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Editor Ferdi Stutterheim

Rolleiflex 4x4, Photo F.W. Stutterheim
Ferdi‘s Postwar Black 4 by 4 Rolleiflex with its dedicated Bayonet I lens hood. Around 4500 Black cameras were made. The shutter release button is like the Rolleiflex T. The Bayonet I 4×4 lens hood has a large cut-out to keep clear of the viewing bayonet. Note that the camera has no serial number on the top of the Rolleiflex name shield. Perhaps the original was replaced for a spare shield.
Photo © 2021 F.W. Stutterheim.

Serial Numbers

Pre-War Rolleiflex 4×4

Start at № End at № Number
made
Produced Name according to Prochnow
Particulars1
Filter size2
DBL
Taking Lens Name acc. to Parker Name acc. to Evans
127 000 523 000 6200 1931-1933 Rolleiflex 4x4 model 1
Compur C00 shutter.
Socket for cable release at the top of the shutter.
BL: ∅ A28.5 mm
DBL: 37 mm
Tessar 3.5/6 cm3 4x4 Baby Rolleiflex 3.5 Original Baby
127 000 523 000 3300 1931-1933 Rolleiflex 4x4 model 1
Compur C00 shutter.
Socket for cable release at the top of the shutter.
BL: ∅ A28.5 mm
DBL: 37 mm
Tessar 2.8/6 cm 4x4 Baby Rolleiflex 2.8 Original Baby
127 000 523 000 300 1933-1934 Rolleiflex 4x4 model 2
Compur C00 shutter.
Socket for cable release at the bottom of the shutter.
Aperture and speed scales above finder lens.
BL: ∅ A28.5 mm
DBL: 37 mm
Tessar 3.5/6 cm 4x4 Baby Rolleiflex Black Baby (type 1)
127 000 523 000 1680 1933-1934 Rolleiflex 4x4 model 2
Compur C00 shutter.
Socket for cable release at the bottom of the shutter.
Aperture and speed scales above finder lens.
BL: ∅ A28.5 mm
DBL: 37 mm
Tessar 2.8/6 cm 4x4 Baby Rolleiflex Black Baby (type 2)
127 000 523 000 140 1934-1936 Rolleiflex 4x4 model 3
Compur-Rapid CR00 shutter.
Socket for cable release at the bottom of the shutter.
Aperture and speed scales above finder lens.
BL: ∅ A28.5 mm
DBL: 37 mm
Tessar 3.5/6 cm 4x4 Baby Rolleiflex Black Baby (type 3)
127 000 523 000 3100 1934-1936 Rolleiflex 4x4 model 3
Compur-Rapid CR00 shutter.
Socket for cable release at the bottom of the shutter.
Aperture and speed scales above finder lens.
BL: ∅ A28.5 mm
DBL: 37 mm
Tessar 2.8/6 cm 4x4 Baby Rolleiflex Black Baby (type 4)
622 000 734 000 2174 1938-1941 Rolleiflex 4x4 model 4
Compur-Rapid CR00 shutter.
Shutter rim covered.
‘Rolleiflex’ in relief.
Socket for cable release at the bottom of the shutter.
Aperture and speed scales above finder lens.
VL: ∅ A28.5 mm
TL: Bay I and
∅ A28.5 mm
DBL: 37 mm
Tessar 2.8/6 cm 4x4 Baby Rolleiflex Sports Rolleiflex
850 000 max. 500 1941-1944 Kriegsmodell Rolleiflex 4x4
(Wartime Model)
Compur-Rapid CR00 shutter.
Shutter rim covered.
‘Rolleiflex’ in relief.
Socket for cable release at the bottom of the shutter.
Aperture and speed scales above finder lens.
VL: ∅ A28.5 mm
TL: Bay I and
∅ A28.5 mm
DBL: 37 mm
Tessar 2.8/6 cm 4x4 Baby Rolleiflex Sports Rolleiflex

Post-War Rolleiflex 4×4

Start at № End at № Number
made
Produced Name according to Prochnow
Particulars
Taking Lens Name acc. to Parker Name acc. to Evans
2 000 001 2 064 999 62250 1957-1963 Rolleiflex 4x4 grau
Grey paint and leather
Xenar 3.5/60 mm4 Baby 4x4 1957 Grey Rolleiflex Grey Baby
2 064 000 2 069 120 4930 1963-1968 Rolleiflex 4x4 schwarz
Black paint and leather5
Xenar 3.5/60 mm Baby 4x4 1963 Black Rolleiflex Post-war Black Baby

Common Particulars: Bayonet I. Synchro-Compur MXV CR00 shutter. Exposure information table on camera back, from 1957 for 12, 25, 50 and 100 ASA; from 1958 for 12, 50, 200, 400 ASA; from 1960 for 12, 50, 200, 400 ASA.

Notes

[1]
Particulars are described to distinguish between cameras from a single production run or in case of special interest. Back
[2]
BL: Both lenses, VL: Viewfinder lens, TL: Taking lens, : Diameter, A: Push on (Ge: Aufsteckfilter), Bay I: Rolleiflex Bayonet I, DBL: Distance between lenses. Back
[3]
Pre-World War II cameras are equipped with Tessars made by Carl Zeiss Jena. Back
[4]
Post-World War II cameras have Xenars made by Schneider Kreuznach. Back
[5]
Prochnow writes that grey and black models are identical except for the colour. Black models have improved film transport and shutter mechanism safety interlock according to Evans. Between № 2 064 000 and 2 064 999 both grey and black models exist. Back