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  1. Rolleiflex 2.8 A
  2. Rolleiflex 2.8 B
  3. Rolleiflex 2.8 C
  4. Rolleiflex 2.8 D
  1. Rolleiflex 2.8 E and E2
  2. Rolleiflex 2.8 F and E3
  3. Rolleiflex 2.8 GX Model 1 Series
  1. Rolleiflex 2.8 GX Model 2 Series
  2. Rolleiflex 2.8 FX Final Series
  3. Notes
Rolleiflex 2.8 A
Start at № End at № Produced Name according to Prochnow
Features1
Taking Lens Name acc. to Parker Name acc. to Evans
1,101,000 1,116,999 1949-1951 Rolleiflex 2,8 A
Compur-Rapid X/CR0 1/400s
CZJ Tessar
Opton Tessar
Rolleiflex 2.8A Type 1 Rolleiflex 2.8A (type 1)
1,117,000 1,164,999 1949-1951 Rolleiflex 2,8 A
Compur-Rapid X/CR0 1/400s
Rolleikin II
single format back
CZJ Tessar
Opton Tessar
Rolleiflex 2.8A Type 1 Rolleiflex 2.8A (type 1)
1,201,000 1,204,999 1951 Rolleiflex 2,8 A
Compur-Rapid MX/CR0 1/500s
Rolleikin II
2-format back
Opton Tessar Rolleiflex 2.8A Type 2 Rolleiflex 2.8A (type 2)
Rolleiflex 2.8 B
Start at № End at № Produced Name according to Prochnow
Features
Taking Lens Name acc. to Parker Name acc. to Evans
1,220,000 1,220,999 1952-1953 Rolleiflex 2,8 B CZJ Biometar Rolleiflex 2.8B Rolleiflex 2.8B (type 1)
1,260,000 1,260,249 1953-1953 Rolleiflex 2,8 B CZJ Biometar Rolleiflex 2.8B Rolleiflex 2.8B (type 2)

Common Features: Compur-Rapid MX 1/500s, M and X synchronisation.

Rolleiflex 2.8 C
Start at № End at № Produced Name according to Prochnow
Features
Taking Lens Name acc. to Parker Name acc. to Evans
1,260,250 1,285,999 1954-1955 Rolleiflex 2,8 C
From No. 1,267,000 groove in
tripod plate for Rolleifix.
CZ Planar Rolleiflex 2.8C Rolleiflex 2.8C (type 1)
1,292,000 1,299,9992 1952-1955 Rolleiflex 2,8 C Schneider Xenotar Rolleiflex 2.8C Rolleiflex 2.8C (type 1)
1,400,000 1,475,405 1952-1955 Rolleiflex 2,8 C Schneider Xenotar
CZ Planar3
Rolleiflex 2.8C Rolleiflex 2.8C (type 2)

Common Features: Synchro-Compur MXV/CR0, M and X synchronisation, delayed action.

Rolleiflex 2.8 D
Start at № End at № Produced Name according to Prochnow
Features
Taking Lens Name acc. to Parker Name acc. to Evans
1,600,000 1,620,100 1955-1956 Rolleiflex 2,8 D CZ Planar
Schneider Xenotar
Rolleiflex 2.8D Rolleiflex 2.8D

Common Features: Exposure Value System, aperture wheel and shutter speed wheel coupled, push button to disconnect; Synchro-Compur MXV/CR0; M and X synchronisation; delayed action.

Rolleiflex 2.8 E and E2
Start at № End at № Produced Name according to Prochnow
Features
Taking Lens Name acc. to Parker Name acc. to Evans
1,621,000 1,665,999 1956-1959 Rolleiflex 2,8 E
2-range uncoupled Se exposure meter
CZ Planar
Schneider Xenotar
Rolleiflex 2.8E Rolleiflex 2.8E
2,350,000 2,357,999 1959-1960 Rolleiflex 2,8 E2
Optional 2-range uncoupled Se exposure meter
CZ Planar
Schneider Xenotar
Rolleiflex 2.8E 2 Rolleiflex 2.8 E2

Common Features: Exposure Value System, aperture wheel and shutter speed wheel either coupled or uncoupled, also push button to disconnect; Synchro-Compur MXV/CR0; M and X synchronisation; delayed action.

