The Rolleiflex 6008 AF
The world's first 6x6cm medium format autofocus single-lens reflex camera. True to the Rollei philosophy, it is packed full of useful features. These include integrated motorized film transport, a choice of metering modes, display of key information in the finder system and professional power supply via the rechargeable NiCad.
The main camera functions such as focusing, exposure and flash switch-on can be performed automatically, if desired. Demanding professional photographers and amateur enthusiasts will also be able to set all the camera modes by hand to realize their creative ambitions to the fullest.
The Rolleiflex 6008 AF is fully compatible with the 6000 system, which means that all the former lenses can be used - even the SLX lenses from 1976 with in-focus indication. Thus, the Rolleiflex 6008 AF is very interesting for all users of the 6000 system.
The illuminated LC finder display serves as a permanently visible control center. It indicates: Shutter Speed, Aperture, Focusing Status, Battery Status, Pre-Flash Metering, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, Program AE, Exposure Correction, Spot, Multi-Spot and Average Metering, Exposure Lock, Horizontal/Vertical Format with 6x4.5 frame counter.
On location, additional special modes can also be added via the Mode Switch. They can be selected with the Memo Button and entered via the Shutter Release Button. The following settings can be made, and if necessary, changed in this way: Switch-over of AF metering zone, pre-selection of the number of frames in continuous shooting mode, flash sync time, pre-flash metering, self-timer, display on/off, silent running on/off, cancel film advance on/off (for multiple exposures without mirror movement), center weighting for exposure metering on/off, reset mode.
In addition, autofocus mode with H-sensor (three zone sensor), adjustable to one or three sensors. AF mode switch for special modes such as "Trap" for trap focus, and "Man" for working with manual lenses of the 6000 System.
Full Flash Control
New flash control via special SCA Adapter 3562 in conjunction with Metz dedicated flash, e.g. Metz 54 MZ-3. In poor light conditions or with low contrast subjects, the optical system of the LED integrated in the system flash unit projects a striped pattern onto the subject being metered. This enables the camera's AF module to measure the distance quickly and correctly.
The Metz dedicated flash switches on automatically if desired in poor available light. The zoom reflector is also controlled automatically in parallel with the AF lenses. Yet, another useful feature is that the flash output can be readily monitored when working with studio flash units.
A digital back can be used via the serial port of the Rolleiflex 6008 AF to control the functions directly via the camera contacts without any additional cables. A further highlight is the possibility of programming the camera's functions via a PC. Rollei's special Windows software communicates with the camera via the 14-pin universal socket.
Two interchangeable AF lenses from Schneider-Kreuznach will become available in Summer 2002: The 180mm f/2.8 AF Tele-Xenar and the 60-140mm f/4.6 AF-Variogon HFT. At the end of the year, the lens range will be expanded by the 80mm f/2.8 AF-Xenotar HFT.