Rolleiflex Model Guide?

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  1. GarageBoy

    GarageBoy Member

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    Is there a Rolleiflex TLR model guide out there that lists the differences between the gazillion variants?
    Recognizing an F is easy, but to me, everything before looks the same
    Thanks!
     
  2. elekm

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    Visit the Rollei Club. That site has a lot of information about the various Rolleiflex models.
     
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    Cross-check all the sites above and any others you can find. Look over the thread at rangefinderforum of photos of TLRs- lots of Rolleiflexes with ID-
    http://www.rangefinderforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=41980

    Things I've learned to look for, in no particular order:

    * strap lugs
    * focus knob size, details, and surrounding flats
    * DRP or DBP on nameplate? DRGM or DBGM? This marks the transition from Reich to Bundes (?) in the name of the German state.
    * the flash sync switch and the self-timer switch- position and style
    * shutter release style
    * shutter release lock
    * EVS system- numbers on shutter dial? de-coupling switch on aperture dial?
    * focus hood- sports finder? removable? style of magnifier mount?
     
  5. Ulrich Drolshagen

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    Just to clear the term:
    The name of the state in German is "Bundesrepublik Deutschland" which translates to "Federal Republic of Germany" in English. After WWII, resulting from the experiences made with the downfall of the "Weimarer Republik" (1918 to 1933), West Germany got a more decentralized political structure with most of the political power residing in initially ten federal states. Therefore, because it became a republic and because there wasn't much empire left to talk of, the name "Deutsches Reich" (German Empire) didn't make sense anymore.