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)
Mamiya C series is a professional level of TLR medium format cameras. They have interchangeable lens system. This feature is on very few TLR cameras like Contaflex TLR and Koni-Omegaflex. Bellows focusing allows extreme close up photography, which is not easy with other TLRs. Auto cocking of the shutter feature is existent only on the C33 and the C330 series cameras.
- Film 120 roll, picture size 6x6cm
- Lens-Shutter assembly: interchangeable, accepts all Mamiya C-series TLR lenses
- Taking Lens: (in the pictures) Mamiya-Sekor 180 mm f/4.5, iris diaphragm, 4 elements in 3 groups, (an unique telephoto lens)
- Aperture: f/4.5-f/32, settings: on the lens-shutter assembly
- Focus range: 1.2-10m +inf
- Standart lens is 105mm f/3.5
- Focusing: Fresnel ground glass screen, bellows focusing
- Pointer in the viewfinder shows exposure increase which metered a hand posemeter, as bellows are extended and,
- Auto Parallax correction scale for the lens beeing used (for this purpose the parallax correction lever must be set as to the lens, left side of the camera)
- Focus knobs: two, bilateral, on the lowest front side of the camera
- Finder lens: (in the pictures) Mamiya-Sekor 180 mm, f/4.5
- Shutter: (in the pictures)  Seiko MX; Speeds: 1-1/500 +B, settings on the lens-shutter assembly
- Shutter release button: right lower front side of the camera, only works after film advance and operate once when Multiple exposure/film stop selector must be on Rollfilm (double exposure prevention), w/ cable release socket
- Shutter releasing is also possible by the lever on the Lens-Shutter assembly
- Caution: If there is no film in the camera the Shutter release button do not work, even with the shutter cocked
- Winding lever: also auto cocking of the shutter on the lens by an advance stroke, right side of the camera
- The shutter can be cocked by a lever on the lens/shutter assembly, but no film advance.
- Multiple exposure / film stop selector: in front of the winding lever,
- Viewfinder: (in the pictures) Porroflex finder Pat.Pend. M, eye level reflex mirror, image in correct orientation, manufactured by Nippon Kogaku(Nikon), Japan, Tokyo, an early version
- Interchangeable such as Waist level, Metered CDS Porrofinder, Prism finder and some others
- Standart finder is Waist level finder.
- Frame counter: left side, advance type, resets via opening the back cover
- Flash PC socket: on the lens-shutter assembly, beneath right side of the finder lens
- Flash sync: M, X, via a lever on the lens-shutter assembly
- Back cover: removable, w/ red window and built-in lid, to ascertain whether or not the camera contains film
- Strap lugs
- Tripod socket: 1/4″
- Body: steel, very solid as rock; Weight: +2 kilograms
|Mamiya C33 c.1965 image by Süleyman Demir (Image rights)|
|Mamiya C33 c.1965 Images by Süleyman Demir (Image rights)|
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ There is different objectives between 55mm and 250mm which can be divided roughly into two series as chrome and black. The chrome series heve three different Seikosha shutters as MX, S and SLV. The black series have Seiko shutter. The only exception is black 80mm f//3.7 which has Copal shutter. The Seikosha-MX’s max speed is 1/400, all the others 1/500. In general all variations fit on all cameras.
Just got my Ikoflex today! it is version IIa later.
The TLR comes with two cute and precious items:
Ikoblitz LD and Ikoflex.
I have no idea of how this ikoblitz works… below are some info.
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Manufactured by:Zeiss Ikon.Germany.
Year of manufacture:1963.
This flash uses Osram Universal XM 1 B or Philips Photoflux PF 1 Bflashbulbs.