Modern Rolleiflex



Rolleiflex Still Happily Making Analog TLR Cameras, FX N to Debut at Photokina rolli

Did you know that Rolleiflex is still producing its high-end analog twin-lens reflex cameras? Apparently there’s enough photographers out there buying them for there to be a small, niche market, because Rollei is planning to show off a new model at Photokina 2012 next week.

The FX-N is a 6×6 medium format TLR camera that is an updated version of the Rolleiflex FX, a camera that costs over $5,000. The only difference it has with its predecessor (or sibling) is that it features a new Heidosmat 80mm f/2.8 viewfinder lens and a Rollei S-Apogon 80mm f/2.8 main lens that offer a shorter minimum focusing distance of 55 centimeters.

There’s also an updated version of the Rolleiflex Hy6, a $7,900 medium format camera that can be used with both film and digital backs:

Rolleiflex Still Happily Making Analog TLR Cameras, FX N to Debut at Photokina rollei2

The difference between this latest refresh and the original version is that that the new camera features a new grip, updated firmware, a reinforced tripod platen, and redesigned mechanics inside the camera that reduce mirror movement.

To be clear, Rolleiflex is simply a brand that was originally used by the German company Franke & Heidecke. The original Rolleiflex hit the market in 1929. After the company became insolvent in the late 2000s, employees left to create a new company called DHW Fototechnik GmbH, which revived a number of Rollei lines… including the two cameras discussed here.

I’m guessing PetaPixel readers aren’t the types of photographers who would even consider dropping a fat chunk of dough on these two cameras, but it’s interesting seeing that cameras like the FX-N are still being made.


One response

  1. Hi,
    Just found your page here. DHW is still making all three versions of the TLR (wide, normal, and Tele) in the same original factory and interested parties can even order the TLR’s in any leather color or even have them with gold or platinum plated trim work. I loved these Rolleiflex cameras so much, I decided to become a US Rollei dealer and import them. The euro to dollar exchange rates do affect pricing but they seem about 10% lower now. DHW also still makes the Rollei 35’s and of course their new flagship camera the Hy6 Mod2 – (The link to the B&H item in your post is actually a original Hy6 not mod2 – Mod 2’s are all black even the trim around the controls on the left side, but this is silver on the original version)

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