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TTL metering on an old TLR? How's that possible?

The easiest way to get TTL metering on a Twin Lens Reflex (TLR)  Rolleiflex is of course to buy a new one, but let's say you love your old 2.8F and want to do things a different way?    Well here's how you can do this in two steps....

1) buy or build an adapter frame that fits your camera like the WLF would on the bottom side and that accepts a metering prism that is already made - there are a few of these adapters on ebay and I was curious so I bought one.

2) buy a metering prism.  In my case  I needed one that came in the Hasselblad V mount so I found a Russian copy that is a bit cheaper.  

See the results!   Does it work?  Well it does work okay.   And its for sale here! Metering Prism for TLR

Custom TLR Leather and Covering Choices now shown

Hi All,

I have received a color swatch packet from DHW-Fototechnik with a sample of each covering option available for the Rolleiflex TLR's.  Now those of you interested in personalizing your new Rolleiflex can see the different options.  I've uploaded pictures for each TLR model product page and also put them on this page here: TLR Custom Leather and Covering Choices

List of all corrective diopters available for Rollei cameras

Rolleiflex 6008/ Hy6

Lichtschacht/ Waistleverfinder
Bildlage/Image Pos. Dioptrien/ Diopter Teile Nr./ Part No.
-4.5 9 57559.00.008
-3.5 10 57559.00.007
-2.5 11 57559.00.006
-1.5 12 57559.00.001
-0.5 13 57559.00.005 *
0.5 14 57559.00.004
1.5 15 57559.00.003
2.5 16 57559.00.002
Prisma 45°/ Prismfinder 45°
Bildlage/Image Pos. Dioptrien/ Diopter
-4.5 4.5 94377.00.000
-3.5 5.5 94376.00.000
-2.5 6.5 94375.00.000
-1.5 7.5 94374.00.000
-0.5 8.5 94356.00.000 *
0.5 9.5 96970.00.100
1.5 10.5 94372.00.000
2.5 11.5 94373.00.000
Prisma 90°, Fernrohrsucher 90° / Viewfinder 90°
Bildlage/Image Pos. Dioptrien/ Diopter
-4 4.5 94377.00.000
-3 5.5 94376.00.000
-2 6.5 94375.00.000
-1.5 7 98656.00.000
-1 7.5 94374.00.000 *
0 8.5 94356.00.000
1 9.5 96970.00.100
2 10.5 94372.00.000
3 11.5 94373.00.000
* Standardlupe / Standard diopter

Rolleiflex 2,8 FX/ 4,0 FW/4,0 FT

Lichtschacht/ Waistleverfinder (auch für /also for 2,8 GX/ F / 3,5 F,..)
Bildlage/Image Pos. Dioptrien/ Diopter Teile Nr./ Part No.
-4.5 9.5 92190.41.009
-3.5 10.5 92190.41.010
-2.5 11.5 92190.41.011
-1.5 12.5 92190.41.012
-0.5 13.5 92190.41.013 *
0.5 14.5 92190.41.014
1.5 15.5 92190.41.015
2.5 16.5 92190.41.016
3.5 17.5 92190.41.017
Prisma 45°/ Prismfinder 45°
Bildlage/Image Pos. Dioptrien/ Diopter Teile Nr./ Part No.
-3.5 5.5 94376.00.000
-2.5 6.5 94375.00.000
-1.5 7.5 94374.00.000
-0.5 8.5 94356.00.000 *
0.5 9.5 96970.00.100
1.5 10.5 94372.00.000
2.5 11.5 94373.00.000
Prisma 90° / Viewfinder 90°
Bildlage/Image Pos. Dioptrien/ Diopter Teile Nr./ Part No.
-3.5 5.5 94376.00.000
-2.5 6.5 94375.00.000
-1.5 7 98658.00.000
-0.5 7.5 94374.00.000 *
0.5 8.5 94356.00.000
1.5 9.5 96970.00.100
2.5 10.5 94372.00.000
3.5 11.5 94373.00.000
* Standardlupe / Standard diopter
TLR pop up magnifiers - Table of available corrective diopters

Table of Corrective Diopters available for pop up magnifiers in the TLR Waist Level Finder

Rolleiflex TLR  2.8FX   4.0 FW and 4.0 FT    (will also fit 2.8 GX, F, 3.5 F and other models with removable WLF)

For some older cameras the label may no longer be visible - you can have an optomatrist read the diopter power and then reference this chart to determine what is installed and what value you need.    * blue item is the standard value

Diopter Labeled Value  Diopter Power Catalog Number
-4.5 9.5 92190.41.009
-3.5 10.5 92190.41.010
-2.5 11.5 92190.41.011
-1.5 12.5 92190.41.012
-0.5 13.5 92190.41.013 *
+ 0.5 14.5 92190.41.014
+ 1.5 15.5 92190.41.015
+ 2.5 16.5 92190.41.016
+ 3.5 17.5 92190.41.017
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Infrared film on the TLR's and Bay IV Adapter to Filter Ring Tip

Several people have mentioned to me that like shooting infrared films on particularly the TLR's because they can leave the filter in place but still be able to compose and focus with the taking lens.  Not having to remove, focus, and refit the filter for every shot is really handy!    Nice tip! I've got a stockpile of infrared film just waiting for a bit of time to go shoot it, and maybe I'll take my TLR with me now. :-)

But IR filters in Bay IV mounts have been hard to get lately (DHW does stock other bay IV filters), so there are a couple solutions.  The Rolleiflex filter adapter is one and quite handy, but also a bit expensive.  But there are aftermarket Bay IV to filter adapters that might be worth checking out.  See this link to an ebay vendor - that I have no connection with btw - but they look good.  That way you can fit many different types of filters including the IR filter with the cutoff frequency you need. 

 

All about batteries - Part 2: TLR's

What? TLR's have batteries?

Yes, the new ones with TTL electronic metering do! But don't worry, they last a really long time. My personal TLR is a 2.8F from before I was born, and it was given to me by my ersatz father, but I am eyeing the FW (wide) a lot lately - one with dark brown leather. Hmm...  

I understand that some owners have never even changed their batteries so these must last pretty long, but the 2.8 FX, 2.8 FX-N, 4.0 FW and 4.0 FT   TLR Cameras all have a little battery in them that powers the metering electronics and display lights:   It's a type PX28L and they are user replaceable.   Johannes Hartje from the factory has written me that not all PX28's are created equal, and therefore DHW-Fototechnik recommends using either the Duracell P28L or the Varta V28PXL both of which can be found on Amazon  or at local shops.  If there is enough interest, I will stock these in my store as a convenience.