

[1]
Not all features are listed. Features are only described when necessary to distinguish between cameras from a single production run or in case of special interest. Back
[2]
D.B.L.= Distance between taking lens and viewing lens. Back
[3]
Altough the 1,2... numbers were allocated to cameras with CZJ Tessars, Zeiss-Opton Tessars do occur on cameras with 1,2... numbers. Camera № 1238665 is equiped with a Zeiss-Opton Tessar № 747497. Schneider Xenars also occur: № 1238472 is fitted with Xenar № 2881660 . Back
[4]
According to literature Xenotars only. Cameras with Planars do exist within these number ranges: № 1853762, № 1867373, № 2808513 and №2840753 are known to be fitted with Planars. Back
[5]
The Flat Glass Back (“Planglass-Einrichtung”) was also sold separately from 1959 until 1969. Likewise a Flat Glass Back could easily be replaced with a standard one by the user. It is not a distinguishing feature. Back
[6]
In November 2013 № 2840753 was brought to my attention. It is an early White-face and is equiped with a Planar. The number of the first camera with a White-face is unknown. It was an insignificant mid-series update. It probably was around № 2840000. Back
[7]
The idea to use serial numbers beginning with 35.. for the 3.5 cameras came in 1974. According to Prochnow this was shortly before production was ended. Only a few cameras from this range are known: № 3556147 and № 3556164. Sources do not agree on the year 3.5 production was ended. Probably around 1976. Later cameras may have been made from existing parts on special order only. A “Special Order” 3.5 № 5205297 with Xenotar said to be from 1980 surfaced in 2005. Back