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  1. First Model Rolleiflex
  2. Second Model Rolleiflex
  3. Stardard Rolleiflex
  1. Rolleiflex Automat
  2. New Standard Rolleiflex
  3. Notes
First Model Rolleiflex
Start at №1 End at № Produced Name according to Prochnow
Features2
Filter size
DBL3
Taking Lens Name acc. to Parker Name acc. to Evans
1 199,999 10/1928 Prototype
Compur shutter 1 - 1/300 s, T, B
Roll-film B 1-6, 6 exp
Factory upgrade to Roll-film 620
(12 exp) possible
TL: A24 mm,
VL: A28.5 mm
DBL: 37 mm
CZJ Tessar 4.5/7.5 cm
1 199,999 01‑07/1929 First Model 4.5
Production run for both
First Models 4.5: ca 2500 p.
TL: A24 mm,
VL: A28.5 mm
CZJ Tessar 4.5/7.5 cm Original Rolleiflex 6x6 4.5 Original Rolleiflex
1 199,999 01‑07/1929 First Transition Model 4.5
hinges for strap different,
larger focusing knob with
3 screws in flange, meter and
ft scales
TL: A24 mm,
VL: A28.5 mm
CZJ Tessar 4.5/7.5 cm Original Rolleiflex 6x6 4.5 Original Rolleiflex
1 199,999 04-07/1929 First Model 3.8
Production run for both First
Models 3.8: ca 820 p.
TL: A24 mm,
VL: A28.5 mm
CZJ Tessar 3.8/7.5 cm Original Rolleiflex 6x6 3.8 Original Rolleiflex
1 199,999 04-07/1929 First Transition Model 3.8
hinges for strap different, larger
focusing knob with 3 screws in flange,
meter and ft scales
TL: A24 mm,
VL: A28.5 mm
CZJ Tessar 3.8/7.5 cm Original Rolleiflex 6x6 3.8 Original Rolleiflex
Second Model Rolleiflex
Start at № End at № Produced Name according to Prochnow
Features
>Filter size
DBL
Taking Lens Name acc. to Parker Name acc. to Evans
1 199,999 1929‑1932 Second Model 4.5 TL: A24 mm,
VL: A28.5 mm
CZJ Tessar 4.5/7.5 cm Original Rolleiflex 6x6 4.5 Original Rolleiflex
1 199,999 1929-1932 Second Model 3.8 TL: A24 mm,
VL: A28.5 mm
CZJ Tessar 3.8/7.5 cm Original Rolleiflex 6x6 3.8 Original Rolleiflex
Standard Rolleiflex
Start at № End at № Produced Name according to Prochnow
Features
Filter size
DBL
Taking Lens Name acc. to Parker Name acc. to Evans
200,000 601,000 1932‑1934 Standard 4.5
Roll-film B 2-8 or 120, 12 exp
TL: A28.5 mm,
VL: A28.5 mm
CZJ Tessar 4.5/7.5 cm Original Standard
Rolleiflex Model 620
Old Standard
Rolleiflex (type 2)
200,000 601,000 1932-1935 Standard 3.8
Roll-film B 2-8 or 120, 12 exp
TL: A28.5 mm,
VL: A28.5 mm
CZJ Tessar 3.8/7.5 cm Original Standard
Rolleiflex Model 621
Old Standard
Rolleiflex (type 1)
200,000 601,000 1934-1938 Standard 3.5
Roll-film B 2-8 or 120, 12 exp
From 1935: Compur Rapid shutter
1/500 s, sliding cover for red window,
DIN data on exposure table
TL: A28.5 mm,
VL: A28.5 mm
CZJ Tessar 3.5/7.5 cm Original Standard
Rolleiflex Model 622
Old Standard
Rolleiflex (type 3)
Rolleiflex Automat
Start at № End at № Produced Name according to Prochnow
Features
Filter size
DBL
Taking Lens Name acc. to Parker Name acc. to Evans
568,516 610,645 1937‑1938 Automat model 1
Automatic film transport with 120 film,
shutter cocked when film transported,
double exposure protection,
double film transport protection
TL: Bay I, A28.5 mm
VL: A28.5 mm
DBL: 42 mm
CZJ Tessar 3.5/7.5 cm Automat 6x6 Model 1 Automatic Rolleiflex
(type 1)
610,645 804,999 1938-1939 Automat model 2
Automatic film transport with 120 film,
shutter cocked when film transported,
double exposure protection,
double film transport protection
TL: Bay I, A28.5 mm
VL: A28.5 mm
DBL: 42 mm
CZJ Tessar 3.5/7.5 cm Automat 6x6 Model 1 Automatic Rolleiflex
(type 2)
805,000 1,099,999 1939-1949 Automat model 3
Automatic film transport with 120 film,
shutter cocked when film transported,
double exposure protection,
double film transport protection
Bay I, A28.5 mm
DBL: 42 mm
CZJ Tessar 3.5/7.5 cm
Opton
Tessar 3.5/7.5 cm
Schneider
Xenar 3.5/7.5 cm
Automat 6x6 Model 2 Automatic Rolleiflex
(type 3)
New Standard Rolleiflex
Start at № End at № Produced Name according to Prochnow
Features
Filter size
DBL
Taking Lens Name acc. to Parker Name acc. to Evans
806,000 927,999 1939‑1941 Standard Neu
Economy model based on Automat model 2,
without automatic film transport,
with sliding cover for red window,
with Compur Rapid shutter.
Only 8340 cameras made.
Bay I
DBL: 42 mm
CZJ Tessar 3.5/7.5 cm New Standard Rolleiflex New Standard Rolleiflex

Notes

[1]
The same number range was used for several camera models. Only 10 proto-types were made. Back
[2]
Features are only described when necessary to distinguish between cameras from a single production run or in case of special interest. Not all features are listed. Back
[3]
TL is taking lens, VL is viewing lens. A24 is ‘push on’ type (Germ. ‘Aufsteck’) 24 mm diameter. On early cameras the filter diameter on VL is larger than TL. The viewing lens had a greater aperture and thus needed a larger filter.
The bayonet mount was first introduced on the taking lens and as an outer bayonet only. Later on both lenses only as outer bayonet. Eventually as inner and outer bayonet on both lenses.
D.B.L. is Distance Between taking Lens and viewing lens. It shows how far the reflex mirror is sunk into the taking camera. The basic distance between the lenses would have been ca 60 mm. Back