In 2009 the Rolleiflex Celebrated 80 Years in Production.
When the 6 x 6 twin-lens Rolleiflex was launched in 1929, it was an instant success – an ingenious camera principle that made the names of Rollei / Franke & Heidecke world-famous almost overnight and became a legend in its own right.
For the professional photographers of its time, the twin-lens reflex by Franke & Heidecke was an absolute “must”. And wherever in the world there was an event that would determine the course of history, its images were captured with a Rolleiflex – because there was no magazine or photo book that appeared without Rolleiflex photos.
It inspired many another camera development, while others became possible only because of it. In the decades that followed, innovative designs by the Franke & Heidecke Rollei company time and again gave new impetus to photography and pointed the way to the future.
For the Occasion a beautifully crafted , gold-plated set of the Rolleiflex FT , FW and FX was made in limited quantities.
In the anniversary year 2009, Franke & Heidecke commemorated the sensational success of their twin-lens Rolleiflex. In memory of this pioneering feat of camera building, this legendary camera was made available as an exclusive set of three in a special edition of only 80 units.
◆ Trimmings 14-carat hard-gold plated
◆ Leather camera covering in Bordeaux Nappa
◆ Accessory set of CNC-milled lens hoods and filter adapters
◆ Supplied in a precious walnut presentation case
Official Franke & Heidecke Specifications
Twin-lens reflex camera with TTL metering and
TTL autoflash control.
6 x 6 cm.
Film-speed setting on camera from ISO 25/15º
to ISO 6400/39º.
Center-weighted average metering by two silicon
photo diodes. Five-LED display in viewfinder.
EV 3 – 18/3.2 – 100000 asb/1 – 33000 cd/m2
at ISO 100/21º, with 80 mm f/2.8 lens.
Rolleiflex 2.8 FX:
80mm Planar f/2.8 HFT, diagonal coverage 53º,
size III filter bayonet,
focusing from ∞ to 1 m.
Rolleiflex 4.0 FW:
50mm Schneider Super-Angulon f/4.0 HFT,
diagonal coverage 75º, size IV filter bayonet,
focusing from ∞ to 0.60 m.
Rolleiflex 4.0 FT:
135mm Schneider Super-Angulon f/4.0 HFT,
diagonal coverage 33º, size IV filter bayonet,
focusing from ∞ to 1.50 m.
Leafshutter (1 to 1/500 s and B), X-synchronized.
Aperture and shutter speed cross-coupled with
Heidosmat viewfinder lens 80mm f/2.8 or 50 mm f/4
and 135 mm f/4.
Standard folding hood.
Parallax compensation for focus distance.
Interchangeable for 45º or 90º prism finder.
Interchangeable viewing screens.
Standard focusing screen
Rolleiflex 2.8 FX: Bright focusing screen with central
microprism and split-image rangefinder.
Rolleiflex 4.0 FW and 4.0 FT: High-D-Screen.
1/500 s to 1 s and B. Hot accessory shoe with contacts
for TTL autoflash control in conjunction with dedicated
flash units and dedicated adapter SCA 356.
X sync terminal for plug.
TTL flash metering via additional silicon photo diode.
By shutter-setting crank. Automatic stop at frame 1.
Double-exposure lock with override. Frame counter
from 1 to 12, automatically resetting when film is
1/4″ tripod socket.
Unique Rollei TLR Book
In the 1900's though we had to surrender ourselves to Sales brochures, clever Sales people and Word of mouth to decide what Camera to buy. I thought it to be nice addition to add a review option to each Rollei Gear Page.
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