Rollei Rolleiflex 2.8 FX Medium Format Twin Lens Reflex Camera

Rollei Rolleiflex 2.8 FX Medium Format Twin Lens Reflex Camera

Rollei Rolleiflex 2.8 FX Medium Format Twin Lens Reflex Camera

B&H # ROR2.8FX MFR # 66603

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  • Built-In 80mm f/2.8 Planar Lens
  • 6 x 6 Medium Format TLR
  • Uses 120 Roll Film

Rollei Rolleiflex 2.8 FX Overview

  • 1Description

The Rollei 2.8GX
The major difference between the previous 2.8GX camera and the 2.8FX is mostly cosmetic. The camera is covered with brown alligator embossed calf's leather. Chrome plated edges on the back add to the camera's sophisticated & elegant appearance. The logo on the front of the camera is the same which adorned Rolleiflex cameras of the 1930s.

The well-proven carrying strap eyelets of earlier models have been re-introduced. Rollei's legendary twin-lens reflex camera with an 80 mm Planar f/2.8 HFT lens; comes with protective lens cap, carrying strap and size III filter bayonet.

A Photographic Legend
Photography has its legends. One of these is undoubtedly the twin-lens Rolleiflex for 6x6cm. When first introduced in 1929, this style of camera was a sensation and the principle behind it was a real stroke of genius. The Rolleiflex was to have a decisive influence on the history of photography during the ensuing decades. Wherever some event occurred that was to decide the course of history, someone was capturing it on film using a Rollei.

This is why twin-lens reflex camera enthusiasts and top professionals have repeatedly asked Rollei to continue this classic camera design - but with all the added advantages of modern technology. The result is the Rolleiflex 2.8 FX; the classic twin-lens design with the exposure features of a modern automatic Rolleiflex camera.

The 6x6 Format
Many photographers prefer the 6x6 format. It allows part of the image to be subsequently enlarged in a horizontal or vertical format without any need to have the orientation of the picture fixed right from the start. 6x6 has more than 4x the area of 35mm.

The tiring "against-the-eye" viewfinder has been done away with and with it the uncertain feeling that some details could have been missed in the small image field. The large bright image in the ground-glass focusing screen gives the photographer the feeling of being part of the scene and a greater chance of realizing his/her creative ideas. The larger format also ensures superior resolution for details which is also valuable during slide projection.

Ease of Use
The 2.8 FX can be used as a companion camera to your automatic camera. The extremely quiet shutter makes it ideal for every situation where discretion is required. Its lightweight and ease of handling is an advantage when you want to be at the ready for spontaneous photo situations where ranging focal length is not required. Modern TTL exposure metering and flash metering at the film surface provide the ideal combination of tradition and progress. ]

In addition, the camera features a fold-away crank that moves the film with a quick swinging motion, simultaneously cocking the shutter and advancing the frame counter - but still allowing multiple exposures. Other features include film speed adjustment of 25-6400 ISO, cable release socket, lockable shutter release and flash hot shoe with center and control contacts for dedicated operation with any flash units using the SCA 300 System.

High-Quality Lens
The Planar 80mm f/2.8 lens is a top-of-the-line lens design and features very small curvature of the image field and very high color correction. With the special Rollei HFT coating, this lens provides great resolution, excellent contrast and outstanding color brilliance. Color LED indicators in the viewfinder show "under/over" exposure in half stops. The center-weighted integral metering characteristic is decidedly practical. Exposure balance is obtained by the follow-up principle, with aperture or speed priority.

TTL Flash
Modern TTL flash metering also presents no difficulties for the 2.8 FX using the Rollei SCA 356 adapter and an automatic flash unit on the SCA 300 system. With this combination, a sensor measures the light reflected from the film surface during exposure. The flash control electronics in the Rollei 356 adapter meters out the flash energy required for the exposure.

As well as automatic flash units, any other flash unit can be directly connected to this camera. The TTL automatic flash system is then inoperative and the flash control is provided by the flash unit.

The Rollei Advantage
In conclusion, the Rollei 2.8FX is the latest development in Rollei's TLR camera series. It is a reliable, mechanical camera with 70 years of development behind it. These latest Rolleiflex cameras are familiar and easy to use.

They feature a renowned Zeiss-licensed, Rollei-built 80mm f/2.8 Planar lens and incorporate center-weighted TTL light metering with a viewfinder read-out and the capability of TTL "Off-the-Film" flash exposure. Compact, portable and quiet, the 2.8FX is a successfully updated, classic medium format camera.

