Difference between Rolleiflex E and F

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  1. Rolleistef

    Rolleistef TPF Noob!

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    Hi,
    thinking about buying a "new" rolleiflex, I was wondering what the difference was between the 3.5 (or 2.8) E and F. Is it a lens question? Or meter type? Advance knob?
    And do you think I'd better buy my 3.5T, which is very very used and buy a E or F? Or is it worth buying a bit in repair?
    Thanks a lot for your answer,
    Stef
     
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    I've been trying to figure this out also. There doesn't seem to be any difference in the lenses. It seems like maybe the E isn't supposed to have a meter, and the F does. But mine is a 3.5E, and it has a meter, so I don't know what's up. I have a 3.5E planar, and it's a wonderful camera. Probably my favorite camera I own.
     
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    Mitica100 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Here is some info regarding the above models:

    Rollei 2.8E - (FH130) with Zeiss Planar or Xenotar 80mm/2.8; Synchro-Compur MXV shutter 1-1/500.

    Rollei 3.5E - (FH131) with Zeiss Planar or Xenotar 75mm/3.5; Synchro-Compur LXV shutter 1-1/500.

    Rollei 2.8F - (FH133) with Zeiss Planar 75mm/2.8 (coated); Synchro-Compur LXV shutter 1-1/500.

    Rollei 3.5F - (FH132) with Zeiss Planar 75mm/3.5 (coated); Synchro-Compur LXV shutter 1-1/500.




    As far as I can tell the E model uses the Xenotar lens as well as the Planar, also the F model has an extra coating. Note that the E model has a dual range non-coupled meter (the E2 and E3 models had no meter) while the F has a coupled meter (not sure but as far as I read in my books).

    The Planars are a bit better lenses than the Xenotars, IMHO.

    I hope this either confuses you more or clarifies the issue on the differences. :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
     
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    terri Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I'm going to show my husband this thread. He's a Rollei freak. ;)

    He has a page bookmarked at home with various Rollei types, and they all look the same to me - incredibly confusing!!
     
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    thanks a lot,
    I've seen this coupled-non coupled meter matter on the global rollei site, but what does it mean?
    Does it mean that the neddle in the meter is driven by the speed/aperture wheel on coupled meter and by an extra wheel on the non coupled?
     
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    Mitica100 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Yes, that would be the case. A coupled meter will actually inter-react with the aperture/shutter speed combinations while a non-coupled meter will only show you the 'right' (average light) exposure data so you can set it manually on the aperture/shutter speed dials.

    BTW, I love your avatar! A very cute cat indeed. :D
     

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