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Loading film in a Rolleicord

Dan Bracken , Sep 18, 1998; 10:07 p.m.

I have just acquired a Rolleicord with a Xenar 1:3.5/75 lens serial number 2173939. The serial number of the body is 1109221. The following letters appear on the front of the camera body just below the name Rolleicord: DRP on the left and to the right DRGM.

I have the following questions:

1. What model is it?

2. When was it made?

3. What is the correct procedure for loading film? At the present time when I load a new roll of film (color) I manually advance the film until the number 1 shows in the red window on the bottom of the camera, then reset the automatic counter by pressing in a button on the winding knob and simultaneously pushing down on a little silver button below the winding knob? Is this correct?

4. Should I be lining the arrow on the back of the film up with anything before closing the camera back?

5. How much light will get into the camera through the red window if the cover over it is left open?

Your comments and answers will be very much appreciated.

Thankyou,

Dan Bracken

Responses

Volker Stiller , Jan 26, 1999; 06:20 p.m.

Hi Dan,

I just bought my first Rolleicord today and so I might not be the best guy to tell you how to load film.

To answer 1: you seem to have a Rolleicort I (type 1)

2: They were built between 1933 and 1936. You can tell it is a pre war model by the acronyms DRP and DRGM. This stands for Deutsches Reichs Patent (German Reich Patent) and Deutsches Reichs Geschmacks Muster (basicly a copyright for the name). In post WW2 models you will find DBP and DBGM. They switched from Reich to Bund (German Federal Patent).

3: I won't dare to tell but I am sure by now you have figured out how to load film.

4: The camera I bought today is a Rolleicord V (1954-1957) and I have to line up the line on the back of the film with two red dots to the left and right of the body.

Hope this helps, I've got to go and take some photos!!!

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