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Planar 80 1343, Photo F.W. Stutterheim
Zeiss Planar 1:2.8 f=80mm ‘Made in Germany by Rollei’ under licence.
Photo © 2020 F.W. Stutterheim.

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Introduction

Lenses

The Rollei factory introduced the SLX in 1976. The first camera in the System 6000 was the Rolleiflex 6006 of 1984. The SLX and System 6000 cameras use lenses by Carl Zeiss Oberkochen or Joseph Schneider of Bad Kreuznach. The Rollei factory has the capability of building top quality lenses since 1971. In that year they took over the famous Voigtländer Optical Works from Zeiss-Ikon Voigtländer. Part of the deal was a license to build some of the Carl Zeiss lenses. Zeiss designed lenses made by Rollei bare the lens name (Planar, for instance) but not the Carl Zeiss name. The present Rollei factory, DW Photo and its predecessor DHW, made lenses under their own Apogon brandname. The lenses resemble the Zeiss lenses.

Several types of lenses were offered with different specifications. The original lenses - with nu further indication - were meant for the SLX. PQ, Rolleigon, EL and PQS lenses were intended for the System 6000. Nearly all have HFT multi-coating.

HFT Lens coating

Lenses for the SLX and System 6000 are multi-coated and labeled HFT. HFT stands for High Fidelity Transfer, Rollei’s multi-coating ‘developed with Carl Zeiss’. Obviously the Zeiss license did not include the use of the Zeiss T* trade mark for multi-coating. Not only Rollei made lenses are labeled HFT, also Zeiss made lenses for Rollei are labeled HFT for reasons of uniformity. They are actually T* coated (Source: Carl Zeiss, Camera Lens News No. 13, Spring 2001).

Lenses for the SLX

The original lenses for the SLX have no further indication on the lens barrel. They support only manual exposure and shutter priority automatic exposure. Although marketed at the time of the 6006 the economy line Rolleigon lenses have the same technical specifications as the original lenses. They are best used with an SLX. Both types do fit later cameras but the lenses are a limiting factor for using some of the cameras functions.

Lenses for the System 6000

PQ lenses are meant to be used with System 6000 cameras. They do fit the SLX but obviously that camera limits some PQ lens functions. The top shutter speed of PQ lenses is 1/500 s. PQ lens is engraved or printed on the lens barrel just right of the aperture numbers. The economy line EL lenses are like PQ from a technical point of view. They lack only some refinements like the aperture indicator and bayonet mount for filters. ‘EL lens’ is printed on the lens barrel in white just right of the aperture numbers.

Makro-Planar 120 1342, Photo F.W. Stutterheim
Carl Zeiss Makro-Planar 4/120.
Photo © 2020 F.W. Stutterheim.

Lenses for later System 6000 cameras

PQS lenses have a top shutter speed of 1/1000 sec due to lighter shutter blades. PQS lens is engraved or printed on the lens barrel just right of the aperture numbers.

When the 6008 Professional was introduced in 1988, development of the new PQS shutter was well on its way but the PQS lenses were not introduced until 1990. The 6008 Professional was built for timing shutter speeds up to 1/1000 sec right from the start but this was not formally announced. ‘1000’ is not engraved on the shutter speed knob. Past ‘500’ there are just three unnamed marks. This is confusing because the name of the later 6008 Professional SRC 1000 suggests that the faster top speed first came with that model. Not so.

PQS lenses cannot be used on cameras introduced before 1988. The second generation linear motors of the PQS lenses draw a higher current and cameras like SLX, 6006 cannot handle this.

Rolleiflex SLX, System 6000 and Hy6 lenses

Type Name Supported
Exposure Modes
Shutter
Speeds
30 s ‑ 1/... s
Aperture
Indicator
Filter Mount Lens hood
Mount
Compatible
Cameras
O1 Original Non-PQ lens 1. Shutter priority AE
2. Manual
500 yes Bayonet Bayonet SLX
System 6000 with limitations.
O Rolleigon 1. Shutter priority AE
2. Manual
500 Yes Metric thread SLX
System 6000 with limitations.
PQ Lens Professional Quality 1. Shutter priority AE
2. Aperture priority AE
3. Program AE with fast speed preference
4. Manual
500 yes Bayonet Bayonet All System 6000, early ones
with limitations.
Hy6 with limitations.
EL Lens Economy Line 1. Shutter priority AE
2. Aperture priority AE
3. Program AE with fast speed preference
4. Manual
500 No M 67 × 0.75 Bayonet VI All System 6000, early ones
with limitations.
Hy6 with limitations.
PQS Lens Professional Quality
Super Fast
1. Shutter priority AE
2. Aperture priority AE
3. Program AE with fast speed preference
4. Manual
1000 yes Bayonet Bayonet Only 6008, 6003, 6001!
Hy6 with limitations.
AF PQ Lens
AF PQS Lens
Auto Focus 1. Shutter priority AE
2. Aperture priority AE
3. Program AE with fast speed preference
4. Manual
500 yes Bayonet Bayonet Rolleiflex Hy6
System 6000 with limitations.
AF PQS: Only 6008, 6003, 6001!
AFD PQ Lens
AFD PQS Lens
Auto Focus 1. Shutter priority AE
2. Aperture priority AE
3. Program AE with fast speed preference
4. Manual
1000 yes Bayonet Bayonet Rolleiflex Hy6

