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How to mount your AFi back to Large Format Cameras

Leaf makes this cool - AFi/Hy6 to Graflok adapter plate which can be then fit to any LF camera that accepts standard film holders or film backs.   The great thing about this adapter from Leaf is that infinity focus is retained without adjustment - so if you have a rangefinder or stops that are calibrated for film this is a direct swap.  I use mine in my Polaroid 110B conversions and Linhof Technika's.   It's fun and you can get different looks, plus movements.  

These cost approximately $750 but about the same price as alternatives, but does get to infinity focus whereas the other's don't thanks to the turning locking mechanism on the inside face - shown in the first image.   I can order them for you or you can also get them from your Leaf Dealer.

 

   

 

Digital Transitions has a special on AFi-ii 10's

For those of you looking at Hy6 Mod2's and considering digital backs....

Lance Schad at Digital Transitions has a special price going on AFi-ii 10 and Mod2 packages!

Read about it on their blog hereRolleiflex Hy6 Mod2 & Mamiya Leaf AFi-ii 10 Offer<br>Limited Time Only - DT Blog

Call or e-mail him if you have questions.  Lance Schad at DT  lns@digitaltransitions.com     212-529-6825 x224

 

All About Batteries - Part 3: Hy6 / AFi and Mod2 Bodies

All about batteries - part III -  Hy6/AFi and Mod2

The first thing to know is that there are two possible battery configurations for these cameras:  1) Rolleiflex or Sinar style batteries, and 2) the Leaf Style batteries.   The cameras come standard with the Rolleiflex type contacts in the battery compartment in the grip arm, however they can be ordered with the Leaf style battery contacts in the grip arm on request. 

Why is this important?   If the camera battery and digital back batteries are matched then the batteries become interchangeable and can be used on either device and you'll only need to have on charger set up.

With the AFi and AFi-ii backs the camera battery could power both camera and the digital back, making the whole unit lighter.     Unfortunately this is no longer true with the Credo's as they can not draw power from the camera's battery, but the good news is even with the Credo's internal battery fitted, the Credo is still lighter than the AFi-ii backs without a battery.  The Credo also has a third type of battery and it  isn't possible to have the grip arm of the camera fitted to accept the Credo style battery.

Battery Life:   I can't speak to battery life on the Sinar backs and Hy6 since I never used one for enough time to get a feel for it.  Hopefully someone who does know will add a comment.

Battery life on the AFi backs is really not that great.  You can expect to shoot a few hundred shoots with the AFi 7's but only perhaps 100 with the AFi-ii 12.  Sometimes you get more, a lot more, if you don't chimp but you simply can't count on it.

Battery life of the Hy6 when the back is tethered or with its own battery fitted is a different story.  The Hy6 will last so long I never even bother checking the charge, let alone changing it.  I'm talking thousands of shots.  The Hy6 is really efficient with batteries.    With the film back you can expect to get between 25 and 50 rolls of film per battery depending on age of the battery, temperature, whether you used an AF lens or MF and stuff like that.  But its still really good. 

Now the part I think most of you are really interested in... battery compatibility and which aftermarket batteries will fit your camera.   I'm just going to put the table in first and write about it after - but there is some important stuff there so please do read it.

 

 

Leaf Compatible Battery

Rolleiflex Sinar Compatible

Samsung

Samsung SB-160L

 

Sony

 

NP-F570  (2200 mAh)

Pisen

 

TS-DV001-F570  (2000 mAh)

Hähnel

 

HL-XL581 (2000 mAh)

Varta

 

V290 (2000 mAh)

  

In the table you'll see the compatible battery part number's for other company's products. Note that if you go shop for a genuine Sony battery its going to also be pretty expensive, just like the ones from DHW.  Interesting right?  You can find all kinds of 3rd party batteries made to the same stock number as the other brands on Amazon, Ebay and other battery vendors - and they may work okay.  I've bought lots of them for my power hungry AFi-ii 12.   But none of the these are performing as well for me as the OEM batteries.    I note that my genuine Leaf batteries are 1) made in Japan and not China 2) are noticeably heavier and 3) physically stronger - I can't deflect the case with thumb pressure.

The outsides of the different aftermarket batteries can look the same but there are vast differences in price, quality and dimension.   YMMV.  I have had decent luck with the Maximal branded aftermarket batteries - they say 2500 mAh, but they a good deal less than the genuine Leaf batteries which are rated at 2350 mAh.

DHW recommends using theirs, and I tend to agree.  The difference may be that the OEM set quality standards, and hold the makers to those standards while 3rd party batteries can be anything - no one is testing them to see if they really have the capacity written on the label.

Some of the aftermarket batteries I have bought are different enough in size that they will not fit well into the grip arm - one got stuck in my camera.   If you use a Hähnel V-Twin Pro Charger  or any other charger that gives you the percentage charge on the batteries, note that many of the aftermarket batteries will show nothing on the display.    

Another thing to be aware of is that Lithium batteries have a shelf life,  and its not just number of charges but also just time from manufacture.  After two years their life can drop quite fast.  Buy just what you need now, and plan to replace them after a few years for best life.   Leaf used to provide their batteries with a date stamp.

