Rolleicord II - Antique and Vintage Cameras

Rolleicord II

1936

Type 1

Franke & Heidecke

Braunschweig

Germany

Image of Rolleicord II Type 1

Lens:
f4.5, 7.5 cm Triotar. Iris diaphragm to f32. Serial no. 1760011 (c. 1936).

Shutter:
Rim-set Compur, speeds 1 - 1/300, B, T. Serial no. 3212670.

Construction:
Leather covered metal body.

Format:
12, 6 x 6 cm exposures on 120 roll-film.

Focusing:
To 3 feet.

Attributes:
Reflex viewing through second lens. Full-size ground glass focusing screen without condenser. Single cross hairs on focusing screen. Parallax adjustment. Mirror in hood for eye-level use. Magnifier in hood.
Automatic stop on film advance after initially setting to 1 in red window, not coupled to shutter.
Depth-of-field scale, exposure table on back. Exposure counter. Removable back.

Identification:
Brown lithographed face plate, F&H logo on hood.

Rolleicord II

1936

Type 1

Franke & Heidecke

Braunschweig

Germany

Image of Rolleicord II Type 1

Lens:
f3.5, 7.5 cm Triotar. Iris diaphragm to f32. Serial no. 1961776 (1937).

Viewing Lens. Serial no. 497025 .

Shutter:
Rim-set Compur, speeds 1 - 1/300, B, T. Serial no. 3410581.

Construction:
Leather covered metal body.

Format:
12, 6 x 6 cm exposures on 120 roll-film.

Focusing:
To 0.8 m.

Attributes:
Reflex viewing through second lens. Full-size ground glass focusing screen without condenser. Single cross hairs on focusing screen. Parallax adjustment. Mirror in hood for eye-level use.
Automatic stop on film advance after initially setting to 1 in red window, not coupled to shutter.
Depth-of-field scale, exposure table on back (English). Exposure counter. Removable back.

Identification:
Lithographed face plate, F&H logo on hood.

With:
Lens caps. Cable release by AGC. Case.

Rolleicord II

1937

Type 2

Franke & Heidecke

Braunschweig

Germany

Image of Rolleicord II Type 2

Lens:
f3.5, 7.5 cm Triotar. Iris diaphragm to f32. Serial no. 1972465 .

Viewing Lens. Serial no. 547549 .

Shutter:
Rim-set Compur, speeds 1 - 1/300, B, T.

Construction:
Vulcanite covered metal body.

Format:
12, 6 x 6 cm exposures on 120 roll-film.

Focusing:
To 0.8 m.

Attributes:
Reflex viewing through second lens. Full-size ground glass focusing screen without condenser. Parallax adjustment. Mirror in hood for eye-level use.
Automatic stop on film advance after initially setting to 1 in red window, not coupled to shutter.
Depth-of-field scale, exposure table on back (German). Exposure counter. Removable back.

Identification:
Lithographed face plate, enclosed shutter.

Rolleicord II

Type 3

1937

Franke & Heidecke

Braunschweig

Germany

Image of Rolleicord II Type 3

Lens:
3.5, 7.5 cm Triotar. Iris diaphragm to f22. Serial no. 2410095 (1938).

Viewing Lens. f3.2, 7.5 cm. Serial no. 694165 .

Shutter:
Rim-set Compur, speeds 1 - 1/300, B, T.

Construction:
Vulcanite covered metal body.

Format:
12, 6 x 6 cm exposures on 120 roll-film.

Focusing:
To 0.8 m.

Attributes:
Reflex viewing through second lens. Full-size ground glass focusing screen without condenser. Single cross hairs on focusing screen. Parallax adjustment. Mirror in hood for eye-level use.
Automatic stop on film advance after initially setting to 1 in red window, not coupled to shutter.
Depth-of-field scale, exposure table on back (English). Exposure counter. Removable back.

Identification:
Cast face plate. Bayonet fitting for accessories on taking lens.

Serial Number:
728841 .

With:

  • Lens caps. Lens hood, bayonet fitting. Ever-ready case.
  • Filters, bayonet fitting - Sport, pale yellow; Gelb, light yellow; Hellgrun, light green.

Rolleicord II

Type 4

1939

Franke & Heidecke

Braunschweig

Germany

Image of Rolleicord II Type 4

Lens:
f3.5, 7.5cm Triotar. Iris diaphragm to f32. Serial no. 3359418 (c. 1943).

Shutter:
Compur Rapid, speeds 1 - 1/500, B.

Construction:
Vulcanite covered metal body.

Format:
12, 6 x 6 cm exposures on 120 roll-film.

Focusing:
To 3 feet.

Attributes:
Reflex viewing through second lens. Full-size ground glass focusing screen without condenser. Parallax adjustment. Mirror in hood for eye-level use. Magnifier in hood.
Automatic stop on film advance after initially setting to 1 in red window, not coupled to shutter.
Depth-of-field scale and exposure guide table on camera back. Exposure counter, manually re-set. Removable back.

Identification:
Bayonet fitting to both lenses.

Serial Number:
1087507 .

With:

  • Rollei-Curtar-1 close-up lens pair. Aluminium bayonet mount. Serial no. 1020987, 1021065.
  • Rolleiparkeil 1, parallax prism for Curtar 1 lens. Aluminium bayonet mount.
  • Sport, pale yellow filter, bayonet mount. Serial no. 1023787.

The Rolleicord II is recognisable in having a mirror in the hood and a frame counter next to the film advance knob. An improvement on the Rolleicord I was the auto-stop on film advance. The price in 1937 was 14.10.0 for the f4.5, 16.10.0 for the f3.5.

The model II went through a number of design changes:

  • Type 1 - 1936 - f3.5 or f4.5 lens. Lithographed name plate. 'Open' shutter. No bayonet. F&H logo on viewing hood.
  • Type 2 - 1937 - f3.5 lens. Shutter enclosed, peep windows for speed and aperture. Bayonet on taking lens. No logo on hood.
  • Type 3 - 1937 - Cast name plate.
  • Type 4 - 1939 - Bayonet on taking and viewing lenses.
  • The lithographed name plate is sometimes in brown rather than black.

References & Notes:
BJA 1937, pp. 256, 628. BJA 1938, pp. 258, 648. BJA 1939, p. 636. Minit&Cine, 1938 p. 55. Minit&Cine, 1939, p. 138. Pearlman, Rollei Manual, 3rd ed. pp. 24, 34.

Illustrations:
Type 1 - BJA 1937, 256. Type 2 - BJA 1938, 648. Type 3 - BJA 1938, 258.

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