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Rolleiflex 6006, 6001, 6003 and 6008 cameras
Item Description 6006
6006 model 2
6001 prof 6003 SRC 1000
6003 prof
6008 prof
6008 prof SRC1000
6008 i
6008 E
6008 AF
6008 i2
Camera type Single Lens Reflex system camera. Electronic micro-processor control, multi-mode exposure control (not 6006, 6001), multi-function metering (not 6006, 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 1 3 6003 SRC1000: 2
6003 prof: 3
6008 prof: 2
6008 prof SRC1000: 2
6008 i: 3
E: 3
unknown
Production began in 01/1984
04/1989
04/1998 04/1994
09/1996
09/1988
01/1993
04/1995
06/1997
09/2002
Frame size 6×6 cm, 4.5×6 cm, 6×4.5 cm. yes yes yes yes yes
Film types 120 and 220 roll film for 12/24 exposures of 6x6 or 6x4.5 cm or 16/32 exposures of 4.5x6 cm; Polaroid film packs for 10 exposures. yes yes yes yes yes
Film speed Can be set on Magazine 6000 or film back in 1/3 step increments from ISO 25 to 6400 no yes yes yes yes
Can be set on camera body in 1/3 step increments from ISO 25 to 6400 yes no no no no
Digital Can be used with various digital backs no yes/no1 yes/no1 yes/no1 yes
Focussing 3 Zones Auto Focus-H sensor no no no no 6008 AF
Auto Focus with dedicated AF-lenses no no no no 6008 AF
Manual, Focus Confirmation with non-AF lenses no no no no 6008 AF
Manual, no Focus Confirmation yes yes yes yes 6008 i2
Supported lenstypes Original Non-PQ lenses (“HFT”) limited limited limited limited limited
PQ lenses yes yes yes yes 6008 AF: limited
6008 i2: yes
PQS lenses no yes yes yes 6008 AF: limited
6008 i2: yes
AF llenses no no no no 6008 AF: yes
6008 i2: no
Exposure metering 1. Centre and bottom-weighted multi-zone metering with 7 Silicon photocells in five groups behind the instant-return mirror no no yes yes yes
2. Spot metering in centre of focusing screen by special photo diode, 3% of frame area no no yes yes yes
3. Multi spot metering by metering and averaging up to 5 individual values no no no yes yes
4. Automatic stray-light compensation during metering and exposure no no yes yes yes
5. Centre-weighted integral metering with 3 Silicon photocells behind the instant-return mirror yes no no no no
Exposure modes 1. Shutter priority AE yes no yes yes yes
2. Aperture priority AE no no yes yes yes
3. Program AE (sets aperture and speed automatically with fast-speed bias) no no yes yes yes
4. Manual metering in 1/3 steps yes no yes yes yes
Metering range In EV at ISO 100/21, f/2.8 lens 3 to 18 6003 SRC 1000:
3 to 19
In EV at ISO 100/21, f/2 lens 0 to 19 6003 prof:
0 to 19
0 - 19 AF:
-1 to 19
i2:
0 to 19
Exposure lock (Memo) Functions with all automatic modes, locks EV, aperture or speed can be changed after locking no no yes yes yes
Exposure correction 1. Manually in 1/3 stops from -4 2/3 to +2 stops no no yes yes yes
2. Auto bracketing (S+- position) with +-2/3 stop no no yes 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 yes2 yes
Flash synchronisation from 1/500 or 1/1000 to 30 sec 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 (+ additional part) for dedicated (Metz) flash units. SCA 356
(+ SCA 300 A cable)
SCA 356
(+ SCA 300 A cable)
SCA 356
(+ SCA 300 A cable)
SCA 356
(+ SCA 300 A cable)
SCA 3562
SCA category of dedicated flash units. SCA 300 SCA 300 SCA 300 SCA 300 SCA 3000
Studio flash metering From 1/1000 sec to 30 sec with all shutter speeds with Master Control. no no no yes yes
Pre-flash TTL Pre-flash TTL exposure metering with studio flash units, in conjunction with SCA 3562 adaptor. no no no no yes
Release Solenoid-controlled, on right-hand side of camera front and on shutter speed dial. yes yes yes yes yes
Self-timer, cable release no no no 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 and PQS 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. PQ and EL lenses only
PQS lenses not to be mounted
fit, no metering yes 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-aperture) only. yes fit, no metering yes yes yes
Auto Focus lenses to use all camera exposure modes with full-aperture readings; optional switching to working aperture for DOF preview. no no no no 6008 AF: yes
6008 i2: no
Multiple exposures With film advance disengaged in ME position of camera switch. Screen image permanently visible in the finder. 6006:no
6006 model 2: 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 hood with swing-out magnifier, can be exchanged for 45 degree prism finder, 90 degree eye-level finder or rigid hood. Interchangeable focusing screens. yes yes yes yes yes
Standard bright focusing screen yes option yes option option
High-D extra bright screen option yes option yes yes
LED Finder display Digital LEDs for:
