Rolleiflex 2.8 FX TLR Cameras

The Rollei Rolleiflex 2.8GX and Rollei 2.8FX: The major difference between the previous 2.8GX camera and the 2.8FX is mostly cosmetic. The camera is covered with brown alligator embossed calf’s leather. Chrome plated edges on the back add to the camera’s sophisticated & elegant appearance. The logo on the front of the camera is the same which adorned Rolleiflex cameras of the 1930s.

The well-proven carrying strap eyelets of earlier models have been re-introduced. Rollei’s legendary twin-lens reflex camera with an 80 mm Planar f/2.8 HFT lens; comes with protective lens cap, carrying strap and size III filter bayonet.

A Photographic Legend

Photography has its legends. One of these is undoubtedly the twin-lens Rolleiflex for 6x6cm. When first introduced in 1929, this style of camera was a sensation and the principle behind it was a real stroke of genius. The Rolleiflex was to have a decisive influence on the history of photography during the ensuing decades. Wherever some event occurred that was to decide the course of history, someone was capturing it on film using a Rollei.

This is why twin-lens reflex camera enthusiasts and top professionals have repeatedly asked Rollei to continue this classic camera design – but with all the added advantages of modern technology. The result is the Rolleiflex 2.8 FX; the classic twin-lens design with the exposure features of a modern automatic Rolleiflex camera.

The Rollei Rolleiflex 2.8GX and Rollei 2.8FX

Rollei Roleiflex 2.8FX

The 6×6 Format

Many photographers prefer the 6×6 format. It allows part of the image to be subsequently enlarged in a horizontal or vertical format without any need to have the orientation of the picture fixed right from the start. 6×6 has more than 4x the area of 35mm.

The tiring “against-the-eye” viewfinder has been done away with and with it the uncertain feeling that some details could have been missed in the small image field. The large bright image in the ground-glass focusing screen gives the photographer the feeling of being part of the scene and a greater chance of realizing his/her creative ideas. The larger format also ensures superior resolution for details which is also valuable during slide projection.

Ease of UseRolleiflex 2.8FX

The 2.8 FX can be used as a companion camera to your automatic camera. The extremely quiet shutter makes it ideal for every situation where discretion is required. Its lightweight and ease of handling is an advantage when you want to be at the ready for spontaneous photo situations where ranging focal length is not required. Modern TTL exposure metering and flash metering at the film surface provide the ideal combination of tradition and progress. ]

In addition, the camera features a fold-away crank that moves the film with a quick swinging motion, simultaneously cocking the shutter and advancing the frame counter – but still allowing multiple exposures. Other features include film speed adjustment of 25-6400 ISO, cable release socket, lockable shutter release and flash hot shoe with center and control contacts for dedicated operation with any flash units using the SCA 300 System.

High-Quality Lens

The Planar 80mm f/2.8 lens is a top-of-the-line lens design and features very small curvature of the image field and very high color correction. With the special Rollei HFT coating, this lens provides great resolution, excellent contrast and outstanding color brilliance. Color LED indicators in the viewfinder show “under/over” exposure in half stops. The center-weighted integral metering characteristic is decidedly practical. Exposure balance is obtained by the follow-up principle, with aperture or speed priority.

TTL Flash

Modern TTL flash metering also presents no difficulties for the 2.8 FX using the Rollei SCA 356 adapter and an automatic flash unit on the SCA 300 system. With this combination, a sensor measures the light reflected from the film surface during exposure. The flash control electronics in the Rollei 356 adapter meters out the flash energy required for the exposure.

As well as automatic flash units, any other flash unit can be directly connected to this camera. The TTL automatic flash system is then inoperative and the flash control is provided by the flash unit.

The Rollei Advantage

In conclusion, the Rollei 2.8FX is the latest development in Rollei’s TLR camera series. It is a reliable, mechanical camera with 70 years of development behind it. These latest Rolleiflex cameras are familiar and easy to use.

