News, Tech Tips, Updates

One last Hy6 Mod2 Kit with 6060 film back left

I've got several new Hy6 Mod2 bodies left, but only one 6060 film back (new) left available. I will sell this with a new Hy6 Mod2 and AFD 80 as a kit.   There may be new 6060 film backs available next year from DW-Photo, but at the moment its hard to know when or even if. 

I do have two used Hy6 bodies with used 6060 film backs available now, and will be photographing and listing them soon. 

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How to program Hy6 Autofocus to a different button than the trigger? (Custom AF mode settings)

With the Hy6 and Hy6 Mod2 its very convenient to program the autofocus to work with a different button than the trigger.  Here's how you do it:  Just set your AF slider switch to the end of travel at the red button, then press and keep holding down the button just above the AF slider (Button #53 in the picture) and adjust the scroll wheel on top of the grip until the display shows Focus - Manual as shown in picture, then release.  Done!   Now when you want to turn on focusing just press this same button #53 above the slider and it will activate the focus when depressed and the shutter button will only trigger the shutter.  

When you want to go back to normal AF operations with AF on the shutter trigger half press,   just switch the AF slider to whatever setting you like. Once you have configured the custom mode you can always go back and it will be the where you had it.   This is convenient since the custom mode red area is always at the end of the slider travel so you never need to look at it, you can just move the slider to the end and know you have it. Nice ergonomics right!  

Note that you can also use this custom mode to set the AF to continuous or to an AF lock mode (where you can't take a picture without having focus lock).  All of this is in the Hy6 user manual under custom AF modes. 

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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     212-529-6825 x224


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

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. 

Click on the link to read the whole story and find out which aftermarket batteries are compatible - and why you might want to stick to the OEM.

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

Blog Entry: I've re-posted a huge list of lenses that work the Rollei Hy6 and 6000 Series cameras!

 - 47 lenses in all!  That's a lot of options for the camera.  About half of those are still available new.

....Click here to see this list and some links to good sources of lens information....

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Beginnings + Updated my Hy6 to Mod2 while in Germany

This is where it all began!  Here's a snap my wife took of me at the Rollei Factory in Braunschweig, Germany.   We were in Germany this summer on a family trip.  I had decided to upgrade my Hy6 to Mod2 specs (keeping the original body panels) and we stopped in to pick it up.  It was really wonderful to meet with Hans Hartje, his son Johannes, and Frank Will, who are all incredibly nice.  I got to see some of the custom Rollei 35's and TLR's they had on hand (very beautiful and very tempting!)  and also had a quick tour of the factory which now is located in the red brick building behind the older yellow building.  I didn't ask but I assume the yellow building is where Rollei started in the 1920's, and after my meeting, I decided to start a US dealership!  I've loved my Rollei cameras for years and taken my best pictures with them. Many of my Rollei Pals used to tease me that I should be a dealer since I knew the cameras so well and after the meeting with them it just made perfect sense to do it.    btw - I'll be posting more about the Mod2 update soon.

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