  1. Aperture
  2. Shutter speeds (in 1/3 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.
? Only indicator for battery check & flash. yes yes 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 no yes
Film transport Automatic with built-in high performance motor. Single exposures and continuous exposures up to 2.5 fps. 0.7 1.5 2 2.5 2
Automatic film advance to frame 1 and film advance to end of film after last exposure. yes yes yes yes yes
Power supply Originally rechargeable NiCad sinter battery for approx. 500 exp. at room temperature. Now replaced by modern high capacity NiMH battery. Originally Charger G. Later replaced by Quick charge unit Rapid Charger N (110-240 V, 50-60 Hz) with automatic switch-over to trickle charge (NiCads only3) and 12 V socket for car battery. Since November 2005 Charger C with additional discharge option (for NiCads only3). Charge condition display in camera view finder. yes yes yes yes yes
Fuse type (Fuse mounted in battery) 6006: 0.8 A medium
6006 model 2: 1 A
1.25 A slow 6003 SRC 1000: 1 A
6003 prof: 1.25 A slow
6008 prof: 1 A
6008 prof SRC1000: 1 A
6008 i: 1.25 A slow
6008 E: 1.25 A slow
1.25 A slow
Lead to feed charger from car battery. yes yes yes yes yes
Power Interface3 (#30 017). Powered by: 12V Power Supply Unit (#30 019), Rapid Charger, Battery Box (#30 036) for 5 (type DL 123A) Li 3V batteries, Car battery with connecting cable (#91 187), "Einhell" mobile power station (#12 720) with connecting cable (#91 187). yes yes yes yes yes
Action grip Clicks in 4 positions for use with all finders. Removable, with removable leather hand strap. no yes yes yes yes
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, film type reminder and pre-loadable film insert. yes default ISO 100 only default ISO 100 only,
6003 prof: needs Film Stage 6003 (#13493)
default ISO 100 only default ISO 100 only
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. yes, film-speed to be set on the camera yes 6003 SRC1000: yes
6003 prof: needs Film Stage 6003 (#13493)
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 yes 6003 SRC 1000: no
6003 Prof: yes4
6008 prof, 6008 prof SRC1000: no
6008 i, 6008 E: yes4
yes
Simple 6×6 / 120 film back with frame counter, film type reminder, film insert. No dark slide. no no yes no no
Polaroid magazine ‘System Rolleiflex 6000’ for 10 exposures on Instant Pack Film5.
Order Nr 760315 (97979) 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 for optional Master Control unit or cable release. yes no no yes yes
Quick release tripod coupling with 1/4 and 3/8" 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 no yes
Master Control unit6 Opens up a wide variety of additional possibilities for the 6008 integral. 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 no no yes ‘Mode’7 switch to alter camera functions.
MasterWare Software to alter camera functions (Windows). no no no no 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) 1450 1430 1400 1450 1500
With standard lens (72 -75 oz) 2060 2015 2010 2060 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]
Altough both the Chargers N and C can be used to charge the present NiMH batteries they were not designed to do so. The Charger N may not revert to trickle-charge. The discharge function of the Charger C should not be used. The Charger G is not suitable for charging NIMH batteries.
Press release Charger C.
Product sheet Power Interface. 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 2 1/4 x 3 1/4 inch 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