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News, Tech Tips, Updates
6000 Batteries and chargers

April 2020

The new factory made charger, the D type, seems to be working well and I'm told by technician Dave Feely at Key Camera Service, that in his testing the NiMH celled batteries are getting fully charged in less time with less heat.  Less heat means longer life.   

While the factory is supplying me with new chargers, they've not had any new 6000 batteries available for months.   I'm in need of dead or old 6000 battery cores for rebuilding.  If you have any just laying around, I'd be happy to buy them from you at $25 each so I can get them rebuilt and out to users.  This will help another Rolleiflex user in need!  Thank you!

Factory releases Type D charger for Rolleiflex 6000 series and Lens control S batteries

The older C-Type charger has been out of production for some time, and I'm happy to announce that the factory has come up with a new charger solution for the batteries.  These work with the NiMH celled batteries and will charge the ones with higher capacity cells all the way up.   I'm stocking the ones with power supplies with US plugs but have a few protoypes with Euro plugs so if you need one just e-mail me.

https://rolleiflex.us/products/rolleiflex-type-d-charger-for-6000-series-batteries-with-nimh-cells

Black Friday / Cyber Monday deals

Normally I don't participate in these big sale events - partly because Rolleiflex items are not mass produced commodities and also because I don't have much margin to work with.  That said, I do have a number of brand new in box lenses that I would be happy to find good homes for and I'm happy to make deals on. 

Just write me an e-mail if you want one and I'll send you a discount code for it.

Here's the list - all brand new in sealed boxes:

  • 150mm AFD PQS lens - 1 available
  • 180mm AFD PQ lenses - 1 available
  • 90mm PQS APO Macro Lens - 1 available
  • 80mm AFD PQS lenses - 2 available
  • 150mm PQS Sonnar - 1 available

And factory refurbished:

  • 50mm AF PQS
  • 50mm AFD PQS

 

 

 

Leaf AFi-ii 12 digital back available soon

Just a FYI that I will have an 80mp Leaf AFi-ii 12 back available soon.  Actually, it's available now, but I haven't photographed it yet.  This is the one with the articulating screen and revolving sensor.  These had a higher level of integration with the Hy6 cameras than the Credo backs and are hard to find.    

Feel free to contact me. 

Factory Visit Summer 2016 - Yes they are still in business!

Yes Rolleiflex is still making cameras!  You might have heard about their insolvency and auction, but they restarted quickly and are still in business. Their new business name is now DW-Photo GmbH and they are located in the same factory space in Braunschweig as for the last 65 years.   Here’s a little summary of what’s going on there now

DW-Photo GmbH Factory visit July 2016

I visited DW-Photo GmbH this summer and was pleasantly surprised by how their restart has gone since the auction.   I’ve got some photos and notes to share with everyone from the visit:

Overall thoughts:

They are located in the same building that the factory has been in for many decades, but in a much smaller space that is about 600 square meters. This appears to be the portion of the previous space that was the clean room area and a bit more. The lower floors with heavy machinery for manufacturing, polishing and painting the metal parts as well as the cellar are all now completely empty and so far not cleaned up let alone occupied. This makes getting to the new space a bit eerie but once you are inside their portion everything starts to look very clean and organized. Actually I have never seen it so clean and efficient looking.   DW has managed to get most of their important calibration tools needed for assembly as can be seen in the photos. Some of them are a bit old but still work well and are fine for their production requirements. I was very happy to see that they do still have their print room with many of the original engineering drawings and also their server with all the electronic engineering and production drawings and information. They will obviously have to use outside machine and parts makers to produce the needed parts but this won’t be such a problem since they have the engineering drawings and specification files.  Staff is reported to be about 10 employees though not all are working full time.

 

Current production is focused on the Hy6 Mod2 cameras and lenses. Hans tells me they are making about 6-10 new cameras a month in addition to doing upgrades to Hy6 Mod2 and all the service and repairs. They are working on a new production run of the 6060 film backs for these cameras that hopefully will be available some time soon.   At the moment they are not assembling any TLR cameras, nor any 6000 cameras or the Rollei 35. It did appear that they were preparing a few projectors but had limited supply.   I did see a good amount of parts for the 6000 series cameras, as well as some for the TLR’s and Rollei 35’s too when I looked briefly through their parts bins.

 

Service:   They can service any Hy6 or AFi body, and can perform upgrades to Mod2 bodies on most bodies that have the 3.10 firmware and the where the 3 digit in the serial number is a 3 or higher – best to ask first.   They can repair any 6000 or Hy6 lens and in fact while I was there Rolf and Sabine were working on repairing a 500mm Tele-APO-tessar PQS lens. Rolf confirmed that only 20 of these were made.

Address for service is: 

DW-Photo GmbH
Attention: Service
Salzdahlumer Strasse 196
38126 Braunschweig 
Germany

 

 

110mm f/2.0, 30mm PQ fisheye and 60mm Curtagon all available

I've gotten in one more new (open box) 110mm f/2.0 lens along with a lot of new items including Hy6 Mod2's, 6060 film backs,  and some TLR accessories like lens shades.  

I also have a few other rare lenses come into my used department lately including the 30mm PQ fisheye, the 60mm Schneider Curtagon, and also the Imagon.

Not much of my new inventory is listed yet so if you are looking for something please e-mail me….

 

 

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