Rolleiflex 2.8F Type 1, SN-2422032,
​Circa 1964

About 35,000 produced from 1929-32. 75mm Tessar 4.5 or 3.8 Lens.The Rolleiflex Original 612, second of the series namesake, will differ from the 611 as the most wide open of its optics with the sharp Tessar 75mm f 3.8 instead of the f. 4.5.  Ours is the Model I without distance scale on the focusing knob, the earliest type, and is in very nice condition (EX++ or better) and comes with its original leather carrying case which we have had re-sewn and its original lens cap. A very nice collectors piece as is and we have cleaned the lenses and confirmed that it is in working order so it is fine for use as well.


$425

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Rolleiflex 3.5A, AKA: (Automat Type 4), MX, Type 4, S/N:1230595, Circa 1951

About 95,000 produced from 1932-38. 75mm Tessar 4.5, 3.8 or 3.5 lens. Compur Rapid shutter 1/500 to 1, B + T ( early versions Compur to 1/300 ). 28.5mm Taking lens filter. Heidoscop Anastigmat 75mm F3.1 viewing lens. 


This is one of the nicest Old Standards we have ever seen. Check the photos, it is all in original condition with original box, case, cap, and paperwork. It is definately a collector's camera and we have not have had it CLA's, although did give it a thorough cleaning. For use it should go in for some lube and adjustments to make it perfect. 


$550 with Case, cap & Strap

Rolleiflex 2.8F-Type 2-Planar-SN-2465465,
Circa 1967

Rolleiflex-Old Standard-SN-380108, Model 622,
Circa early 1930's

Serial # 1200001-1474999 from 1951-54. 75mm Tessar 3.5, Opton 75/3.5 or Xenar 75/3.5 lens. After Serial # 128xxxx, internal baffles added. Synchro Compur shutter 1/500 to 1, B + T and MX sync.


Nice old Rolleiflex that we have cleaned and checked at home. The lenses are in excellent condition with just some minor cleaning marks. The shutter speeds sound good except the very low speeds (0.5 & 1 second) are a bit slow. Could use a CLA but is working fine as it is for now. Condition about EX+++ or better.


​$475 with case and cap

2.8F White Face-Planar S/N-2473130,Type 2

Rolleiflex 3.5 T, Grey Type 1 (or Model 2)
​SN-2101025, Circa 1963

Serial # 1600000-1620100 from 1955-56. About 20,100 made. 80mm Xenotar 2.8 or Planar 80/2.8 lens. Very similiar to 2.8C, now has EVS System, double exposure capability. Heidosmat 80mm F2.8 viewing lens. Synchro-Compur shutter 1/500 to 1, B. Bay III.


This nice camera comes with its full case, strap & lens cap. Cosmetically it is excellent, about EX+++ in our view with some cleaning marks and other signs of use. It is missing a small screw on the back door, but this does not affect anything as the door closes and locks light tight. The viewing lens has some coating discoloration which also has no affect. 


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Rolleiflex Old Standard, MX, MX-EVS, 3.5T, 3.5E, 3.5F, 2.8E and 2.8F including White Face models can be found below. We love the quality feel of these Masterpieces! 

Rolleiflex 2.8C-Xenotar, Type 2-SN-1467173 , Circa 1955

Serial # 1428001-1739999 from 1954-56. 75mm Tessar 3.5, Opton 75/3.5 or Xenar 75/3.5 lens. Internal baffles added, larger focus knob, EVS system. Synchro Compur shutter 1/500 to 1, B + T and MX sync with EVS system. 

Condition about Mint-/EX+++, a beautiful example of this old beauty. We have had it CLA'd here, they call it 95% of new condition. The Lenses are clean and clear, body has very few usage marks at all. Have a look at the pics below for exact condition. Comes with its original Case & Cap.




$625

Rolleiflex 2.8D Planar-SN-1600733
​Circa 1955

Rolleiflex 3.5B-Automat Type 5 MX-EVS-SN- 1471804

Rolleiflex "Original", The Worlds First TLR Camera 
Model 612, ​SN-54226, Circa 1929


Serial # 1400000-1475405 from 1954-55. Mostly fitted with 80mm Planar F2.8 lens, some early with Xenotar lens. Internal baffles added, larger focus knob, adjustable focusing magnifier. Heidosmat 80mm F2.8 viewing lens. Parallax control. Bay III. Synchro-Compur. 3 point accessory mask on hood. Bay III.


A very beautiful example of the 2.8C model that has been CLA'd in May 2016 and is working like new. They gave it 98% of New condition in their estimation, or about MINT- in our parlance. Suitable for collecting but also will still perform perfectly. No light meters on these older models, but their lenses are the same up through the last 2.8F and so are optically excellent. Only very minor cleaning marks so this 60 year old beauty will still perform at the top of its game, don't let its age fool you! Its original case and cap are included and are still quite nice as well.



​​​SOLD

Serial # 2442132-2984999 from 1965-81. Early, mostly 80mm Planar F2.8 lens. Factory installed 12/24 Frame counter. 1966 version still accepted plate glass back, post 1967 does not. Post 1973 models were mostly fitted with 80mm Xenotar F2.8 lens. Coupled Meter was optional, but most were installed. Synchro-Compur shutter 1/500 to 1, B 


This is the later White Face version in excellent condition. It has been CLA'd here in Thailand and is working great, including the light meter. We would call it about Mint-/EX+++, there are just a few minor signs of usage, but nothing major, a few light cleaning marks. The previous owner did some minor paint touch-up that is barely noticable.  Good for using or collecting and includes Cap & nice Case.


