Rolleiflex Standard - Antique and Vintage Cameras

Rolleiflex Standard

1932

Franke & Heidecke

Braunschweig

Germany

Image of Rolleiflex Standard

Lens:
f4.5, 7.5 cm Zeiss Tessar. Iris diaphragm to f22. Serial no. 1358750 (1932).

Viewing lens: f3.1, 7.5 cm Heidoscop Anastigmat. Serial no. 214593 .

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

Construction:
Leather covered metal body.

Format:
12, 6 x 6 cm exposures on B2 (120) roll-film or 6 exposures on B1 (117).

Attributes:
Reflex viewing through second lens. Full-size ground glass focusing screen without condenser with cross hairs giving 25 squares. Focusing magnifier. Eye-level finder in hood.
Auto-stop on film advance after initially setting to 1 in red window, not coupled to shutter. Automatic film counter after initially setting to 1, operated by movement of film advance lever. Two red windows for either B1 or B2 film.

Identification:
No base studs, no back studs, no spirit level, small focusing knob with leather covering, two red windows without covers, crackle finish to hood, cut-out take-up spool spring, flock covering in exposure chamber.

Serial Number:
217046 .

Notes:
This is an early specification Standard. Date on mirror 15/7/32.

With:
Lens caps. Cable release by AGC. Cover for red window.

Rolleiflex Standard

1932

Franke & Heidecke

Braunschweig

Germany

Image of Rolleiflex Standard

Lens:
f3.8, 7.5 cm Zeiss Tessar. Iris diaphragm to f22. Serial no. 1388756 (1932).

Viewing lens: f3.1, 7.5cm Heidoscop Anastigmat. Serial no. 234308 .

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

Construction:
Leather covered metal body.

Format:
12, 6 x 6 cm exposures on B2 (120) roll-film or 6 exposures on B1 (117).

Attributes:
Reflex viewing through second lens. Full-size ground glass focusing screen without condenser with cross hairs giving 25 squares. Focusing magnifier. Eye-level finder in hood.
Auto-stop on film advance after initially setting to 1 in red window, not coupled to shutter. Automatic film counter after initially setting to 1. Two red windows for either B1 or B2 film. Depth-of-field table. Exposure table.

Identification:
No base studs, no back studs, no spirit level, small focusing knob .

Serial Number:
237601 .

Notes:
Date on mirror 29/10/32

With:

  • Lens caps. Cover for red window.
  • Hell, light yellow filter, small black push-on mount. Serial no. 257652. In leather pouch.
  • Proxar 1 set, push-on fitting, brown mounts. Serial no. 388355, 388356.
  • Angle Mirror. For taking exposures at 90 to the subject. Leather case.

This model was available with either an f4.5 or f3.8 lens, it was replaced in 1934 by the improved Standard with f3.5 lens. The price was 22.10.0.

The Angle Mirror was advertised briefly in the mid 1930s but could not have been a success, it was probably available only in a push-on fitting for attachment to the old model Standard.

References & Notes:
BJA 1933, pp. 290, 567. BJA 1934, p. 579.

Rolleiflex Standard

Improved model

1934

Franke & Heidecke

Braunschweig

Germany

Image of Rolleiflex Standard

Lens:
f3.5, 7.5 cm Zeiss Tessar. Iris diaphragm to f22. Serial no. 1633236 (1935).

Viewing lens: f3.1, 7.5 cm Heidoscop Anastigmat. Serial no. 363819 .

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

Construction:
Metal body.

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

Focusing:
To 1.1 m.

Attributes:
Reflex viewing through second lens. Full-size ground glass focusing screen without condenser with cross hairs giving 25 squares. Focusing magnifier. Eye-level finder in hood. Spirit level in lower right corner of screen.
Auto-stop on film advance after initially setting to 1 in red window, not coupled to shutter. Automatic film counter after initially setting to 1.
Depth-of-field table, exposure table.

Identification:
Two studs for base accessories. Two studs on back catches. Large focusing knob.

Serial Number:
369702 .

Notes:
Date on mirror 25.5.35.

With:

  • Lens caps. Cable release by AGC. Neck strap.
  • Lens hood, version with 2 catches, push-on mount marked 'Rolleiflex'.
  • Proxar 1 set, push-on fitting, brown mounts. With leather case marked Rolleiflex, leaflet by C. Zeiss. Serial no. 481360, 481361.
  • Proxar 2 set, push-on fitting, brown mounts. With leather case marked Rolleiflex. Serial no. 509318, 509317.
  • Rolleipar 1, black push-on mount. Serial no. 398397.
  • Rolleipar 2, black push-on mount. Serial no. 397092.
  • UV filter, Large black push-on mount, in leather case. Serial number: 407271.
  • Yellow filter, Hell, large black push-on mount, in leather case. Serial number: 533329.
  • Yellow filter, Mittel, large black push-on mount, in leather case. Serial number: 412868.
  • Green filter, Grun, large black push-on mount. Serial number: 403094.
  • Red filter, Hellrot, large black push-on mount, in leather case. Serial number: 534673.
  • Graduated filter. In leather case.
  • Plate back adapter. Comprises: camera back, focusing screen, 3 plate holders with cut film adapters.
  • Roll-film pressure slide, version with red window.
  • Stereo head. Fixing for camera studs. Serial no. 269309.
  • Iris diaphragm, push fit with clamp. Scaled: f4 - f32, 18/10 DIN. For daylight: 1 - 1/500, f3.5 - f11. For artificial light: 4 - 1/50, f3.5 - f11. Serial no. 4622762.
  • 'Practical Accessories', pamphlet. d. 11/36.

The original Standard was produced in 1932 and had either an f4.5 or f3.8 lens. In 1934 these models were replaced by one with an f3.5 lens and a Compur Rapid shutter having a top speed of 1/500, other minor modifications were also included at the time.

Variations

  • Early models have no studs for the base accessories (e.g. stereo head). Later, c. 1934, these are present.
  • Early models have no studs for the removable back, later one stud was added, later still, prior to 1934, two studs were present.
  • Early models have a small flat focusing knob with leather covering, later the finish is black metal, later still the knob is enlarged and extends further from the camera body.
  • Early models have two red windows for showing the frame numbers on B1, 6 x 6 cm, film and B2, 6 x 9 cm film. These windows are covered by removable disks. Later, 1934, only the B2 window is present and this is covered by a slide.
  • Early models, prior to 1934, have no spirit level.
  • The finish of the focusing hoods varies, some have crackle finish others smooth finish.
  • Early models have cut outs on the take up spool spring. Later it is solid.
  • Late models have a recess near the cable release socket. c. 1934.
  • Late models have a smooth paint finish to the exposure chamber, earlier it was covered in flock.
  • The exposure calculator varies in content.

References & Notes:
BJA 1933, pp. 290, 567. BJA 1934, p. 579. BJA 1935, p. 595. BJA 1936, p. 595. BJA 1937, p. 627. Phot. Journal July 1932, p. 329.

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