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Editor Ferdi Stutterheim

Rolleiflex 6008i 1327, Photo F.W. Stutterheim
Photograph of a Rolleiflex 6008i. The ISO switch is visible on the film magazine. The red button is the release for opening the magazine for film (insert) change. The black button is the release for magazine change. The laminar dark-slide must be moved all the way up before changing or opening the magazine. The camera body shows the aperture pre-view stop-down button, the main switch (off, S, C, S±). The large white button is the exposure meter key. The system socket accepts the electric cable release or the Master Control Unit.
Photo ©2020  F.W. Stutterheim

Comparative Chart 1988 - 2015

Rolleiflex 6008, 6003 and 6001 cameras

Item Description 6008 prof
6008 prof SRC1000
6003 SRC 1000
6008 i
6003 prof
6008 E
6001 prof 6008 AF 6008 i2
Camera type Single Lens Reflex system camera. Electronic micro-processor control, multi-mode exposure control (not 6001), multi-function metering (not 6001), automatic TTL flash control and motorised film transport (up to 2.5 frames/sec). Electronically controlled leaf shutter from 1/500 (with PQ lens) or 1/1000 (with PQS lens) to 30 sec plus B and T driven by Direct Drive linear motor integrated in each lens. yes yes yes yes yes
Micro-processor generation 2 3 3 unknown unknown
Production years 09/1988‑12/1992
01/1993‑03/1994
04/1994‑08/1996
04/1995‑2002
09/1996‑2002
06/1997‑2000
04/1998‑     09/2002‑2015 09/2002‑2015
Frame size 6×6 cm, 4.5×6 cm, 6×4.5 cm (2¼×2¼ in, 1⅝×2¼ in, 2¼×1⅝ in). yes yes yes yes yes
Film types 120 and 220 roll film for 12/24 exposures of 6×6 or 6×4.5 cm or 16/32 exposures of 4.5×6 cm; Polaroid film packs for 10 exposures. yes yes yes yes yes
Film speed Can be set on Magazine 6000 or film back in ⅓ stop increments from ISO 25 to 6400. yes yes yes yes yes
Can be set on camera body in ⅓ stop increments from ISO 25 to 6400. no no no no yes
Digital Can be used with various digital backs yes/no1 yes/no1 yes/no1 yes yes
Focussing 3 Zones Auto Focus-H sensor no no no yes no
Auto Focus with dedicated AF-lenses no no no yes no
Manual, Focus Confirmation with non-AF lenses no no no yes no
Manual, no Focus Confirmation yes yes yes yes
Supported lenstypes Original Non-PQ lenses (“HFT”) limited limited limited limited limited
PQ lenses yes yes yes yes yes
PQS lenses yes yes yes yes yes
AF Lenses (with aperture ring) limited limited limited yes limited
AFD Lenses (without aperture ring) no no no no no
Exposure metering 1. Centre and bottom-weighted multi-zone metering with 7 Silicon photocells in five groups behind the instant-return mirror yes yes no yes yes
2. Spot metering in centre of focusing screen by special photo diode, 3% of frame area yes yes no yes yes
3. Multi spot metering by metering and averaging up to 5 individual values no yes no yes yes
4. Automatic stray-light compensation during metering and exposure yes yes no yes yes
5. Centre-weighted integral metering with 3 Silicon photocells behind the instant-return mirror no no no no no
Exposure modes 1. Shutter priority AE yes yes no yes yes
2. Aperture priority AE yes yes no yes yes
3. Program AE (sets aperture and speed automatically with fast-speed bias) yes yes no yes yes
4. Manual metering in steps of ⅓ stop. yes yes no yes yes
Metering range In EV at ISO 100/21°, f/2.8 lens 3 to 19
In EV at ISO 100/21°, f/2 lens 0 to 19 0 to 19 -1 to 19 0 to 19
Exposure lock (Memo) Functions with all automatic modes, locks EV, aperture or speed can be changed after locking yes yes no yes yes
Exposure correction 1. Manually in ⅓ stops from -4⅔ to +2 stops. yes yes no yes yes
2. Auto bracketing (S± position) with ±⅔ stop yes yes no yes yes
Automatic flash control with dedicated (Metz) system flash units TTL flash metering off the film plane via additional Silicon photo diode for full flash illumination or fill-in2 flash. Flash-ready and auto-check signals in viewfinder for ISO 25-1600. yes2 yes2 yes2 yes yes
Flash synchronisation from 1/500 or 1/1000 to 30 s with all shutter speeds. yes yes yes yes yes
Hot shoe with contacts for dedicated (Metz) flash units in conjuction with Rollei SCA adaptor. yes yes yes yes yes
Rollei Adaptor type (SCA 356 + SCA 300 A cable) for dedicated (Metz) flash units. SCA 356 SCA 356 SCA 356 SCA 3562 SCA 3562
SCA category of dedicated flash units. SCA 300 SCA 300 SCA 300 SCA 3000 SCA 3000
Studio flash metering From 1/500 sec to 30 sec with all shutter speeds. 6008 prof
From 1/1000 sec to 30 sec with all shutter speeds. 6008 prof SRC1000
6003 SRC 1000
yes yes yes yes
Pre-flash TTL Pre-flash TTL exposure metering with studio flash units, in conjunction with SCA 3562 adaptor. no no no yes yes
Release Solenoid-controlled, on right-hand side of camera front and on shutter speed dial. yes yes yes yes yes
Self-timer, mechanical cable release 6008 prof
6008 prof SRC1000
6008i yes yes yes
Remote control release yes yes yes yes yes
Depth of field preview By pressing the button in all exposure modes. yes yes yes yes yes
Lens mount Rollei bayonet fitting with 10-pin terminal strip to transmit aperture and shutter data. Maintains full exposure control even with bellows, extension tubes and retro adaptor. yes yes yes yes yes
