Rolleiflex 2.8 GX

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The Rolleiflex 2.8 GX is a medium format TLR camera manufactured by Rollei Fototechnic GmbH.

General

After the bankrupcy of Rollei in 1981, its successor,the Rollei Fototechnic GmbH, had produced some special versions of the Rolleiflex 2.8 F. These were so succesfull that the managment decided to bring out a new Rolleiflex, named the GX.
To simplify production the automatic film start sense mechanism as used on the F was abandoned and instead the way of the Rolleicord was used, a start marker alongside the film gate.
They decided however to incorporate a new lightmeter design which principle, with SI-photo diodes behind semi-transparant parts of the mirror, was succesfully used before on several Rollei SLR's.

There were 2 models manufactured :

  • Model 1 from 1987 to 1994
  • Model 2 from 1995 to 2000, only in special editions.


Model 1 Specifications

  • Format : 12 exposures of 6 x 6 cm on 120 type rollfilm.
  • Taking lens: Carl Zeiss Planar 1:2.8 f=80mm, HFT Coating, made by Rollei.
  • Viewing lens: Heidosmat 1:2.8 f=80mm.
  • Filter Bayonet : Both lenses, size 3.
  • Parallax error correction.
  • Shutter: Synchro-Compur X CR0 leafshutter. Speeds 1 to 1/500 sec. and B.
  • Flash synchronisation : Accessory shoe with system contacts. X-sync socket.
    On film flash measurement with a single SI photo element.
  • Lighmeter system : Coupled, Centre-weighted average metering by two SI photo elements
    behind the finder mirror, Five-LED display in viewfinder. 25 to 6400 ASA
  • Color Laqcuer : Black
  • Color Leatherette : Black
  • Dimensions WxDxH: 109 x 108 x 147 mm
  • Weight: 1235 grams


Model 1 Special Editions

A great deal of the succes of the TLR's produced by Rollei Fototechnic GmbH was due to their special editions which were aimed at the collectors market.

Special edition 60 Years Rolleiflex

  • Production : 1989, 1500 units
  • Some external metal parts gold plated
  • Laqcuer : Medium grey and black
  • Leatherette : Black and Grey, reptile leather motif


Special edition Helmut Newton

  • Production : 1994, 500 units
  • Laqcuer : Black
  • Leatherette : Grey


Special edition Expression 94

  • Production : 1994, 500 units
  • Laqcuer : Black
  • Leatherette : Suede, Anthracite


Special edition Gold Expression 94

  • Production : 1994, 33 units
  • External metal parts 24karat gold plated
  • Laqcuer : Black
  • Leatherette : Brown


Special edition Japan

  • Production : 1995, 130 units
  • First GX with a Seiko leafshutter, Seiko Nr.0
  • External metal parts gold plated
  • Laqcuer : Blue Urushi
  • Leatherette : Dark brown, reptile leather motif

Because of the Seiko shutter this special edition of the GX can be considered as a transition between model 1 and 2.

Model 2 Specifications

Only differences with Model 1 shown.

  • Shutter: Seiko Nr.0 leafshutter. Speeds 1 to 1/500 sec. and B. (Except first part of the "75 years Rollei" edition)
  • Improved design of the Focus Knob which now hides the battery compartment cover
  • Different design of neckstrap attachment


Model 2 Special Editions

All "GX Model 2" cameras were delivered in special editions which were aimed at the collectors market.

Special edition 75 years Rollei

  • Production : 1995, 900 units
  • Many external metal parts gold plated
  • Laqcuer : Black
  • Leatherette : Brown, reptile leather motif

First part of this edition still equiped with a Synchro-Compur X CR0 leafshutter.


Special edition Expression

  • Production : 1995 to 1996, 1000 units
  • Laqcuer : Black
  • Leatherette : Matt black, extra grip


Special edition Club Rollei Jersey

  • Production : 1996, 100 units
  • Laqcuer : Black
  • Leatherette : Bordeaux red, reptile leather motif


Special edition Rolleiflex 2,8 Royal

  • Production : 1996 to 2000, 1000 units
  • Some external metal parts gold plated
  • Laqcuer : Blue Urushi
  • Leatherette : Brown, reptile leather motif



Bibliography

  • Claus Prochnow, Rollei Report 4, first edition, Braunschweig, Lindemanns Verlag, 1997, ISBN 3-89506-170-0.


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