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News, Tech Tips, Updates
New in stock

RC-100 remote release for Hy6, AFi, and Hy6 Mod2 bodies back in stock

Type C chargers - limited new stock

Some other items back in stock

X-Act2 lens boards and accessories fit the Novoflex Balpro T/S

Here's a more compact sort of mini X-Act2…. 

Nathan Wright of Ohm-Image has posted an interesting review of the Novoflex Balpro T/S showing how you could use your Rollei lenses and X-Act2 lens boards and accessories with the Balpro.  You can also get camera mounts and accessories from Novoflex to mount different cameras such as the A7R to the Balpro which presumably will also fit on the X-Act2 - hmm….  Anyone tried this? 

Balpro T/S review by Nathan Wright

Novoflex website  Balpro camera and lens mounts

DHW factory tour #1
Focusing Screen Sizes for all Rolleiflex SLR and TLR cameras

Here is a little bit of information that I think might be useful for those shopping for focusing screens:

 All the Rollei TLRs with non-interchangeable hoods can take the same size screen (56 mm x 62.5 mm, vertical orientation) by the use of the appropriate spacers (that I include with the installation kit for the particular model).  Those are the Rolleiflex models E, D, C, B, A, all Automats, all PreWWII models (except for the very first model which used 616 film, which requires a special size screen); the Rolleicord models I, II, III, IV, V (also called Va).

All the Rollei TLRs with interchangeable hoods (prior to the GX) take the same size screen (64 mm x 68 mm).  These are the Rolleiflex models E2, E3, F, F12/24, T, Wide Angle Rollei, Tele-Rollei, RolleiMagic, and the Rolleicord Vb.  Also, some non-interchangeable hood models may have been changed to interchangeable hood cameras by repair technicians.

The later Rolleiflex TLR models GX, FX, FW, and FT take a third size screen (55.5 mm x 62.25 mm, horizontal orientation). This is the same size as the SLR cameras from SL 66, SLX, 6000 Series and finally Hy6

Rolleiflex SLR models SL66, SL66E, SLX, the 6000 series cameras, and the Hy6 take the same size screen (55.5 mm x 62.25 mm, horizontal orientation). 

Purple files issue with Hasselblad/Imacon digital backs on the 6000 series explained

For a long time I had gotten occasionally a funny magenta or purple image with my iXpress or Imacon / Hasselblad digital backs on my Rollei 6008AF body.  I figured that sometimes a file just gets corrupted or hit a bad spot on the memory card or there was a loose cable, but on one occasion I had a number of these purple files in one shoot.       I sent some files to Hasselblad Support a few years back and Paul Claesson wrote a very informative e-mail with the explanation.   I found this recently looking through old e-mails and figured this might help someone and am posting it here.  To make the story short - the answer is the mirror up button is not 100% supported with their digital backs on the 6000 series Rolleiflex's.    

The long answer with a better explanation is below in Paul's e-mail:

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Mr. Hiss,

Most apologies for the long delay.

I consulted with corporate support in Denmark regarding your questions.

When you make a capture on the 6008AF, without using the mirror up function. The digital back gets a pre sync signal, to stop the sensor reading out lines and make it ready to receive the image, before the shutter opens.  
If you use the mirror up function, the back doesn't get the pre sync signal, and is not ready for the capture. If you are using a fast shutter speed, the images will get a magenta colorcast and if you zoom in them you will see
a pattern. If you use a slow shutter speed, or capture tethered from the computer, the images will be fine.




Mirror up not used




Paul Claesson
Hasselblad Technical Support

 

 

DHW Sliding back for X-Act2

Did you know that DHW-Fototechnik makes a sliding back for their X-Act2 Cameras?

Here's a picture of what it looks like and the different components that go into it.  The sliding back takes a viewfinder adapter piece and a digital back adapter insert plate.   Shown are the Rolleiflex 6000 series viewfinder adapter piece and the Hy6 adapter piece.  The DHW sliding back adapter with the Hy6 insert fitted gets the sensor about 6mm closer to the lens than the Kapture Group sliding adapter which means a lot for work with wide lenses. 

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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

Using the A7R on the X-Act2 - Richard Gale's solution

A customer of mine, Richard Gale, has come up with a fantastic solution to fit his A7R to his Rollei X-Act2 technical camera that I thought I'd share with all of you.    He's come up with a nicely fabricated package that allows the A7R sensor to be in the same position as the film plane would be if using the Rollei panshot adapter.  Here you can see some pics of his set-up:  Rollei X-ACT2 - a set on Flickr   btw - Mr. Gale has more than a little bit of design and fabrication experience WRT optics - he runs a company that makes unique lenses for cinema cameras http://www.dogschidtoptiks.co.uk

We've e-mailed about making a short run of these adapters - and he thinks he might be able to do so for an estimated $325 - if anyone is interested please get in touch.