Rolleiflex 2.8 F and E3
Start at № End at № Produced Name according to Prochnow
Features
Taking Lens Name acc. to Parker Name acc. to Evans
2,400,000 2,442,133 1960-1966 Rolleiflex 2,8 F
Flat Glass option
CZ Planar
Schneider Xenotar4
Rolleiflex 2.8F Rolleiflex 2.8F (type 1/2)
2,360,000 2,362,024 1962-1965 Rolleiflex 2,8 E3
F model, without coupled exposure meter
Optional 2-range exposure meter
Flat Glass option
CZ Planar
Schneider Xenotar
Rolleiflex 2.8E 3 Rolleiflex 2.8 E3
2,442,134 2,454,999 1966-1967 Rolleiflex 2,8 F
Flat Glass option
12/24 exp.
CZ Planar Rolleiflex 2.8F Rolleiflex 2.8F (type 1/2)
2,455,000 2,475,999 1967-1971 Rolleiflex 2,8 F
12/24 exp.
Mid 1971: ‘White-face’5
CZ Planar Rolleiflex 2.8F Rolleiflex 2.8F (type 1/2)
2,476,000 2,479,999 1971-1973 Rolleiflex 2,8 F
12/24 exp.
Flat film pressure plate, revised film-gate
Mid 1971: ‘White-face’
CZ Planar Rolleiflex 2.8F Rolleiflex 2.8F (type 1/2)
2,950,000 2,984,999 1973-1981 Rolleiflex 2,8 F
12/24 exp.
Flat film pressure plate, revised film-gate
‘White-face’
Schneider Xenotar
CZ Planar
Rolleiflex 2.8F Rolleiflex 2.8F (type 2)
8,300,001 8,301,500 1983 Rolleiflex 2,8 F Aurum Schneider Xenotar Rolleiflex 2.8F Aurum Rolleiflex 2.8F Aurum
2,985,001 2,985,500 1984-1985 Rolleiflex 2,8 F Edition 1984
Platin 001/500 - 500/500
CZ Planar6 HFT Rolleiflex 2.8F Platin Rolleiflex 2.8F Platin Edition

Common Features: Single range exposure meter mechanically coupled to both shutter and aperture (except for E3). Synchro-Compur MXV/CR0, M and X synchronisation, delayed action.

Rolleiflex 2.8 GX Model 1 Series
Produced from Produced until Number Name Taking Lens Particulars
08/1987 03/1994 10,200 Rolleiflex 2.8 GX
Model 1, Black Series
Rollei Planar 2.8/80 HFT Coded Serial Number7
Synchro-Compur X/CR0 shutter
Aperture scale from 2.8 to 22
shutter speeds scale from 500 - 1, B
From 1989 chrome ring around flash socket.
From 03/1991 chrome frame around ISO
memory compartment on the back.
1989 1989 1,500 Rolleiflex 2.8 GX
Model 1, 60 Years Rolleiflex Edition
Special Series
Rollei Planar 2.8/80 HFT Coded Serial Number.
Synchro-Compur X/CR0 shutter
Aperture scale from 2.8 to 22
shutter speeds scale from 500 - 1, B
12/1991 1992 500 Rolleiflex 2.8 GX
Model 1, Helmut Newton Edition
Special Series
Rollei Planar 2.8/80 HFT Coded Serial Number.
Synchro-Compur X/CR0 shutter
Aperture scale from 2.8 to 22
shutter speeds scale from 500 - 1, B
03/1994 01/1995 500 Rolleiflex 2.8 GX
Model 1, Expression 94 Special Series
Rollei Planar 2.8/80 HFT Coded Serial Number.
Synchro-Compur X/CR0 shutter
Aperture scale from 2.8 to 22
shutter speeds scale from 500 - 1, B
05/1994 12/1994 33 Rolleiflex 2.8 GX
Model 1, Gold Expression 94
Special Series
Rollei Planar 2.8/80 HFT Coded Serial Number.
Synchro-Compur X/CR0 shutter
Aperture scale from 2.8 to 22
shutter speeds scale from 500 - 1, B
65 years TLR Jubilee
09/1995 09/1995 130 Rolleiflex 2.8 GX
Model 1, Japan Edition Special Series
Rollei Planar 2.8/80 HFT Coded Serial Number.
Seiko Nr 0 shutter, although Synchro-Compur
cannot be ruled out.
Aperture scale from 22 to 2.8
shutter speeds scale from B, 1 - 500
Serial Numbers 001/130 - 130/130

Common features: Centre-weighted average light-metering by two Si photo elements behind the mirror. X-synchronisation only. SL66-style strap hinges. The focusing knob has a rubber rim. The Planars were produced at the Rollei factory under licence from Carl Zeiss.