$2,450

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Rolleiflex 3.5B-SN-1448658, (MX-EVS Type 1)
​Circa 1954 

Serial # 2442132-2984999 from 1965-81. Early, mostly 80mm Planar F2.8 lens. Factory installed 12/24 Frame counter. 1966 version still accepted plate glass back, post 1967 does not. Post 1973 models were mostly fitted with 80mm Xenotar F2.8 lens. Coupled Meter was optional, but most were installed. Synchro-Compur shutter 1/500 to 1, B 


This example is in about EX+++ condition, some usage signs but overall in excellent condition. It has been CLA'd by us so it should be good to go for decades. There are some cleaning marks on the lenses but nothing to affect normal photography. Good for using or collecting. 


$1,950 with CLA, Case, cap & Strap

Serial # 2400000-2442133 from 1960-66. 80mm Planar F2.8. Coupled Meter, Detachable hood, improved focus screen. Synchro-Compur shutter 1/500 to 1, B. Bay III. 12 frame counter, 12/24 counter optional as an add on. 1965-66 models accepted plate glass back. 


This example is in about M-/EX+++ condition, some usage signs but overall in beautiful condition. It has also been CLA'd and is working fine, light meter as well but accuracy not confirmed. The lenses are in great shape, very few cleaning marks. Perfect for using or collecting. 


$1,650 with CLA, Case, cap & Strap

Serial # 1428001-1739999 from 1954-56. 75mm Tessar 3.5, Opton 75/3.5 or Xenar 75/3.5 lens. Internal baffles added, larger focus knob, EVS system. Synchro Compur shutter 1/500 to 1, B + T and MX sync with EVS system. 


Condition about EX++ overall. Lenses good to excellent, view screen and mirror are near mint. The body shows a few signs of use but overall nice. The aperture mechanism is a bit stiff and the low shutter speeds are a bit slow, but close. It can be used as is but would benefit from a CLA someday. Comes with full case & Cap.


$455

The Great Planar vs Zenotar & Tessar vs Xenar debate, or "Much Ado about Nothing"... Our Thoughts: 


There has been much written on this subject over the past 50 or 60 years, just Google it and you will find dozens of articles on the subject, some highly technical. Perhaps Carl Zeiss was easier for Americans to pronounce than Schneider Kreuznach, or maybe it was Zeiss's good marketing efforts in the 50's there, but for whatever reason some pedantic 'collector's" have elevated the Zeiss fitted cameras above the Schneider, and for no good reason of which we are aware. Zeiss charged Rollei a bit more for their lenses some of the time, so Rollei had to pass that along, could that be it? Many technical studies have been done and in most cases the Schneider lenses win out for image clarity, at least post WW2, and for some professionals its more a matter of taste, with some saying the Planar are 'softer' (e.g. not as sharp). And I've read that in Europe (Germany) the Schneider Kreuznach are more highly valued... go figure!


BOTH are some of the best lenses ever produced, anytime, anywhere, with unmatched performance.


It is generally assumed that Rollei chose two lens providers, first due to the popularity of their cameras where they may have needed two suppliers to insure production flow was not going to be interrupted should they need more than one could produce, and secondly as insurance in the event one of them had any sudden production difficulties. Seems reasonable to us, and it worked for them.


So for us its back to our #1 Rule: "Buy the best quality you can afford". Finding a Rolleiflex with its lens in great condition is the key, not whether it has Zeiss or Schneider engraved on the lens ring. Either will perform better than our eyes will and I for one would never pay any 'extra' for a Planar just because some 'die hard' collectors like the name, but to each his own as they say...

Serial # 1200001-1474999 from 1951-54. 75mm Tessar 3.5, Opton 75/3.5 or Xenar 75/3.5 lens. After Serial # 128xxxx, internal baffles added. Synchro Compur shutter 1/500 to 1, B + T and MX sync.


This camera is in Ex++ condition and showing very few signs of use. Mechanically it seems to be working well, and with good clean glass. It is working well now but would benefit from a CLA someday. Leather had been black waxed by previous owner and is in good shape. It comes with its original ERC case (User Condition, no strap) and I added a proper lens cap.


$440

Serial # 2100000-2199999 from 1958-66. About 99000? made. Grey and black versions. 75mm Tessar 3.5 lens or Opton 75/3.5 lens. Meter optional. Synchro-Compur MXV shutter 1/500 to 1, B. Rollei expert Alex Pearlman remarks that the Tessar on the Rolleiflex T utilizes Lanthanum glass for improved resolution and color correction. Detachable hood, improved focus screen. Heidosmat 75mm F2.8 viewing lens. Bay I​


A quite usable 3.5T, Type 1 that has just been CLA’d in March 2016. It has quite a few signs of previous usage but is in quite decent cosmetic condition. Shutter, film advance and focusing are all working great. lt has a few signs of use/age but is still a nice camera, see the photos below. There is no light meter on this one. It includes a nice original ERC case with neck strap and original lens cap. It’s not for collecting but will still take nice photos and is more of an entry level user camera, which is reflected in its low price. About EX++ condition for the body and EX+ condition for the lenses. A nice camera to get started with TLR photography, with an easy price.

SOLD           

Rolleiflex 3.5A, AKA: (Automat Type 4), MX,   SN-1259188, Circa 1952