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Rolleiflex T
Photograph of Rolleiflex T ‘White-face’. This is the Rolleiflex T with №2316388. It is one of the last T’s fitted with a Tessar, before the switch to Xenar. The Synchro-Compur XV shutter cover shows a ‘V’ and a flash sign. ‘V’ stands for delayed action (Germ: ‘Vorlaufwerk’, the timer that runs before the shutter is released).

Serial Numbers List

Rolleiflex T

Start at № End at № Number
made
Produced Name acc. to Prochnow /
Features1
Taking Lens Name acc. to Parker Name acc. to Evans
T 2 100 000 T 2 150 999 58 000 1958-1961 Rolleiflex T model 1
Grey leather
Synchro‑Compur MXV CR00 shutter,
M and X flash sync, delayed action release.
12/16 exp. on 120 film
CZ Tessar
OPTON Te
Rolleiflex T 1 Rolleiflex T (type 1)
T 2 151 000 T 2 155 999 1961 Rolleiflex T model 1
Grey leather
Synchro‑Compur MXV CR00 shutter,
M and X flash sync, delayed action release.
12/16 exp. on 120 film.
Dual-format Rolleikin2 back.
Optional Rolleikin masks.
T 2 156 000 T 2 156 249 250 06/1961 Rolleiflex T Sonderausführung 24
(Special Production 24)
Grey leather
Synchro-Compur XV CR00 shutter,
X flash sync, delayed action release.
12/24 exp. on 120 film.
Dual-format Rolleikin back.
Optional Rolleikin masks.
CZ Tessar
OPTON Te
T 2 157 000 T 2 189 999 43 000 1961-1964 Rolleiflex T model 2
Black leather
Synchro-Compur MXV CR00 shutter,
M and X flash sync, delayed action release.
12/16 exp. on 120 film
m or ft scales
Dual-format Rolleikin back.
Optional Rolleikin masks.
CZ Tessar
OPTON Te
Rolleiflex T 1 Rolleiflex T (type 1)
T 2 190 000 T 2 199 999 1964-1966 Rolleiflex T model 2
Black leather
Synchro-Compur MXV CR00 shutter,
M and X flash sync, delayed action release.
12/16 exp. on 120 film
m and ft scales
Dual-format Rolleikin back.
Optional Rolleikin masks.
CZ Tessar
OPTON Te
Rolleiflex T 2 Rolleiflex T (type 2)
T 2 199 000 T 2 249 999 28 000 1966-1970 Rolleiflex T model 3
Black leather
Synchro-Compur XV CR00 shutter,
X flash sync, delayed action release.
12/16 exp. on 120 film
m and ft scales
Dual-format Rolleikin back.
Optional Rolleikin masks.
CZ Tessar
OPTON Te
Rolleiflex T 2 Rolleiflex T (type 3)
T 2 310 000 T 2 320 449 1970-1976 Rolleiflex T model 3
Black leather
Synchro-Compur XV CR00 shutter,
X flash sync, delayed action release.
12/16 exp. on 120 film
m and ft scales
Dual-format Rolleikin back.
Optional Rolleikin masks.
“White-face”3
CZ Tessar
OPTON Te
Schneider Xenar4
Rolleiflex T 2/3 Rolleiflex T (type 3)

Common Particulars: No film feeler, no automatic film feed to frame 1. Bright focusing screen.
User options: Dual range exposure meter (E-type meter). Rolleikin counter and rewind knobs.

Notes

[1]
Features are described to distinguish between cameras from a single production run or in case of special interest. Back
[2]
From № T 2,151,000 the Rolleiflex T is prepared for the Rolleikin set. The cameras are fitted with the Roleikin dual format back and the finder is fit to accept the Rolleikin masks. The masks are seperately sold as Rolleikin set. The set may or may not contain the Rolleikin counter knob. Exchanging a film spool holder for the counter knob has to be done by the user. That involves no more loosening three little screws, exchanging the knob and fastening three screws. The counter knob needs 3 different screws! When buying, make sure they and the leather cover disk are included in the sale. The leather disk is just cosmetic, the counter knob without its screws is useless. Back
[3]
In 1970/1 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". Back
[4]
After the remaining stock of Tessars had been used, the Xenars of the Rolleicord were mounted. That was around № 2315362. The present owner of this camera, my friend Emmanuel Bigler, contributor to this website, claims to own the last made Tessar fitted Rolleiflex T. He purchased it as a user camera and now it has turned into a collector’s item :-). Well, sort of the last one, that is. In January 2017 I received an e-mail from the owner of Rolleiflex T № 2316388. It is fitted with a Tessar. Back

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