Gene, according to Evans' book "Collectors Guide to Rollei Cameras", you have a model III. The type 1 (made Nov., 1950 - 1951) has a non-adjustable pressure plate and the serial number range is 1,137,000 - 1,156,999 while the type 2 has an adjustable pressure plate and serial numbers 1,157,000 - 1,344,050 and was made from 1952 - July, 1953. The type 2 with adjustable pressure plate would accept the Rolleikin to take 36 exposures on 35mm film. A web site showing the Rolleikin and instructions is here: www.dmakos.com/square/manual/morerolleikin/index.html
The Model III is the only 'Cord made with factory X-Sync. Previous models had no sync and later models had M-X or M-X-V Sync. Film loading orientation should be by lining up the arrows on the paper backing with a mark on the channel. (No red window). Lenses offered were the Triotar and Xenar and they should be coated.
While F&H made no distinction between types 1 & 2 for the public, they did for their repair technicians.
I hope this helps.
Last Edit: Apr 18, 2007 16:53:47 GMT -5 by doubs43
Walker, that sounds about right, looking at the cam. The serial number is 1148662 which puts it just beyond the end numbers of model II. Definitely no red window at the back and some kind of sync at the front (with no markings). I hadn't noticed a mark on the film channel but I looked again and just up from the bottom is a red dot on either side. I assume that's it. So, mid-50's then. I was out by a decade!
I expect the Triotar triplet will be fairly sharp when stopped down and perhaps somewhat soft and 'retro' when wider open, at least at the edges and corners.
Ron, thanks for offering to look it up. Sounds like Walker nailed it.
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