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Editor Ferdi Stutterheim

Tele-Rolleiflex
Start at № End at № Produced Name according to Prochnow
Features1
Filter size Taking Lens Name acc. to Parker Name acc. to Evans
S 2,300,000 S 2,306,419 1959-1965 Tele-Rolleiflex model 1
Flat Glass
Focusing range ∞ - 2.6 m
Bay III Sonnar 4/135 Tele Rolleiflex Tele Rolleiflex
(type 1)
S 2,306,420 S 2,306,871 1965-1966 Tele-Rolleiflex Zwischenmodel
Flat Glass
Focusing range ∞ - 2.6 m
12/24 exp.
Bay III Sonnar 4/135 Tele Rolleiflex Tele Rolleiflex
(type 1/2)
S 2,306,872 S 2,308,498 1966-1975 Tele-Rolleiflex model 2
Focusing range ∞ - 2.6 m
12/24 exp.
Bay III Sonnar 4/135 Tele Rolleiflex Tele Rolleiflex
(type 2)
Rolleiflex 4.0 FT Final Series
Produced Number Name Filter size Taking Lens Particulars
-2015 Rolleiflex 4.0 FT Bay IV Tele Xenar 4.0/135 HFT
T Apogon 4.0/135 HFT
Made by Francke & Heidecke.
Made by DHW Fototechnik.
Coded Serial Number.2
Shutter speeds scale from B, 1 - 500
Focusing range ∞ - 1.5 m.

Classic ‘alligator’-style strap hinges like 2.8 F. The T-Apogon lens is said to be similar to the Tele-Xenar. That makes sense. All lenses were produced at the Rolleiflex factory. My guess is they are exactly the same, except for he trade name.

Notes

[1]
Features are described to distinguish between cameras from a single production run or in case of special interest. Back
[2]
The coded serial number has 7 digits, № 6036942 for instance. The first digit plus 5 (the key) represents the year of manufacture, in this example 6+5=11. When the sum is over 10, distract 10. 11-10=1. One has to guess the decade and the century! Knowing this number belongs to a black 2.8 GX, the year would be 1991.
The digits placed in the second and third position, (in our example “03”) are for factory internal use. They are called the Index.
The digits in 4th and 5th position minus 20 give the calendar week in the year of production. In our example the digits 4 and 5 are “69”. 69-20=49 so the camera was manufactured in the 49th week of 1991.
The digits 6 and 7 stand for the sequential number of the camera. In our example “42” means that the camera was the number 42 manufactured in the 49th week of 1991 with an index of 03.
For those who are interested: № 6036942 was seen in auction. It is a 2.8 GX ‘Helmut Newton Edition’ camera. Back