Original Non-PQ lenses are often sold as HFT by the trade. This is confusing because all lenses except one are labeled HFT.
The faster PQS lenses draw a higher electrisc current than PQ lenses. Cameras made earlier than the 6008 (1988) cannot handle this higher current.
AFD lenses have no aperture ring. System 6000 cameras need the aperture to be set on the lens.

Distagon 50 1331, Photo F.W. Stutterheim
Carl Zeiss Distagon 4/50 FLE with Floating Elements. The lens has 3 rings. Next to aperture and focusing the lens has a third ring to set the floating elements. The Schneider 40 mm and 50 mm lenses are more sophisticated. The floating elements are moved by the focusing ring.
The aperture ring is set at ‘A’ for shutter priority AE or program AE depending on the setting of the shutter speeds knob (any speed or ‘A’). Note the beautiful chrome Rollei-R1.5 sky-light filter in Bay VI.
Photo © 2020 F.W. Stutterheim.

Lenses

The list of lenses is huge for several reasons. First there are two lines of top quality lenses with refined handling specifications, Zeiss and Schneider. Next to these was a line of very good or top quality lens with slightly lower handling specifications, the Rolleigons first en later the EL Economy Line.

There is the time factor too. Not all lenses on the list were produced at the same time. I have listed all I could find. The PQ lenses for System 6000 gradually replaced the N lenses of the SLX. The PQS lenses were a later addition for the 6008 and later cameras. The lens offer was rationalised to a certain extend. Of the lenses that were offered in both PQ and PQS, the PQ version was sometimes ‘down graded’ to EL to increase the difference in price. We find them in both the PQ and EL lists. Examples are the standard Planar 2.8/80 mm and Sonnar 4/150 mm. I have listed all these variations.

The Rolleiflex 6008 AF needed auto-focus lenses. That brought us the AF PQ and AF PQS lenses. Mainly Schneider lenses were upgraded to AF. The Schneider lenses are more recent designs in comparison with the (much) older Zeiss lenses. Another line of lenses - AFD - is meant for the Rolleiflex Hy6.

In recent years the Zeiss lenses were gradually replaced by Apogons. An example is the Makro-Planar 4/120 mm PQS that is replaced by the Makro-Apogon 4/120 mm PQS. The 2.8/80 mm Planar was replaced by the AF Apogon 2.8/ 80 mm PQS.

Zeiss Lenses for the Rolleiflex SLX and System 6000

Lens name Type(s)
made
Particulars Lens Angular Field Mount
ELem. Grps Diag. (°) Hor. (°) Filter Lens Hood
F-Distagon 3.5/30 mm HFT PQ Super Wide Angle, Fish eye 8 7 180 112 Built-in
M 24 × 0.52
Built-in
Distagon 4/40 mm HFT O Super Wide Angle of the 1st generation 10 88 Bayonet VIII Bayonet VIII
Distagon 4/40 mm HFT O, PQ Super Wide Angle with manually set3 Floating Elements,
outstanding correction.
11 88 Adaptor M 95 Built-in
Distagon 4/40 mm HFT FLE PQ Super Wide Angle with manually set Floating Elements,
outstanding correction.
Change of name only. FLE was added.
11 88 Adaptor ring
for 93 mm
‘push-in’ filters.
Built-in
Distagon 4/50 mm HFT O, PQ Compact Wide Angle, remarkably good correction. 7 7 75 57 Bayonet VI Bayonet VI
Distagon 4/50 mm HFT FLE PQ Compact Wide Angle with manually set Floating Elements,
outstanding correction
9 8 75 57 Bayonet VI Bayonet VI
Distagon 3.5/60 mm HFT O, PQ Compact Moderate Wide Angle, alternative standard lens. 7 7 67 49 Bayonet VI Bayonet VI
Planar 2.8/80 mm HFT O, PQ, PQS Normal focal distance, universal use,
outstandingly corrected, extreme sharpness, good image flatness.
7 5 52 38 Bayonet VI Bayonet VI
Planar 2/110 mm HFT PQ Large aperture portrait and event photography lens,
high image quality at open aperture.
7 6 39 28 M 95 × 1 Bayonet 104
S-Planar 5.6/120 mm HFT O 1st Generation Macro lens, optimal correction at 1:8 6 4 36 26 Bayonet VI Bayonet VI
Makro‑Planar 4/120 mm HFT PQ, PQS Macro lens, opened up to f/4, same size,
same optical quality as S-Planar.
6 4 36 26 Bayonet VI Bayonet VI
Sonnar 4/150 mm HFT O, PQ, PQS Short telephoto lens for portraits etc. 5 3 29 21 Bayonet VI Bayonet VI
Sonnar 5.6/250 mm HFT O, PQ, PQS Classic telephoto lens, long distance images 4 3 18 13 Bayonet VI Bayonet VI
Tele-Tessar 5.6/350 mm HFT O, PQ, PQS Compact telephoto lens, long distance images 4 4 13 9 M 86 × 1
Tele-Tessar 8/500 mm HFT O, PQ, PQS Telephoto lens, top class 5 3 9 6 M 86 × 1
Tele-Apotessar 8/500 mm HFT PQS Apochromatic telephoto lens with high image quality 5 3 9 6 M 86 × 1
Tele-Tessar 8/1000 mm HFT PQ Telephoto lens, long distance images,
with built-in lens hood.
4 4 4.5 3 Built-in

