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Price Reduced on the Rolleiflex FX

I've had this really nice FX in my used section for two months now which is a lot longer than I expected considering they are no longer produced and it's hard to find a really clean one in near perfect shape.   In fact, I've not had one come through my shop for several years.  

When I became the Rolleiflex dealer I bought the FW and FT versions of the new TLR but as money was tight, I didn't buy the FX since I had already a 2.8F.   Looking back, I wish I had since they stopped production in 2014 and the meter in the FX is so much easier to use and will work long long after the selenium cells in the old ones have stopped.     Reducing the price on this now to $5295 even though I see similar ones on ebay and elsewhere go for more.  Very tempted to put this one in my personal collection. 


Rollei Marin - Underwater housings for TLR, 6000 and yes Hy6 Rolleiflex cameras too!

Wulf Koehler and “OceanOptics Germany”

I've been working with Wulf Koehler this last year.  He's a German engineer who has a long history with Rolleiflex and Rolleiflex underwater housings in particular.   He's been making parts for and servicing the Rollei Marin underwater housing for the TLR's for decades, but he's also produced an underwater housing for the Rolleiflex 6008 and has finished a design for the Hy6 as well.  

Just in case you don't read further - let me summarize some key points here:

  • Underwater housing for the 6008 is available now (one piece) - please get in touch with me or Wulf
  • If he can get 3 or more orders for the Hy6 underwater housing, he'll produce them. Ify have interest please get in touch with me or Wulf. 
  • Parts and service for the Rollei Marin for TLR are available


Here's a bit more info on Wulf - he's a really nice guy and has an interesting story and besides passion for Rolleiflex cameras, he and I have several other connecting points including through several people and companies involved with underwater films and research work. 


In the early 1970’s, Wulf H. Koehler founded his company “OceanOptics Germany” in Darmstadt-Germany.


As a development engineer, he designed underwater camera housings for high-quality cameras, manufactured them and marketed them under his own brand name.

He had a very close relationship with the company "Franke & Heidecke, the Rolleiwerke” in Braunschweig and was ‘partnered’ with this company for over 30 years.

For every single-lens reflex camera that Rollei put on the market, he designed a suitable, tailor-made underwater housing.


His first big success was the famous "AQUAMARIN WKD SL66", which Koehler designed for the Rolleiflex SL66.

This underwater camera/housing combination replaced the Hans Hass twin lens camera housing, the ROLLEImarin.

A new era of 6x6 photography began.

This was followed by housings for the Rolleiflex 3003, the SLX and for the entire series of 6000 models, including the 6008 Professional, 6008 Intergral and the 6008 AF.

Each of these cameras had its own custom uw-housing.


Wulf also met the needs of other slr-camera manufacturers like Hasselblad and Nikon, as well as housings for video cameras from JVC and for professional 16mm film cameras

from Arriflex Munich-Germany.


A very special design he did, was an uw-housing for National Geographic Society in Washington for a NikonF3mot camera. This housing was dedicated to the master photographer

David Doubilet.

Wulf had tested this special housing himself taking it down to 200 m of depth and he had shot the very first „Super Selfi“ sitting in the research vessel „GEO“, diving in the Red Sea around Eilat.

The work in his company was not Wulf’s only occupation, he was also president of the German Underwater Club in Darmstadt and he was the head of the Department of UW-photography

and UW-Movies at the Federation of German Sports Divers, the VDST for a good many years.

Wulf was recently recognized for his lifetime achievement and commitment to promoting the sport of diving, as well as the promotion of the industry to produce underwater cameras

for sports divers, he recently received the „International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame Award“ in Cayman Island.

Even in his ‘old age’, he cannot retire and is currently in the process of designing a special underwater camera housing for the „Rolleiflex Hy6 mod2“ equipped with a digital back.

All of Wulf's designs were characterized by very good handling, perfect weightlessness of the housings when underwater and elegant shape.

There is a big difference between equipment of this type that is designed on the drawing board only and that which is tested and used for routine work by an expert photographer

and experienced diver using it for routine work.

Today Wulf Koehler is working on the design for an underwater housing tailored for the Rolleiflex Hy6mod2, the hybrid 6x6 camera which allowes the use of film and using a

Digital Data Back as well.

Because of the relative small number of Hy6 users and the very high cost of manufacturing the first 10 copies of an uw-housing, Wulf would like to know how many uw-housings can be sold  in order to justify  the costs for R&D as well as the retail price for the customers in the future.

Will be listing a number of different cameras in the "Used Other" section soon

Rolleiflex cameras are the best!  But we can love many other brands too right? 

What kinds of cameras and formats do the rest of you work with?   I personally am shooting with 4x5, 5x7, 8x10, and even 11x14 film, and of course I have to try out most of the new digital cameras too.   Currently I have over 100 cameras and that's just way too many!   So I'll be listing some of them here very soon.  I also have taken in on consignment or trade many Leica, Contax, and other items.   These will all be listed in the "Used Other" section.  

Coming up soon:

  • Leica M Monochrom and M lenses
  • Leica CM
  • Contax T3 (the worlds best point and shoot)
  • Zone VI 4x5
  • Zeiss Contarex Hologon (this is so cool!)
  • Fuji GFX 100s with several lenses (my own, I just don't use)
  • Pakon 135+ scanner and laptop with software preconfigured
  • Linhof 617 Technorama
  • Linhof Super Technika
  • Plaubel 670  (this was a tough call - either that or the Bessa III)
  • Sony A7rIV
  • Linhof 5x7 (13x18) Technika
  • Probably some Hasselblad V
  • Graflex SLR 3x4 converted to 4x4


Just got in several TLR's including a nice 2.8FX, two 3.5E3's, 2.8C, MX automats, and baby Rollei's.

Just got in on consignment several TLR's that are very clean.  I've tested them all and all but two are working so well, I won't send them for service and will be listing them soon.   I also have a 45 deg TLR prism, 2.8 and 3.5 Mutars, Rolleinar sets for bay III and bay II, and a number of filters in all sizes.  If you're looking for something let me know.   

I'll be photographing these items soon... 


Lens shade for 40mm FLE distagon now available

For more than 6 years I have not been able to get new lens shades for the Zeiss 40mm FLE distagon lenses.  Dr. Cam (Wulf Koehler) who has worked with the factory for decades has now made a high quality reproduction version of the shade.  This attaches to the lens via a locking thumb screw like the 40mm Schneider shades and accepts standard 95mm screw in filters.   It's really nicely made and works great!   I have one in stock. 


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