Lenses, interchangeable Manual Focus PQ Zeiss and Schneider lenses and Zeiss EL lenses to use all camera exposure modes with full-aperture readings; optional switching to working-aperture for DOF preview. yes yes fit, no metering yes yes
Manual Focus PQS Zeiss and Schneider lenses to use all camera exposure modes with full-aperture readings; optional switching to working-aperture for DOF preview. yes yes fit, no metering yes yes
Manual Focus lenses without PQ(S) or EL specification to be used in modes 1 (Shutter Priority AE) and 4 (Manual metering with working-aperture9) only. yes yes fit, no metering yes yes
Auto Focus lenses to use all camera exposure modes with full-aperture readings; optional switching to working aperture for DOF preview. no AF no AF no AF yes no AF
AFD auto focus lenses of Hy6. no no no no no
Multiple exposures With film advance disengaged in ME position of camera switch. Screen image permanently visible in the finder. yes yes yes yes yes
Reflex mirror Instant-return mirror with partially transmitting multi-coating and pneumatic mirror brake, pre-releasable by switch or Remote Control. Exposure settings can still be changed after mirror pre-release. yes yes yes yes yes
Finder System Folding finder hood with swing-out magnifier, can be exchanged for 45° prism finder, 90° eye-level finder or rigid hood. Interchangeable focusing screens. yes yes yes yes yes
Bright focusing screen standard standard option option option
High-D extra bright screen option option standard standard standard
LED Finder display Digital LEDs for:
  1. Aperture
  2. Shutter speeds (in ⅓ stop increments).
  3. Exposure compensation with metered manual mode.
  4. Exposure correction
  5. Exposure lock
  6. Spot/multi-spot mode
  7. Flash-ready and auto-check
  8. Battery condition
  9. Exposure displays can be switched off.
  10. Display mirrored when using prism finder.
yes yes Only indicator for battery check & flash. no no
LCD Finder display LCD display with:
  1. Aperture
  2. Aperture Priority
  3. Shutter Speed
  4. Shutter Priority
  5. Exposure Lock
  6. Manual Exposure Compensation
  7. Metering Characteristics
  8. Manual Focus / Indicator
  9. Flash Check and Pre-check
  10. Exposure Correction
  11. Format vertical / horizontal for 4.5×6 back
  12. Frame Counter
  13. Battery Status
no no no yes yes
Film transport Automatic with built-in high performance motor. Single exposures and continuous exposures up to 2.5 fps. 2 6008 i: 2.5
6003 prof: 2
6008 E: 2.5
1.5 2 2
Automatic film advance to frame 1 and film advance to end of film after last exposure. yes yes yes yes yes
Power supply Rechargeable battery. NiCad or NiMH cells.
Camera specific fuse.
Several generations of chargers.
yes yes yes yes yes
Cable to feed Charger N from the car battery. yes yes yes yes yes
Power Interface. Replaces the System battery in the camera and
connects to a number of external power supplies.
Needs 12 - 18 V DC, at least 200 mA.
yes yes yes yes yes
Action grip Clicks in 4 positions for use with all finders. Removable, with removable leather hand strap. 6008: standard
6003: option
6008 i: standard
6003 prof: option
6008 E: option
option standard standard
Interchangeable magazines Magazine 6006: 6×6/120, 6×6/220, 4.5×6/120, 4.5×6/220 with built-in laminar draw slide, frame counter, no film-speed input, default ISO, film type reminder and pre-loadable film insert. ISO 100/21° ISO 100/21°3 ISO 100/21° ISO 100/21° ISO 100/21°
Magazine 6000: 6×6/120, 6×6/220, 4.5×6/120, 4.5×6/220 with built-in laminar draw slide, frame counter, film-speed input, film type reminder and pre-loadable film insert. 6008: standard
6003: option
6008: standard
6003: option3
yes yes yes
Magazine 4560: 4.5×6/120 used with Adaptor frame 4560 (#10776), can be mounted in either ‘landscape’ or ‘portrait’ format,frame counter, film-speed input, film type reminder and pre-loadable dedicated Film Insert 4560. no yes4 yes yes yes
Simple 6×6 / 120 film back with frame counter, film type reminder, filminsert. No dark slide. 6008: no
6003 SRC1000: standard
6008: no
6003 prof: standard
no no no
Polaroid magazine ‘System Rolleiflex 6000’ for 10 exposures on Instant Pack Film5. Order #760 315 (Id #97 979) with slide and film-speed input into cameras with a 6-contacts interface (that is from 6008). Polaroid magazines labeled ‘Rolleiflex SLX’ are not suitable. yes yes yes yes yes
Connections 14-pin universal plug connection. Function may differ. yes yes yes yes yes
Quick release tripod coupling with ¼ and ⅜ in tripod mount. yes yes yes yes yes
Serial interface for digital backs or PC to control camera modes, via camera contacts on the magazine interface. no no no yes yes
Master Control unit6 Opens up a wide variety of additional possibilities for the 6008 integral and E. It can be used to alter certain camera functions, to transfer settings to and store them in the camera. Camera remote control via cable. no yes not needed not needed not needed
Mode Switch7 Mode switch to select camera functions. MasterWare software to alter camera functions (Windows). no no no yes8 yes8
Dimensions With interchangeable magazine, without lens (and action grip):
w143×d124×h139 mm.
yes yes yes yes yes
Weight Without lens in grams (51 - 53 oz) 6008: 1450
6003: 1400
6008: 1450
6003: 1400
1430 1500 1500
With standard lens (72 -75 oz) 6008: 2060
6003: 2010
6008: 2060
6003: 2010
2015 2110 2110

