The earlier models were all very capable cameras - I love the "Old" Standard from the early '30s - but everything came together in this model.
I've thought about swapping it out with one of the e Bay screens but been hesitant because the camera was optimized for the Maxwell. Mine came with a free tin of Maxwell House coffee, and a 7" pressing of "Maxwell's Silver Hammer". Having said that, the thing I've learned about replacing screens in my Rolleicord, Rolleiflex and Hasselblad is that bright doesn't always equal best.You can compose the image better on the replacement screens, but brighter screens seem to be harder to focus., 28,000 pieces, black leather Serials: T2.200.000 - T2.320.449 Taking Lens: Tessar 3,5/75mm, for eastern Europe: Opton Te 3,4/75mm, both by Zeiss Oberkochen, Bayonet 1 Finder lens: Zeiss Heidosmat 2,8/75mm, Bayonet 1 Shutter**: Synchro Compur MXV, 1 - 1/500 sec., B, X-sync., self timer. Film: B 2-8 for 12 6x6, and 35mm adapter Rolleikin 2. Film Transportation: winding lever, film marker in film chamber, exposure counter for exposures 1-12. Can come with or without built on exposure metering. , 20,000 pieces Serials: 2.200.000 - 2.204.999 (above Rolleiflex plate) 3.5F-2.205.000 - 3.5F-2.219.999 (engraved with model designation) Taking Lens: Planar 3,5/75mm Carl Zeiss Oberkochen Xenotar 3.5/75mm, Schneider Kreuznach, both Bayonet 2 Finder lens: Zeiss or Schneider Heidosmat 2,8/75mm, Bayonet 2 Shutter: Synchro Compur MXV, 1 - 1/500 sec., B, M X-sync., self timer. , 11,500 pieces Serials: 3.5F-2.230.00 - 3.5F-2.241.499 (reserved range up to 2.249.999) Taking Lens: Tessar 3,5/75mm Carl Zeiss Oberkochen Xenotar 3.5/75mm, Schneider Kreuznach, both Bayonet 2 Finder lens: Zeiss or Schneider Heidosmat 2,8/75mm, Bayonet 2 Shutter: Synchro Compur MXV, 1 - 1/500 sec., B, M X-sync., self timer. For certain specialised purposes there are other cameras that will run rings round it but as a one-size-fits-all machine, it's unbeatable.
In weaker moments, I sometimes think that the 2.8F, the Rollei Wide with the 55mm Distagon and the Tele-Rollei with the 135mm Sonnar might well be the most desirable trio on the planet.Plus, Phil Rogers/Herman Sheephouse was talking last week about a post he was writing about his pick for the greatest ever so you now have two choices to disagree with!The 2.8F was, I reckon, the pinnacle of Rolleiflex development.I haven't owned a Rolleiflex but I did have a Maxwell screen in a Horseman VH-R and used it with a reflex housing.Even with the lens shifted it was still plenty bright for accurate focusing.More improvements came when Kodak introduced the Retina I, the first camera to use a modern 135 film cartridge.