Rolleinuts, do I have a Frankenrollei??

Discussion in 'Medium Format Cameras and Accessories' started by NickSimcheck, Apr 17, 2011.

  1. NickSimcheck

    NickSimcheck Member

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    I have a Rolleiflex 2.8E(1) with a Xenotar 2.8, and Synchro-Compur shutter, it's serial number is 1.637.029.

    Everything a normal E(1) model has... except no meter.


    It has the studs for the diffuser, but no meter and no scale on the focus knob.

    I can't explain it. I know it's not an E(2) or E(3) as they have much later serial numbers and different features which this camera does not have.

    Could it be a one-off E(1)?
     
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    The meter could be purchased separately, and some cameras did not come with the meter.

    2.8 E with Xenotar without meter = $279.95 [1958]
     
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    It might have come through a guy on ebay who bought and sold a lot of Rolleis and always took the meter out and changed the knob to the meterless knob. He did it because he thought a lot of Rolleis had bad meters and he didn't want people to return cameras for that reason.
    There is also the fact that back in the day a lot of people thought the meter knob stuck out too far and had it taken off and replaced with that flatter one.
     
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    Oh wow, never knew it was an "option"...


    When cleaning the Fresnel I could see a pair of wires that go from where the meter would be to the focus knob, so essentially they pre-wired them for meters then.
     
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    While I know that wasn't the case with this one (it was my grandfather's) but it's interesting to know that there are variations on the size meter scale...