They feature a renowned Zeiss-licensed, Rollei-built 80mm f/2.8 Planar lens and incorporate center-weighted TTL lightmetering with a viewfinder read-out and the capability of TTL “Off-the-Film” flash exposure. Compact, portable and quiet, the 2.8FX is a successfully updated, classic medium format camera.

Rollei 2.8FX Front

  • Classic Twin Lens Reflex (TLR) Camera
  • Built-in light meter with LED viewfinder display
  • TTL/OTF flash capabilities with SCA system compatible flashes

Specifications:

Camera Type Manual focus, leaf shutter, Twin Lens Reflex (TLR)
Format 6 x 6cm
Film Back/Loading Standard manual loading, match arrows, close back and wind to first frame
Film Type 120 film ONLY: 6 x 6 (12 frames)
Lens/Mount Built-in 80mm f/2.8 Rollei Planar HFT; Equivalent to a 52mm lens in the 35mm format; Angle of view = 53 degrees; Bay III filter mount size
Shutter Seiko mechanical lens shutter; Shutter speeds 1 sec. to 1/500th and B
Shutter Release Lock-able button release on camera body lower front; Accepts standard mechanical cable release
Self Timer Not Applicable
Flash Synchronization Flash synchronization possible at all shutter speeds; Standard PC connection for electronic flash connection on camera body lower front; TTL flash dedicated hotshoe on camera body lower side; TTL/OTF flash metering possible with SCA compatible flash units when used with optional SCA356 adapter
Exposure Metering TTL center-weighted manual exposure; Metering range EV 3-18
Exposure Compensation Possible for TTL flash via ISO setting dial
Viewfinder Folding viewfinder hood is supplied as standard and is interchangeable with optional 45 degree and 90 degree prism finders. Parallax compensation corresponding to distance set. Interchangeable standard focusing screen is a split-image/microprism type with grid-lines. Note: This camera uses the same focusing screens as the 6000 series Rollei models.
Viewfinder Info Metering indication by five LED’s
Film Transport Permanent manual film winding crank located on camera body side which simultaneously advances the film and cocks the shutter.
Multiple Exposure Yes
Focusing System Manual with rotating knob on camera body side; Minimum focusing distance = 1m (3.3 feet). This camera includes a gold-plated Rolleinar II close-up lens set. The Rolleinar II set is only available with this 75th Anniversary model. Optional Rolleinar I close-up lens set #ROR1SB3 allows for focusing at distances from 39 1/2 to 17 3/4″ (100 to 45cm).
Power Source PX28 type 6V silver oxide or lithium battery. Battery powers light meter only
Tripod Mount 1/4″ standard socket with integral mounting plate for rapid mounting with the optional Rolleifix quick-release tripod mount #96548
Dimensions 5.8 x 4.3 x 4.25″ (147 x 109 x 108mm) HWD
Weight 1.275kg (45 oz)(2.8 lb)

 



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      That is easy to explain I have taken images with a Nikon D800 FX Full-Frame DSLR Camera which is trying to mimics a standard 35mm camera. Film is still superior! it is flawless, whereas digital sensors are pixels which are squares of only one color collected by a buckets made up of three colors that sometimes overspill into each-other and may therefore not copy the true image. Look at the video on the page: Film Vs. Digital. If you take an image with a really good 35mm analogue SLR and the same image with a Nikon D800 or even Nikon D4, Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 1D X… The film camera will beat them all hands down. The images may look similar on a computer screen as it is also made up by pixels,you will see the difference when you zoom in on the images, but if you print the same image you will see the difference straight away, and you try to really blow up a image made by Digital and by Film, and you will get really annoyed by Digital, and you will see Digital has a long way to go still. Regarding the Rolleiflex it is a 6X6 image 6cm by 6cm. which is 5 to nearly 6 times bigger then a 35mm frame, the only cameras that come close are cameras like the Digital Hasselblad H-Series, or cameras with Leaf-Digital backs and these cameras will start at £35.000 before you add the lenses.
      Hope that helped
      Sincerely
      Brian

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