My policy on batteries in my store:  I will not sell aftermarket batteries because of the huge variation in quality - even within the same brand and part number.  But I also believe if someone spends a lot of time researching the best cameras and spends a lot of money on a Rolleiflex, they don't need to think about price of batteries.  I will sell the OEM spec batteries at my own cost in the store here.   

I currently don't offer any charger other than the OEM charger but I hope to offer others at some point.   You can buy the Hähnel V-Twin Pro charger on Amazon and other places however.   For the Leaf batteries you will need the T-9 plate. 

List of available lenses for the Hy6, AFi, Hy6 Mod2 cameras

My friend Geoff just sent me a screen shot of an old Open Photography Forum post by Thierry Hagenaur that lists out all the available lenses for the system.  This was a really useful list and definitely deserves to be repeated here on my blog and I've pasted in the list and added a few (see below).   Here's a link to the original OPF forum post by Thierry however. 

Besides this big 'shopping list' there are a couple more resources for you all to check out.

1) FotoNode has a pretty close match to to this list but with some specs and diagrams.  I haven't checked them for accuracy, but still useful. Click here:

2) I will be uploading several Rollei documents that give a lot more detail on each lens to the Manuals section.  Look for the Rollei lens catalog and the Hy6 brochures. 

I have owned or shot with ( I am almost embarrassed to say ) almost all of the list here except the 500's, and the 250 and 350 zeiss lenses. Oh yes, perhaps because its so rare, I forgot the 1000mm which I've never seen in person and until recently had never even seen a picture of.   Those 1000's are pretty rare!  

Anyone reading this blog have or shot with one?

 

Zeiss F-Distagon (Fisheye) PQ 3.5/30 mm (X)
Schneider Super-Angulon PQ 3.5/40 mm (X)
Zeiss Distagon PQ 4.0/40 mm (O)
Zeiss Distagon FLE PQ 4.0/40 mm (O)
Schneider Super-Angulon PQS 2.8/50 mm (O)
Schneider AF-Super-Angulon PQS 2.8/50 mm (X)
Schneider AFD-Super-Angulon PQS 2.8/50 mm (P)
Zeiss Distagon PQ 4.0/50 mm (O)
Zeiss Distagon EL PQ 4.0/50 mm (O)
Zeiss Distagon FLE PQ 4.0/50 mm (O)
Schneider PCS-Super-Angulon (Shift) PQ 4.5/55 mm (O)
Schneider Curtagon 3.5/60mm (O)
Zeiss Distagon PQ 3.5/60 mm (O)
Schneider Xenotar PQ 2.0/80 mm (O)
Zeiss Planar PQ 2.8/80 mm (O)
Zeiss Planar EL PQ 2.8/80 mm (O)
Zeiss Planar PQS 2.8/80 mm (O)
Schneider Xenotar PQS 2.8/80 mm (X)
Schneider AF-Xenotar PQS 2.8/80 mm (X)
Schneider AFD-Xenotar PQS 2.8/80 mm (X)
Schneider Apo Symmar Macro PQS 4.0/90 mm (X)
Zeiss Planar PQ 2.0/110 mm (X)
Zeiss Makro-Planar PQ 4.0/120 mm (O)
Zeiss Makro-Planar PQS 4.0/120 mm (X)
Zeiss Sonnar PQ 4.0/150 mm (O)
Zeiss Sonnar EL PQ 4.0/150 mm (O)
Zeiss Sonar PQS 4.0/150 mm (X)
Schneider AF-Tele Xenar PQS 4.0/150 mm (X)
Schneider Tele Xenar PQS 4.0/150 mm (P)
Schneider AFD-Tele Xenar PQ 4.0/150 mm (O)
Schneider AFD-Tele Xenar PQS 4.0/150 mm (P)
Schneider Apo-Symmar Macro PQ 4.6/150 mm (O)
Schneider Tele-Xenar PQ 2.8/180 mm (O)
Schneider AF-Tele-Xenar PQ 2.8/180 mm (X)
Schneider AFD-Tele-Xenar PQ 2.8/180 mm (X)
Zeiss Sonnar PQ 5.6/250 mm (O)
Zeiss Sonnar EL PQ 5.6/250 mm (O)
Zeiss Sonnar PQS 5.6/250 mm (X)
Schneider Apo-Tele-Xenar PQ 4.0/300 mm (X) incl. lens hood
Zeiss Tele-Tessar PQ 5.6/350 mm (O) incl. lens hood
Zeiss Tele-Tessar PQS 5.6/350 mm (O) incl. lens hood
Zeiss Tele-Tessar EL PQ 8.0/500 mm (O) incl. lens hood
Zeiss Tele-Tessar PQ 8.0/500 mm (O) incl. lens hood
Zeiss Tele-Apo-Tessar PQS 8.0/500 mm (O) incl. lens hood
Zeiss Tele-Tessar PQ 8.0/1000 mm (O) incl. lens hood
Schneider AF-Variogon PQS 4.6/60-140 mm (X) incl. lens hood
Schneider AFD-Variogon PQS 4.6/60-140 mm (P) incl. lens hood
Schneider Variogon PQ 4.5/75-150 mm (O) incl. lens hood
Schneider Variogon PQ 5.6/140-280 mm (X) incl. lens hood