Rollei was started by the Franke & Heidecke company in 1920. They first started using the Rollei name in 1926 with something called a "Rolleidoscop" stereo camera. People know Rolleis for their famous line of Rolleiflex and Rolleicord twin-lens cameras, which they first started making in 1929. The Rollei 35 miniature camera came out in 1966. In 1970, they moved production to Singapore but by 1981 they had to declare bankruptcy. Many changes of ownership later, in 1995 they were
purchased by the Korean company Samsung, which is continuing production of Rolleicords and Rollei 35s.
In the world of medium-format photography the Rollei cameras have long been acknowledged as being among the finest imaging tools available. Beginning decades ago with the earliest twin-lens film cameras and continuing today with the latest electronically-driven medium-format film/digital SLRs, the Rollei nameplate remains an industry standard for precision and image sharpness.
Many professional medium format cameras are "system cameras", which means that they have various interchangeable parts. Like most
35 mm SLRs, these cameras usually support different
lenses, but in addition it is also standard for medium-format system cameras to support different winding mechanisms,
viewfinders, and camera backs. This flexibility is one of the primary advantages of medium format
||Medium Format SLR Cameras
Rollei 6008 Integral 2 Medium Format SLR Camera Body with Waist Level Finder, Battery - USA (requires charger & magazine back).
As the most sophisticated 2-1/4 x 2-1/4" SLR camera on the market, the 6008 Integral2 has the advantages of medium format photography with fully professional features and unique handling convenience. It includes all the features of the 6003 Professional plus interchangeable backs and an action grip. It also has the added benefits of multi-spot metering and a mirror lock up. The 6008 Integral2 aids new applications extending to electronic image processing in digital photography and repro work
Features of the Integral 2:
Rollei 6008 Integral2 now uses the SCA 3000 TTL flash system (not the 300
system) Choices of custom functions and defaults Intelligent TTL-flash
technology Multi-spot metering Handgrip with four click stops Continuous
shooting with 2 fps Aperture-priority, shutter-priority and programmed AE
Extensive viewfinder display • TTL/OTF automatic dedicated flash control
system with auto-fill flash mode • 23 first class Zeiss and Schneider optics •
Flash synchronization at all shutter speeds up to 1/1000 sec. on 6 lenses; 1/500
on others • Part of an extremely comprehensive medium format system •
Interchangeable film backs
6008 integral. Rollei philosophy, which says that top-grade professional cameras should be provided with all the features it needs to master any situation presented to it, has been realized to perfection with the Rolleiflex 6008 integral. Many functions which can only be performed in other systems by buying additional accessories, are part of the basic equipment of the Rolleiflex 6008 integral.
Their unrestricted flexibility makes them the perfect tool for professional users and committed amateur photographers, who demand absolute top quality. As part of an open system with a comprehensive range of accessories to cope with any situation.
6008AF Medium Format Auto Focus SLR Camera Body with 120 Film Back and Waist Level Viewfinder. The first 6 x 6 medium-format system camera with autofocus
This Camera represents a new landmark in the world of 6 x 6 medium-format photography. All the camera's main functions like focusing, exposure and flash control can be carried out fully automatically or controlled manually.
Because the new system camera is compatible with Rollei's 6000 system, buyers will be able to use all the previous lenses (even SLX lenses from 1976) by means of focus indication.
The new Rolleiflex 6008 AF is based on the successful Rolleiflex 6008 integral, but the entire electronics have been redesigned. Only the mechanical components and the functional design of the Rolleiflex 6000 family have been retained.
The illuminated LC finder acts as a Display and e control center. In addition to displaying most functions of the camera additional special modes can also be added via the mode switch. They are selected with the memo button and entered via the shutter release button. The following settings can be made and, if necessary, changed in this way: flash sync time, pre-flash metering, self-timer, display on/off, silent running on/off, cancel film advance on/off, centre weighting of the exposure metering on/off, AF 3-zone metering and pre-selection of the number of frames in continuous shooting mode. The Rolleiflex 6008 AF has an autofocus module with an H-sensor (three-zone sensor). There is a mode switch on the right-hand side of the body for changing to AF mode.
