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Re: [Rollei] How rare are E3 Planars?

Was it a 3.5E3 or 2.8E3?  According to Prochnow here are the production 
numbers on these models:

         2.8E3   Production dates: 3/62-1/65     Total produced: 2025
         3.5E3   Production dates: 7/61-1/65     Total produced: 5035

Both were available with either Planar or Xenotar lenses but no breakdown 
is given.

In terms of units produced these are low numbers for a Rolleiflex.  To my 
knowledge the only regular production model with lower numbers is the 
elusive 2.8B.  By definition I guess that makes it collectible.  With 
respect to desirability, I would rate it below the 2.8E2 as an example of 
the E type.  The E3 was produced as an "economy model" alternative to the F 
models which were concurrently in production.

I think the $1150 price may be optimistic if the condition is only Ex+.


At 09:41 AM 11/1/2002 -0500, you wrote:
>Saw an E3 Planar listed on George Ury's website for $1150 in Ex+ 
>condition. Are these really rare, and is there anything special about them?

Best Regards,
David Seifert