Rolleiflex 2.8 GX Model 2 Series
Produced from Produced until Number Name Taking Lens Particulars
01/1995 12/1995 900 Rolleiflex 2.8 GX
Model 2, 75 Years Rollei Edition
Special Series
Rollei Planar 2.8/80 HFT Coded Serial Number.
Synchro-Compur X/CR0 shutter
Aperture scale from 2.8 to 22
shutter speeds scale from 500 - 1, B
or Seiko Nr 0 shutter
Aperture scale from 22 to 2.8
shutter speeds scale from B, 1 - 500
07/1995 12/1996 1000 Rolleiflex 2.8 GX
Model 2, Expression Series
Rollei Planar 2.8/80 HFT Coded Serial Number.
Copal Nr 0 shutter
Aperture scale from 22 to 2.8
shutter speeds scale from B, 1 - 500
1996 1996 100 Rolleiflex 2.8 GX
Model 2, Club Rollei Jersey
Special Series
Rollei Planar 2.8/80 HFT Coded Serial Number.
Seiko Nr 0 shutter
Aperture scale from 22 to 2.8
shutter speeds scale from B, 1 - 500
1996 2000 1000 Rolleiflex 2.8 GX
Model 2, Royal
Special Series
Rollei Planar 2.8/80 HFT Coded Serial Number.
Seiko Nr 0 shutter
Aperture scale from 22 to 2.8
shutter speeds scale from B, 1 - 500

Common features: Centre-weighted average light-metering by two Si photo elements behind the mirror. X-synchronisation only, System 6000-style strap hinges. The slotted lid of the battery compartment in the focusing knob is obscured by an additional cover. The focusing knob has a chrome rim. The Planars were produced at the Rollei factory under licence from Carl Zeiss.

Rolleiflex 2.8 FX Final Series
Produced until Number Name Taking Lens Particulars
2015 Rolleiflex 2.8 FX S-Apogon 2.8/80 HFT Coded Serial Number.
Aperture scale from 22 to 2.8
shutter speeds scale from B, 1 - 500
Inner and outer Bayonet III as usual
2015 Rolleiflex 2.8 FX‑N S-Apogon 2.8/80 HFT Coded Serial Number.
Aperture scale from 22 to 2.8
shutter speeds scale from B, 1 - 500
Close focusing up to 55 cm
Outer Bayonet IV, no inner bayonet
For using filters an adaptor is needed and
available from Rolleiflex USA.

Common features: Centre-weighted average light-metering by two Si photo elements behind the mirror. X-synchronisation only. Classic ‘alligator’-style strap hinges like 2.8 F. The S-Apogon lens is said to be similar to the Planar. That makes sense. Both lenses were produced at the Rolleiflex factory. My guess is that they are identical, except for he lens name.

Notes

[1]
Features are only described to distinguish between cameras from a single production run or in case of special interest. Not all features are listed. Back
[2]
Prochnow gives 1,292,999 as the highest number of this batch. I have been in contact with the owner of Rolleiflex 2.8 C № 1,299,993. The next batch starts at № 1,300,.. so I have set the highest number of this batch at 1,299,999. Back
[3]
This number range was allocated to Xenotars, however Planars are known. № 1444565 is equiped with Planar № 19665 from Carl Zeiss, Oberkochen. Back
[4]
Early Rolleiflex 2.8 F cameras with Xenotars were marketed at least in some countries in the 1960s. A U.K. sales leaflet with the Xenotar ordering code exists.
Anecdotal information: The leaflet shows the mysterious product codes like “XUCIX”. These were telegraph codes. At a time when mail took a long time to be delivered and the telephone was expensive and the lines were poor quality, ordering by wire was reliable but could be expensive too. To cut costs large companies would have a short ‘telegram address’ and products had short coded names in order to minimise the number of words and thus cost. The ‘Rollei-Werke Franke & Heidecke, Salzdahlumer Strasse 196, 68 Braunschweig, Germany’ used the telegram address ‘Rolleiflex Germany’. Just two words and the German Postamt would know where to deliver. When ordering a Rolleiflex f/2.8F Xenotar with coupled exposure meter with factory installed Flat glass and Flat glass back the content of your telegram would simply be “XUCIX FLADD”. Back
[5]
Mid 1971 a shiny silver name plate with small print around the taking lens was introduced. This was just a purely cosmetic change. Later it became the sought after ‘White-face’. Camera № 2473336 is a ‘Whiteface’. Camera № 2478095 is a ‘White-face’ but still has the film pressure plate with 4 long dents to cover the rails for 120 size film and 35 mm film when the Rolleikin is mounted. It has the camera-side without the 12/24 exposures switch. The pressure plate has two positions: 120 size and 35 mm. There is no provision for the Flat glass. The arrivals of the ‘White-face’ and the new new pressure plate did not coincide. The number of the first ‘White-face’ is unknown, the change happened in mid series. Cameras with the old style pressure plate were still made after № 2476000. № 2950197 has a White-face, a Planar lens and the old style grooved pressure plate. № 2954489 has a White-face, 12/24 exp, a Xenotar and the grooved pressure plate. Back
[6]
This batch of Planars was a special order with Carl Zeiss Oberkochen. Planars for the Rolleiflex had not been ordered for more than a decade. The Planars were multi-coated - probably T* - but labelled HFT for reasons of uniformity. HFT is Rollei's registered trade-mark for multi-coating. Back
[7]
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