Rollei 6008 vs Rolleiflex TLR
Quick question. Is there any reason a Rollei 6008 with mirror lockup wouldn't be as good as a TLR for taking photos handheld in low light?
Yes, Vibration from the mirror slap.
Originally Posted by snaggs
Having the mirror locked up may prevent vibration but it won't help your composition much when using the camera handheld.
I have a Leica M6 for candit street photography, Im interested in Rollei for its square format and landscapes (with occasional use for street). With the 6008 I at least have the option of a d*****l back should I fall in love with the lenses. I currently have a D70 for my digital, but my Leica M6 has obsoleted it forever for general purpose, and it isn't really good enough for serious landscapes. I was going to get a D2X or 1dsMk2, but I figured getting the 6008 would be a good compliment to my Leica, and it could shoot film too & sate my need for a square format TLR.
Hello. I'm a satisfied 6008 owner.
You can pre release the mirror before shooting to prevent vibrations, but of course you don't see what you shoot. It's weight requires from you a good physical condition to carry it hours, and it's noise is as loud as your Leica is quiet... But it's the most ergonomic and easy 6x6 you'll find. For landscapes and other subjects that takes time, it's a great camera, for more reactive subjects, it's usable, but not as easy as a small camera with AF. The 6008AF will probably do the things easier. The max apertures you'll find in the 6000 system are the standard f/2-80mm, the f/2-110mm, the f/2.8-50mm, the f/2.8-180mm and the f/3.5-40mm which are not comparable with what we use to have in 35mm cameras, and are very expensives.
The Rolleiflex TLR is pretty quiet and has low vibrations thanks to it's central shutter and fixed mirror. For landscape, you should look at the Rollei Wide and it's 50 mm.
My advice finally is that you should try and manipulate those cameras to make your own opinion.
I may be wrong, but I believe that on S.L.R.s by the time the mirror has reached the end of its travel the exposure has been made, I would imagine that providing you give the camera a few seconds to stop vibrating after the mirror shock, before your next shot is about all you can do, and in low lighting you would be more danger of camera shake by hand holding.
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My Rollei 6003 with Xenotar 80/2.8 delivers wonderfully sharp images handheld in low light with mirror lockup. Overall i would say that the 6000 series outperforms the old TLRs in pretty much every way. I have owned both, and whilst the TLRs are certainly in the game still, there is definately an edge tot he modern equipment that puts it ahead. Low light, high light any light at all, the 6000 series is a much more flexible and precise instrument for taking photos, just make sure you get the smaller not cartridge type back for handheld and you will be blown away by the results. I know I have been.
[QUOTE=Bentley Boyd]I may be wrong, but I believe that on S.L.R.s by the time the mirror has reached the end of its travelQUOTE]
I'm afraid you are! With an SLR, the mirror has to black out the viewfinder by pressing firmly against the light seals on the underside of the screen, so it has to finish its stroke before the exposure is made. It may well be that subjectively most of the noise and vibration made by the mirror occurs as it comes down again (assuming it's instant-return type) but there's plenty of potential for vibration on the up-stroke too. Not only this, but a focal-plane shutter is inherently more prone to vibration than a leaf shutter, which is symmetrical and therefore (theoretically at least) self-cancelling in terms of vibration.
I think there are at least 12 reasons the 6008 is superior to a TLR for low light, handheld shooting, beginning with viewing and metering, and ending with exposure accuracy and reliability.
The mirror issue, in my experience, is a theoretical, intellectual possibility
that I was simply unaware of before the internet. Before that, I just shot my 5x7 Home Portrait graflex and got great results. And, brothers and sisters, if that camera ain't the Prince of Mirror Slap, I'm Elvis.
Mama she done told me,
Papa done told me too
'Son, that gal your foolin' with,
She ain't no good for you'
But, that's all right, that's all right.
That's all right now mama, anyway you do
"One of the painful things about our time is that those who feel certainty are stupid,
and those with any imagination and understanding are filled with doubt and indecision"
For handheld, low light useage the Rollei TLR has a couple advantages. You can push back the center of the WLF and you get a resonably accurate frame finder while retaining the ability to focus on the central part of the ground glass. You have a camera that will be extremely quiet...I doubt that a Leica is any quieter. If you wished more accurate framing you could buy a prism finder. The Rollei TLR is also a very light camera.
Unless one was using a recent vintage o a Rollei TLR you would only have a single layer lens coating instead of HFT coating and photographing in lowlight can present challenges as far as flare is concerned.
The Rollei SLR should have a better quality optic.
Used without a very sturdy tripod It will be difficult to use this additional optical quality...flare excepted.
Claire (Ms Anne Thrope is in the darkroom)
Never used a 5x7 Graflex, have used Ensign 1/4-plate reflex, imagine the design is similar in that the mirror is raised by thumb power. If so, it is relatively easy to raise the mirror fairly quickly but gently and minimise mirror slap. Maybe it's just me, but I have found mirror slap has ruined pictures with every second-hand 35 mm SLR I ever owned (including Nikon F3, FM, FE). As a result, I vowed never to buy a second-hand SLR again, only new ones which I get rid of after 10 years.
Originally Posted by df cardwell