Rolleicord Vb

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The Rolleicord Vb is the last model in a long line of Rolleicords which started in 1933 and ended in 1977 and were produced by Franke & Heidecke and later on by Rollei-Werke in Braunschweig, Germany.

It is a medium format TLR camera that uses 120 type Rollfilm. 12 6x6cm square images can be captured for each roll of 120 film. There are 2 Mask-sets available. One set gives 16 images in size 4x4cm or 4x5.5cm. Another set gives 24 images in 28x40mm or 24x36mm. These mask-sets also contain the right film counter which is exchangeable on the Vb.
By using an optional Rolleikin adapter 135 format film cartridges can be used.

A major difference with its predecessor, the Va, is that it has a removable hood and the viewer screen can be easily accessed for cleaning or swap with another type.

All Vb's were equipped with a Schneider-Kreuznach Xenar 1:3.5 75mm lens. Viewing lens is a Heidosmat 1:3.2 75mm. Before both lenses is a Bayonet mount Size 1 for filters, lens hood, etc..

Rolleicord Vb version 1

This first version was produced from 1962 till 1966, about 44.500 units.
The shutter is a Deckel Synchro-Compur MXV/CR00 offering speeds from 1 till 1/500 second, a B setting, a selftimer and X and M flash-synchronisation.

Rolleicord Vb version 2

This second version was produced from 1966 till 1970, about 30.500 units (together with version 3).
The shutter is a Deckel Synchro-Compur XV/CR00 offering speeds from 1 till 1/500 second, a B setting, a selftimer and X flash-synchronisation.

Rolleicord Vb version 3

This third version was produced from 1970 till 1977, about 30.500 units (together with version 2).
It is in fact not a separate version but merely a version 2 with another frontplate, the so called "white face".

Rolleicord Vb special versions

Special versions were made for Philips, an electronics company in The Netherlands and for the German Police (Polizei).

Philips ordered from Rollei in the period 1965 till 1967 special sets for photographing oscilloscope screens on Polaroid film. Such a set contained a.o. a Vb (grey leatherette), Polaroid film back and an adapter, called Rolleicopi, which corrected the viewer hood for the lengthened film path and larger Parallax error.

The total production number of these special versions was about 1.500 units.



  • Claus Prochnow, Rollei Report 2, Braunschweig, Lindemanns Verlag, 2008, ISBN 3-89506-220-0.