I also have a second hand 6008 pro since 1996. Great machine !
It just took me 5 years to find and afford a second hand f/4 120 macro and 5 years more to find and afford a second hand PQS f/2.8 50mm !
The plus :
- great versatile system ;
- top of the art Zeiss lenses, mostly the same as the Hasselblad's ;
- top of the art Schneider lenses, especially with wider apertures ;
- PQS lenses up to 1/1000s (so flash sync at 1/1000s !);
- great ergonomy, very easy to handle ;
- very good built-in TTL light meter with global, spot and multispot measure ;
- interchangeable film backs with built-in dark slide, considered to be one of the best film planning system ;
- motorised film advance up to 2.5 i/s ;
- auto bracketing ;
- lenses have only electric contacts, no mechanical coupling, so if you do macro with extanding tubes or bellow, the electric shutter and the meter are still working perfectly.
The less :
- pretty heavy ;
- very noisy ;
- strong mirror movement vibrations ;
- needs electricity ;
- small second hand market ;
- expensive ;
The 6003 is the same without the multi-spot meter and the HD-screen ; the 6001 is the same without built-in light meter, but with a nice auto bracketing system.
I'll tell you my sad story... if you promise not to laugh.
When I went to college I had a Mamiya 645. I used it for a while shooting weddings when I graduated. Didn't find the lenses sharp enough.
Then I got hired at a studio that used RX67... not for me.
Then a studio that had a Pentax 67... to large
Then I bought a new Pentax 645.... great lenses, lightweight, fun
Then I switched to a Rollei 6003 with 3 lenses... nightmare, nicest designed camera but couldn't count on it... the mirrow broke off once while the bride was walking down the aisle. Not alot of used choices.
Got rid of it and went without a 120 for a while.
Then bought a very old Rollei T model I think.... used it a lot and loved it...
Then started to shoot the NBA and we had to shoot on "Hassel" blad. Ended up owning 3 bodies and 6 lenses, then basketball switched to digi so I sold all the lenses and kept one body ... not sure why. I think because they're not worth much on the used market anymore, even with motors.
So I've used most of them. What would I buy. Either a new AF Pentax 645 if the AF is fast enough.... or to really make my life simple a new Rollei TL with the 135mm lens. Although the tele camera doesn't seem to be listed on the Rollei page any longer just the 50mm and 80mm. It would be good to know how close the newer 135 would focus. I think my second choice would be the 80mm Rollei.
Did I answer your question .... no because there's no right answer. But if your looking for simple then the Twin Lens is the way to go. Just make it work for you.
As others have said the 80mm lens is the standard field of view lens for medium format, and gives you about the same angle of view as a 50mm or so on a 35mm. I have owned both a Rollei 6006 (precursor of the 6008) and a number of TLR's. For my part, I like simplicity and reliability. For this the TLR is best because it has entirely mechanical operation. It also has a design proven and refined over decades. Really, the only drawback to a TLR is the lack of interchangable lenses, but I really don't find that too serious. I personally would even want an auto focus, but that is a function of what you are shooting. The match needle exposure is fine for me - in fact the most recent TLR I currently own is a 2.8E (1956-59). The old selenium meter gives very reliable exposure readings, although a hand held meter is good for some circumstances (like high contrasts, etc.). The 2.8E has a more cumbersome exposure system than the new FX series. I have in fact considered buying a new model but haven't turned loose of the cash so far! As others have said to get the same field of view as an 85mm on 35mm, you would want the tele model with the 135mm lens. The present website of Rollei is Franke and Heidecke, but last I checked it is only in German. I believe that the 135mm has in fact been reintroduced but I could be wrong on that. For what I take (mostly scenery, landscapes as well as studio shots of items I sell) the 80mm seems best.
you may have a look at the datasheet
It is in german, but reading the technical stuff should be pretty straight forward.
What seems to be the significant difference to its predecessor is the nearest focus of now 5ft vs. 8ft on the old one and of cause the exposure meter.
I love my Tele Rolleiflex. Any Rolleiflex is a wonderful camera. The old Tele Rolleiflex is a perfect portrait machine (you do need Rolleinars for close-up work) but they are rare.
Finding one in good condition from a reliable dealer is especially hard. I bought mine from Ken Hansen in New York City. Ken is a legendary dealer of Rolleiflexes and Leicas who closed his shop several years ago, but he still trades out of his apartment. Ken had another Tele Rolleiflex when I bought mine from him. If was freshly serviced, and it had a Maxwell screen installed, and Ken warrants his cameras. I don't know if Ken still has it, but it's worth contacting him if you're interested in one. You can reach Ken at KHPNY19@aol.com.
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That Rolleiflex FT looks pretty exciting..!! I've bought a 4x5 Tachihara which I'll mask off as 4x5... however, maybe I'll just have to start saving my pennies!
Any sample shots taken with a FT?