Rolleiflex 3.5 series

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Soon after the end of WWII Franke & Heidecke started further improvements of their hugely succesfull 6x6 Automat series. This resulted in a series of Rolleiflex 3.5 TLR's which were produced during a period of 27 years.


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Rolleiflex 3.5 (type K4)

Also often called Rolleiflex Automat model X.

  • Production : from 1949 to 1951, about 35.660 units
  • Format : 12 exposures of 6 x 6 cm on 120 type rollfilm.
    Furthermore a Plate adapter for sheet film and a Rolleikin adapter for 35mm film cartridges can be used.
  • Taking lens:
    Carl Zeiss Tessar 1:3.5 f=75mm, Coated.
    or : Zeiss Oberkochen Opton Tessar 1:3.5 f=75mm, Coated.
    or : Schneider-Kreuznach Xenar 1:3.5 f=75mm, Coated.
  • Viewing lens: 1:2.8 f=75mm, coated
  • Filter Bayonet : Both lenses, size 1.
  • Parallax error correction.
  • Shutter: Compur-Rapid X CR00 leafshutter. Speeds 1 to 1/500 sec. and B.
  • Flash synchronization : Sync socket on frontpanel. X synchronization
  • Selftimer
  • Double exposure prevention
  • Color Lacquer : Black
  • Color Leatherette : Black
  • Dimensions WxDxH: 94 x 95 x 143 mm
  • Weight: 980 grams



Rolleiflex 3.5 A (type K4A)

Also often called Rolleiflex Automat model 4.
Only differences with Rolleiflex 3.5 shown.

  • Production : from 1951 to 1954, about 109.000 units
  • Viewing lens: Heidosmat 1:2.8 f=75mm, coated
  • Shutter: Synchro-Compur MX CR00 leafshutter. Speeds 1 to 1/500 sec. and B.
  • Flash synchronization : Sync socket on frontpanel. M and X synchronization
  • On later models use of Rolleifix (tripod attachment) possible
  • Weight: 970 grams



Rolleiflex 3.5 B (type K4B)

Only differences with Rolleiflex 3.5 A shown.

  • Production : from 1954 to 1956, about 94.000 units
  • Exposure adjustments now with an Exposure Value Scale (EVS)
  • Switch to overrule the Double Exposure Prevention
  • Memo disc on Focus knob
  • Use of Rolleifix (tripod attachment) possible
  • Dimensions WxDxH: 99 x 96 x 146 mm
  • Weight: 980 grams



Rolleiflex 3.5 C (type K4C and K41)

Only differences with Rolleiflex 3.5 B shown.

  • Production : from 1956 to 1959, about 43.000 units
  • Taking lens:
    Type K4C : Carl Zeiss Oberkochen Planar 1:3.5 f=75mm, Coated.
    or Type K41 : Schneider-Kreuznach Xenotar 1:3.5 f=75mm, Coated.
  • Filter Bayonet : Both lenses, size 2
  • Lighmeter system : K4C standard and K41 optional, uncoupled, Selenium photo element, 2 ranges, meter in place of the Memo disc
  • Coupled Depth Of Field indicator
  • Dimensions WxDxH: 111 x 96 x 146 mm
  • Weight: 1120 grams



Rolleiflex 3.5 E2 Model 1 (type K4C2)

Only differences with Rolleiflex 3.5 C shown.
Note that the Rolleiflex "3.5 E2" came later on the market than the "3.5 F" and was the result of a demand for a Rolleiflex 3.5 without build-in lightmeter.
In construction it is largely based on the 3.5C

  • Production : from 1959 to 1960, about 2000 units
  • Taking lens:
    Carl Zeiss Oberkochen Planar 1:3.5 f=75mm, Coated.
    or : Schneider-Kreuznach Xenotar 1:3.5 f=75mm, Coated.
  • Removable finder hood
  • Lighmeter system : None, but prepared for an after-sales modification with an uncoupled one, Selenium photo element, 2 ranges, meter in place of the Memo disc
  • Dimensions WxDxH: 112 x 98 x 148 mm


Rolleiflex 3.5 E2 Model 2 (type K4C3)

Only differences with Rolleiflex 3.5 E2 Model 1 shown.
Note that the Rolleiflex "3.5 E2" came later on the market than the "3.5 F" and was the result of a demand for a Rolleiflex 3.5 without build-in lightmeter.
In construction it is largely based on the 3.5C

  • Production : from 1961 to 1962, about 2000 units
  • Prepared for an after-sales modification with a Flat Glass (to improve film flatness) in the film gate


Rolleiflex 3.5 E3 (type K4G)

Only differences with Rolleiflex 3.5 E2 Model 2 shown.
Note that the Rolleiflex "3.5 E3" was produced parallel to the "3.5 F" and was the result of a demand for a Rolleiflex 3.5 F without build-in lightmeter.
In construction it is largely based on the 3.5F.

  • Production : from 1961 to 1965, about 5035 units
  • Taking lens:
    Carl Zeiss Oberkochen Planar 1:3.5 f=75mm, Coated, 6 elements.
    or : Schneider-Kreuznach Xenotar 1:3.5 f=75mm, Coated, 6 elements.
  • Combined lever (MXV) for Selftimer and M- and X-synchronization.



Rolleiflex 3.5 F

Rolleiflex 3.5 F Model 1 (type K4D)

Only differences with Rolleiflex 3.5 C shown.

  • Production : from 1958 to 1960, about 20.000 units
  • Shutter: Differential Synchro-Compur MXV CR00 leafshutter. Speeds 1 to 1/500 sec. and B.
  • Lighmeter system : Coupled, Selenium photo element
  • Removable finder hood
  • Combined lever (MXV) for Selftimer and M- and X-synchronization.
  • Dimensions WxDxH: 112 x 98 x 148 mm
  • Weight: 1220 grams


Rolleiflex 3.5 F Model 2 (type K4E)

Only differences with Rolleiflex 3.5 F Model 1 shown.

  • Production : from 1960 to 1960, about 11.500 units
  • No button for LV (Light Value) lock.
  • Prepared for an after-sales modification with a Flat Glass (to improve film flatness) in the film gate (optional)


Rolleiflex 3.5 F Model 3 (type K4F)

Only differences with Rolleiflex 3.5 F Model 2 shown.

  • Production : from 1960 to 1976, about 121.000 units
  • Taking lens:
    Carl Zeiss Oberkochen Planar 1:3.5 f=75mm, Coated, 6 elements.
    or : Schneider-Kreuznach Xenotar 1:3.5 f=75mm, Coated, 6 elements.
  • Shutter: Synchro-Compur MXV CR00 leafshutter. Speeds 1 to 1/500 sec. and B.
  • Rollei differential gear for coupling with the lightmeter

Changes during the production period :

  • From Nov.1965 : Now also 220 film possible, giving 24 exposures 6x6cm
  • From Nov.1965 : No preparation for Flat Glass anymore
  • From halfway 1971 : Smooth pressure plate
  • From halfway 1971 : Plain Frontplate, with text "Rollei-Werke, Franke & Heidecke", the so called White Face




Bibliography

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


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