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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. 

https://rolleiflex.us/products/rolleilfex-fx-tlr-with-brown-leather-cap-shade-strap-and-soft-case-used

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.

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.