Classic Twin Lens Reflex (TLR) Camera
Built-in light meter with LED viewfinder display
TTL/OTF flash capabilities with SCA system compatible flashes
In the Box
Rollei Rolleiflex 2.8 FX Medium Format Twin Lens Reflex Camera
  • Folding Waist Level Finder
  • Spare Lens Cap for Rollei 2.8GX - Size Bay III
  • Neck Strap for the 2.8FX and 4.0FW Cameras (Black)
  • Focusing Screen Bright Matte w/ Grid-Lines
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    • 1Description

    Rollei Rolleiflex 2.8 FX Specs

    Camera Type Manual focus, leaf shutter, Twin Lens Reflex (TLR)
    Format 6 x 6cm
    Film Back/Loading Standard manual loading, match arrows, close back and wind to first frame
    Film Type 120 film ONLY: 6 x 6 (12 frames)
    Lens/Mount Built-in 80mm f/2.8 Rollei Planar HFT; Equivalent to a 52mm lens in the 35mm format; Angle of view = 53 degrees; Bay III filter mount size
    Shutter Seiko mechanical lens shutter; Shutter speeds 1 sec. to 1/500th and B
    Shutter Release Lock-able button release on camera body lower front; Accepts standard mechanical cable release
    Self Timer Not Applicable
    Flash Synchronization Flash synchronization possible at all shutter speeds; Standard PC connection for electronic flash connection on camera body lower front; TTL flash dedicated hot shoe on camera body lower side; TTL/OTF flash metering possible with SCA compatible flash units when used with optional SCA356 adapter
    Mirror Lock-Up Not Applicable
    Exposure Metering TTL center-weighted manual exposure; Metering range EV 3-18
    Exposure Bracketing Not Applicable
    Exposure Compensation Possible for TTL flash via ISO setting dial
    Depth-of-Field Preview Not Applicable
    Viewfinder Folding viewfinder hood is supplied as standard and is interchangeable with optional 45 degree and 90 degree prism finders. Parallax compensation corresponding to distance set. Interchangeable standard focusing screen is a split-image/micro prism type with grid-lines. Note: This camera uses the same focusing screens as the 6000 series Rollei models.
    Viewfinder Info Metering indication by five LED's
    Film Transport Permanent manual film winding crank located on camera body side which simultaneously advances the film and cocks the shutter.
    Multiple Exposure Yes
    Focusing System Manual with rotating knob on camera body side; Minimum focusing distance = 1m (3.3 feet). This camera includes a gold-plated Rolleinar II close-up lens set. The Rolleinar II set is only available with this 75th Anniversary model. Optional Rolleinar I close-up lens set #ROR1SB3 allows for focusing at distances from 39 1/2 to 17 3/4" (100 to 45cm).
    Power Source PX28 type 6V silver oxide or lithium battery. Battery powers light meter only
    Custom Functions Not Applicable
    Data Imprinting Not Applicable
    Tripod Mount 1/4" standard socket with integral mounting plate for rapid mounting with the optional Rolleifix quick-release tripod mount #96548
    Dimensions 5.8 x 4.3 x 4.25" (147 x 109 x 108mm) HWD
    Weight 1.275kg (45 oz)
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    Package Weight 3.8 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 10.25 x 8.4 x 6.05"

    Rollei Rolleiflex 2.8 FX Reviews

    Rolleiflex 2.8 FX Medium Format Twin Lens Reflex Camera is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 4.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from American market or grey market? The camera arrived on time and in, apparently, good condition. The first problem is the focusing screen. The split-image is present and seems to work (no film shot yet). The microprism ring is present, but there is no microprism pattern visible. The major problem is the lack of english language Warrenty Information stating that this camera is intended for the American market and is not some piece of relative junk for which Rollei has no concern or support. I have called B&H regarding this problem, have waited 3-4 days for an e-mail and will hope for satisfaction in 3-4 more days.
    Date published: 2014-04-04
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Rolleiflex 2.8 FX Review My dream camera. My interest in photography began over 45 years ago, but have been out of it for thirty years. Hoping to be a better photographer. The camera was imported from Japan and not through the American importer. The focusing screen's fresnel ring is poor, the rest works ok. The screen looks cheap but may be real, am not sure. The phrase Bay III needs to be explained better. The mark for the film advance is, from previous experience, a little odd in its placement. Everything else looks good. After checking, this is a current Model and will probably be serviced if needed. When considering this camera, consider my complaints and decide for yourself. I expect only good things.
    Date published: 2014-04-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful piece of kit I have various vintage cameras and shoot 120 film regularily and have done for the past 50 years. Of them all the Rolleiflex is my favorite. My model is the Rolleiflex MX-EVS type 2 with a f3.5 tessar lens and was made in 1954. It is in perfect conditon and functions as new. I use colour print film as it has a higher latitude than B&W and allows me then to print in both colour and B&W. I scan my negs and then post process in Lightroom if necessary. If shooting with B&W film the processing is easy at home although I don't do this anymore. Colour print film is much more I process this through a lab. You will not regret this camera and it will surely become a family heirloom as it will never become obsolete. The files are simply amazing. Crystal clear and the bokeh is silky smooth with the film grain adding texture. The 6x6 format has its own unique perspective which I am unable to duplicate with my FX digital camera. Just like the enjoyment of Slow Food, this camera gives the same pleasure and experience to photography as the images seem that much more valuable when one has to tale time in capturing them.
    Date published: 2015-04-06
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Too Expensive I love this camera..but if they want to actually sell them they need to be much more realistic and less greedy...thank you very much
    Date published: 2013-02-19
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