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Wide-Angle Rolleiflex 2383, Photo F.W. Stutterheim
Wide-Angle Rolleiflex. A modern Rolleiflex 4.0 FW lens cap is mounted on this classic Wide-Angle Rolleiflex. The camera has no serial number. It has the ‘half moons’ under the strap holders and can take only 12 frames. That makes it a model 1.
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Serial Numbers Lists

Wide-Angle Rolleiflex

Start at № End at № Number made Produced Name according to Prochnow
Taking Lens Name acc. to Parker Name acc. to Evans
2 490 000 2 493 501 3 502 1961 - 1965 Weitwinkel‑Rolleiflex model 1
"Half Moon" under strap holder.
CZ Distagon 4/55 Wide‑Angle Rolleiflex Wide‑Angle Rollei
2 493 502 2 493 905 404 1965 - 1967 Weitwinkel-Rolleiflex model 2
"Half Moon" up to 1966.
12/24 exp.
CZ Distagon 4/55 Wide-Angle Rolleiflex Wide-Angle Rollei

Common Particulars: Serial number with prefix ‘W’. Newton Finder. Bayonet IV. Flat Glass. Synchro-Compur MXV CR0 shutter, M and X sychronisation, delayed action shutter release.

Rolleiflex 4.0 FW

Produced from Produced until Number made Name Taking Lens Particulars
2002 2015 unknown Rolleiflex 4.0 FW Schneider Super Angulon 4/50 HFT
Rollei W-Apogon 4/50 Rollei-HFT
Made by Francke & Heidecke.
Made by DHW Fototechnik.
Coded Serial Number.
Aperture scale from 22 to 4
Shutter speeds scale from B, 1 - 500
Focusing range ∞ - 60 cm

Particulars: No Newton Finder. Bayonet IV. The Distagon had to be replaced for a Super-Angulon. Certain glass types were no longer available. The W-Apogon lens is said to be similar to the Super-Angulon. That makes sense. Both lenses were produced at the Rolleiflex factory. My guess is they are exactly the same, except for the trade names. Classic holders for ‘alligator’-style straps like the 2.8 F.


Particulars are described to distinguish between cameras from a single production run or in case of special interest. Back