Rolleiflex Still Happily Making Analog TLR Cameras, FX-N to Debut at Photokina

Did you know that Rolleiflex is still producing its high-end analog twin-lens reflex cameras? Apparently there’s enough photographers out there buying them for there to be a small, niche market, because Rollei is planning to show off a new model at Photokina 2012 next week.

The FX-N is a 6×6 medium format TLR camera that is an updated version of the Rolleiflex FX, a camera that costs over $5,000. The only difference it has with its predecessor (or sibling) is that it features a new Heidosmat 80mm f/2.8 viewfinder lens and a Rollei S-Apogon 80mm f/2.8 main lens that offer a shorter minimum focusing distance of 55 centimeters.

There’s also an updated version of the Rolleiflex Hy6, a $7,900 medium format camera that can be used with both film and digital backs:

The difference between this latest refresh and the original version is that that the new camera features a new grip, updated firmware, a reinforced tripod platen, and redesigned mechanics inside the camera that reduce mirror movement.

To be clear, Rolleiflex is simply a brand that was originally used by the German company Franke & Heidecke. The original Rolleiflex hit the market in 1929. After the company became insolvent in the late 2000s, employees left to create a new company called DHW Fototechnik GmbH, which revived a number of Rollei lines… including the two cameras discussed here.

I’m guessing PetaPixel readers aren’t the types of photographers who would even consider dropping a fat chunk of dough on these two cameras, but it’s interesting seeing that cameras like the FX-N are still being made.

(via Photoscala via PhotoRumors)

P.S. If you like the look of TLR cameras, check out this TLR-style digital camera, and this TLR pencil sharpener.

  • Gabor Szantai

    I still use my Yashica MAT 124G TLR camera and crave for a Rolleiflex when I am daydreaming on Ebay…

  • sierrarobba

    I’m considering to buy a used rolleiflex TLR in near future!!!!!!!

  • Adam

    I have a beat up old Rolleiflex TLR, glad to see the company still lives on in some form or another.

  • Sam Agnew

    I would SO drop a big chunk of change on those sexy beasts. If I had it…

  • Mako Koiwai

    Popular in Japan … which is also the number one market for Leica’s

  • paul

    Deutchland izt wonderba… japon schiza…ya….jaon ist schitza

  • OSAM

    You and me both.

  • Stian Green

    Nice to see that the overall layout and design is the same as my old Automat X from 1949

  • Alan Dove

    If I could only keep one camera, I’d probably pick my old Rolleiflex TLR. I don’t think I’d pay $5,000 for an “updated” one, though.

  • David Simm

    I had an SL66 in the seventies, it was only short of a three legged stool, bucket and an udder

  • Cygni

    Rolleiflex FX-N, What a beauty!

  • Erik Lundh

    “Like the Hasselblad medium format cameras it resembles, the Hy6 is manufactured in Germany.”

    The Hasselblad i made in Sweden. Developed in Sweden and Denmark. Lenses by Fujifilm in Japan.

  • Michael Zhang

    Ah you’re right. That error has been removed, thanks!

  • Tim

    Funny that; i never use my 124g but i still wouldn’t mind a Rolleiflex 2.8F!

  • Dodi Heru

    ” … I’m guessing PetaPixel readers aren’t the types of photographers who
    would even consider dropping a fat chunk of dough on these two cameras,
    but it’s interesting seeing that cameras like the FX-N are still being
    made. ”

    well , you wrong actually. Petapixel is not for digital camera only.

  • John

    I used to love the old TLR Rollie two reservations where the L shaped film back which made it difficult to handle on a tripod and having only 12 exposures made it slightly tedious with film changing. Image quality superb. Pongo

  • Samantha Owens

    I want to buy a Rolleiflex, used preferably (maybe $300-$400?). I think a TLR would be awesome and I still love shooting film.

  • Dave

    Bought my 2.8F in ’77 for $500. I still use it regularly.

  • Anton

    It is quite pricy, but as soon as I strike it rich I’m gonna get me a few of these including the new telephoto version. I shoot with Rollei TLRs almost exclusively and welcome anyone who reads this and admires these cameras to join the Rolleiflex group on facebook – we have close to 3000 members there and ALL shoot film and love it! It’s a nice group where you can find advice and even have cameras come up for sale every once in a while.
    For anyone thinking of buying a Rollei TLR – I highly recommend saving up some dough and going with a model E or F. I have not found ANY advantages in 2.8 over 3.5 lenses (other than the 1/2 stop of light of course), so I really don’t think that spending the extra cash on the 2.8 is worth it. Plus – you can get the 3.5 model F these days for about $700 (the price dropped in the past year or so from almost 2x that, so right now is a good time to buy). Also, I don’t know why, but I have a huge preference for Planar lenses, but I have seen some really nice shots from Schneiders too – of course I am looking at these as scans at 72dpi on a computer screen, so there’s really no telling how good those negs really are. All I know is that I have pulled gelatin silver prints up to 30x30in from my Planar 3.5 (and the Tele and Wide models for that matter) and everyone who sees them is blown away by how sharp they are.

    Good shooting folks!

  • john

    My favorite camera is my 1955 Rolleiflex 2.8C Xenotar which looks very similar to the FX-N, it’s great to see Rolleiflex’s are still being made. Modern digital cameras are great but they just don’t have the class or character of the old film cameras.



  • davidvoth

    You are very lucky to have it. I own 2.8C Xenotar as well. The lens produces incredibly sharp images. I haven’t shot it in about 25 years. If someone made a reasonably priced digital back for it, I’d seriously consider buying one.

  • Paddy Ronaghan

    I have 2 Rolle Sl 66 cameras & lenses i would like to sell same.

    Paddy Ronaghan.