There are also a number of important new flash features compared with the previous model. Thanks to TTL flash metering, exposure compensation in the + range leads to an additional flash exposure with auto exposure and the SCA flash switched on. The new SCA 3562 flash adapter controls a system flash unit such as the Metz 54 MZ 3, and provides low light AF Assist
Another new feature is that the system flash, if desired, switches on automatically in poor available light.
The zoom reflector control with AF lenses and the transfer of the aperture and
film speed from the camera to the flash unit are also automatic. In addition, pre-flash metering is possible for checking the flash output or adjusting the aperture when using studio flash units. Digital backs can be operated via the serial port of the Rolleiflex 6008 AF to control the functions directly via the camera contacts (without additional cables). The real pièce de résistance of the 6008 AF, however, is the possibility of individually programming the camera's functions via a PC. Special Windows software developed by Rollei (on CD-ROM) and a connecting cable for the 14-pin socket on the camera allow the owner to program virtually everything in the camera and to operate it by remote control.
Two new interchangeable AF lenses from Schneider-Kreuznach will become available
in Summer 2002: The 180mm f/2.8 AF Tele-Xenar and the 60-140mm f/4.6 AF-Variogon
HFT. Additional lenses will be available later Features World's first auto focus
6x6 camera for film and digital Fully compatible with the 6000 system Rollei
special Windows software for connection to a PC/MAC Single and continuous focus
modes; Release priority in continuous mode In-focus indication with Manual
focusing Rollei Lenses.
|Rollei Twin Lens Reflex Cameras
Rollei Rolleiflex 2.8 FX Medium Format Twin Lens Reflex Camera with Built-in 80mm f/2.8 Planar Lens. Rollei's legendary twin-lens reflex camera with an 80 mm Planar f/2.8 HFT lens, protective lens cap, carrying strap and size III filter bayonet.
On its outside, the Rolleiflex 2.8 FX is identical to its predecessor: It is covered with brown cowhide leather and croco imprint. The lettering on its front is exactly the same as that of Rolleiflex cameras of the thirties. The subdued elegance of the camera is enhanced by the chromium side edges of its back. Also, the time-tried strap suspension of its predecessors is again used here.
The technical features of the Rolleiflex 2.8 FX are legendary: An 80 mm f/2.8 Planar lens with Rollei HFT coating, a TTL exposure meter and TTL autoflash control in conjunction with an SCA-356 adapter provide ample room for creative experimenting. A between-the-lens shutter provides speeds from 1 s to 1/500 s.
Two SI photocells behind the viewfinder mirror serve for center-weighted average
metering. Additional features are a permanently visible viewfinder image,
parallax compensation within the waist-level finder as well as interchangeable
viewfinders and focusing screens. Features Individual framing thanks to
constantly visible finder image Parallax correction Interchangeable finder
Interchangeable focusing screens Virtually silent between-the-lens shutter No
vibration and no noise due to mirror bounce Low weight and comfortable to work
Rollei Rolleiflex 4.0 FW Medium Format Twin Lens Reflex Camera with Built-in 50mm f/4.0 HFT Lens. Rollei remakes its legendary 6x6 cm twin-lens Rolleiflex wide angle camera! Equipped with a Schneider Kreuznach Super-Angulon 50mm f 4 HFT lens.
Legendary best-sellers are making a come-back not only in music and
fashion, but also in technical areas where classic products are likewise on the rise.
The original wide angle Rolleiflex TLR camera which was discontinued in 1967 was once so popular with photographers. The new Rolleiflex Wide 4.0FW combines the classical twin-lens concept with today's operation comfort and high-end technology. It is the ideal camera for scenery and group shots.
The leather parts are of brown cowhide with a crocodile grain. The back has chromium-plated edges that give the camera a sophisticated elegance. The logo on the front of the camera corresponds exactly to the one that adorned the Rolleiflex cameras of the thirties. The well-proven carrying strap eyelets of the earlier models have also been taken over.
High performance wide-angle lens from Schneider-Kreuznach Individual framing
thanks to constantly visible finder image Parallax correction Interchangeable
finder Interchangeable focusing screens Whisper quiet between-the-lens shutter
No vibration and no noise due to mirror bounce Low weight and comfortable to
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