Notes

[1]
In theory "yes". In real life "no". When the camera was new only limited digital options were available; they are outdated by now. Today’s digital backs cannot successfully be fitted. Back
[2]
When using TTL-flash metering Fill-in flash is not as expected. What you want is to use ambient light and to add a small amount of flash; what you get is full auto-flash and you can cut back on ambient light only. That‘s the other way around. For Fill-in flash change from TTL to the Auto exposure function of the flash unit. This was amended with the Integral 2 and the AF. Back
[3]
The Rolleiflex 6003 professional with additional Film Stage 6003. Back
[4]
Hardware fully fit to use the Magazine 4560, but the 6003 professional needs Index 2 firmware and the 6008i needs Index 3 firmware. Please see above. Back
[5]
Polaroid Pack Films Guide. The Polaroid Pack Films Guide from the former Polaroid web-site. For users of the Polaroid pack film backs. Polaroid Pack Film is not availabe anymore and is not coming back through The Impossible Project. The machines were scrapped. Fujifilm also stopped producing Pack Film FP-100C. You will need the 2¼×3¼ in size. Back
[6]
User’s Manual Master Control unit. Back
[7]
The Mode Switch makes the Master Control unit superfluous. Back
[8]
This software is difficult to obtain. Back
[9]
Use the meter key or the aperture stop-down key to display a working aperture exposure reading. Pressing the meter key also stores the reading. Repeat pressing the meter key after any adjustment of aperture or shutter speed!
In manual or aperture priority mode the reading on pressing the stop-down key allows for exposure corrections set.
On releasing, the camera exposes at the aperture/speed combination measured, even when you used the stop-down key. Compared with PQ lenses, the working aperture metering of older Non-PQ lenses reduces the metering range (EV 5-19 instead of EV 3-19). Back

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