The Rollei 2.8GX
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 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 Use
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.
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.
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.
- Classic Twin Lens Reflex (TLR) Camera
- Built-in light meter with LED viewfinder display
- TTL/OTF flash capabilities with SCA system compatible flashes
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 Mirror Lock-Up Not Applicable Exposure Metering TTL center-weighted manual exposure; Metering range EV 3-18 Exposure Bracketing Not Applicable Exposure Compensation Possible for TTL flash via ISO setting dial Depth-of-Field Preview Not Applicable 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 Custom Functions Not Applicable Data Imprinting Not Applicable 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)
|Model Features||Rolleicord Va / Vb||Rolleiflex T||Rolleiflex 3.5 F / 2.8 F||Rolleiflex 2.8 GX / 2.8 FX|
|years of fabrication||from 1957 to 1977||from 1958 to 1976||from 1958 to 1981||1987-2002 / 2001-|
|film format||120 and 135 (Rolleikin)||120 and 135 (Rolleikin)||120, 220 and 135 (Rolleikin)||120|
|images on 120/220 rollfilm||12 frames 6×6,
16 frames 4.5×6 or
24 frames 28mmx40mm (120)
|12 frames 6×6 or
16 frames 4,5×6 (120)
|12 frames 6×6 (120) or
24 frames 6×6 (220)
|12 frames 6×6 (120)|
|adaptor back for 6,5×9 plates and cut-film||yes||yes||yes||no|
|Zeiss Optics (taking lens)||no||Tessar 3.5 / 75 mm
4 elements 3 groups
|3.5 F: Planar 3.5 / 75 mm
5 or 6 elements 4 groups
|Planar 2.8 / 80 mm
5 elements in 4 groups,
made by Rollei under Zeiss license
|2.8 F: Planar 2.8 / 80 mm
5 elements 4 groups
|Schneider Optics (taking lens)||Xenar 3.5 / 75 mm
4 elements 3 groups
|Xenar (rare) 3.5 / 75 mm 4 elements 3 groups||3.5 F : Xenotar 3.5 / 75 mm 5 or 6 elements 4 groups||no|
|2.8 F : Xenotar 2.8 / 80 mm 5 elements 4 groups|
|viewing lens||Heidoscop 3,2 / 75 mm 3 elements||Heidosmat 2.8 / 75 mm 3 elements||Heidosmat 2.8 / 75 mm or 2.8 / 80 mm 3 elements||Heidosmat 2.8 / 80 mm 3 elements|
|standard focusing hood||folding hood, 2.5X lupe, ” sport ” viewfinder||folding hood, 2.5X lupe, ” sport ” viewfinder||folding hood, 2.5X lupe, second 4x lupe and second mirror (” sport ” setup)||folding hood, 2.5X lupe , ” sport ” viewfinder|
|optional viewing accessories||Va : fixed hood, Vb : as T-model||removable ground glass, rigid 2.5X hood, 1.5X prism||removable ground glass, rigid 2.5X hood, 1.5X prism||removable ground glass, rigid 2.5X hood, 1.5X prism|
|bayonet mount for filters or close-up lenses (internal) and lens hood (external)||size I||size I||size II (3.5 F), size III (2.8 F)||size III|
|between-lens mechanical leaf shutter||Synchro-Compur size CR00, B – 1s to 1/500s||Synchro-Compur size CR00, B – 1s to 1/500s||Synchro-Compur sizes CR00 or CR0, B – 1s to 1/500s||Synchro-Compur CR0, then Seiko / Copal no 0, B – 1s to 1/500s|
|standard flash shoe||no||no||no||yes|
|X-synch, electronic flash||all speeds||all speeds||all speeds||all speeds|
|M-synch, flash bulbs||yes (first models only)||yes (first models only)||yes||no|
|first frame film setup||semi-auto, paper arrow <-> red dot||semi-auto, paper arrow <-> red dot||fully automatic, roller-feeler system||semi-auto, paper arrow <-> red dot|
|film advance||winding knob, not coupled to shutter||folding crank, coupled to shutter||folding crank, coupled to shutter||folding crank, coupled to shutter|
|shutter cocking||separate, manually on taking lens||coupled to film advance||coupled to film advance||coupled to film advance|
|safety lock against double exposure||yes, can be switched off||yes||yes, can be switched off||yes, can be switched off|
|speeds and f/stops controls||lever on taking lens, EV coupling||lever on taking lens, EV coupling||front thumb-wheels on side of lenses||front thumb-wheels on side of lenses|
|display of speeds and f/stops||side windows on taking lens||top windows on viewing lens, with printed belts||top windows on viewing lens, with geared engraved rings||top windows on viewing lens, with geared engraved rings|
|built-in exposure meter||no||external un-coupled selenium cell (optional), diffusor for incident light readings||external inter-coupled selenium cell (optional), diffusor for incident light readings||silicon sensor for available light (viewing lens), and TTL flash SCA 300 (metered by reflection off the film)|
|camera works without battery||yes||yes||yes||yes, except exposure meter system|
|weight (without film)||Va 875g, Vb 940g||1020g||1220g||1235g|
- twin-lens reflex, 6×6 format on 120/220 rollfilm, non-removable twin-lens panel,
- focusing by translation of the twin-lens panel, controlled by a left-hand focusing knob,
- automatic compensation for parallax by moving frames under the ground glass.
Other twin-lens Rolleiflex models built in the same period:
- Rolleiflex 3.5E / 2.8E, very similar to 3.5 F / 2.8 F, uncoupled optional exposure meter,
- Rolleimagic with battery-less automatic exposure system,
- Tele-Rolleiflex (fixed telephoto lens, 135 mm)
- Wide-Angle Rolleiflex (fixed wide-angle lens, 55 mm)
- ” Baby ” Rolleiflex 4×4 (127 film only)
- twin lens cap, leather neck strap and leather ever-ready case,
- bayonet filters, close-up twin-lenses with built-in parallax compensation,
- quick-release tripod plate “Rolleifix” (highly recommended)
- “Rollei-Werke, Rollfilmkameras”, Prochnow, Claus, Rollei-Report Volume II (twin-lens Rolleiflex and SL66), ISBN 3-89506-118-2, LINDEMANNS (1994)
- “Rollei-Werke, Rollei Fototechnic 1958 bis 1998”, Prochnow, Claus, Rollei-Report Volume IV (projectors, flashs, 2.8GX), ISBN 3-89506-141-7, LINDEMANNS (1997)