Rolleigon Economy Line Lenses for the Rolleiflex System 6000
(Made by Tokina)

Lens name Type(s)
made
Particulars Lens
Elements
Angular Field Filter Mount
Diag. (°) Hor. (°)
Rolleigon 4/50 mm HFT O Compact Wide Angle for landscapes and interiors. 8 75 57 E774
Rolleigon 2.8/80 mm HFT O Normal focal length, general use, good contrast,
excellent sharpness, good image flatness.
With mount adaptor Bay VI to E67.
6 52 38 E67
Rolleigon 4/150 mm HFT O Standard telephoto lens for portraits, etc.
With mount adaptor Bay VI to E67.
5 29 21 E67
Planar 80 1343, Photo F.W. Stutterheim
Rollei lens hood for the Tele-Xenar 1:2.8 f=180mm in Bay ∅104.
Photo © 2020 F.W. Stutterheim.

Rollei Economy Line Lenses for the Rolleiflex System 6000

Lens name Type(s)
made
Particulars Lens Angular Field Mount
ELem. Grps Diag. (°) Hor. (°) Filter Lens Hood
Distagon 4/50 mm HFT EL Compact Wide Angle 7 7 75 57 M 67 × 0.75 Bayonet VI
Planar 2.8/80 mm HFT EL Normal focal length, general use,
exceptional correction, good image flatness.
7 5 52 38 M 67 × 0.75 Bayonet VI
Sonnar 4/150 mm HFT EL Short telephoto lens, portraits, etc. 5 3 29 21 M 67 × 0.75 Bayonet VI
Sonnar 5.6/250 mm HFT EL Classic telephoto lens, long distance images 4 3 18 13 M 67 × 0.75 Bayonet VI
Tele-Tessar 8/500 mm HFT EL Telephoto lens, top class 5 3 9 6 M 86 × 1
2007Tele-Xenar 180 1334, Photo F.W. Stutterheim
Schneider-Kreuznach Tele-Xenar 1:2.8 f=180mm ‘Lens made in Germany’. The substantial lens has the huge Bay ∅104 mount for filters and a strong metal lens hood. The large 2.8 aperture was aimed at fashion photography rather than landscapes.
Photo © 2020 F.W. Stutterheim.

Schneider Lenses for the Rolleiflex System 6000

Lens name Type(s)
made
Particulars Lens Angular Field Mount
ELem. Grps Diag. (°) Hor. (°) Filter Lens Hood
Super-Angulon 3.5/40 mm HFT PQ Compact Super Wide Angle lens with automatic
floating elements. Outstanding image quality down to 0.4 m.
8 8 88 68 M 77 × 0.75
Super-Angulon 2.8/50 mm HFT PQS Large aperture Wide Angle lens with automatic
floating elements. High image quality.
9 8 74 56 M 95 × 1
AF Super‑Angulon 2.8/50 mm HFT PQS Large aperture Wide Angle Auto-Focus lens with self floating elements. High image quality. 10 74 56 M 95 × 1 Bayonet 104
AFD Super-Angulon 2.8/50 mm HFT PQS Large aperture Wide Angle Auto-Focus lens with self floating elements. High image quality. 10 74 56 M 95 × 1 Bayonet 104
PCS Super-Angulon 4.5/55 mm MC O, PQ Wide Angle Shift lens with floating elements.
Constant image quality down to 0.5 m.
Image circle 104 mm.
10 85xx Bayonet 104 Bayonet 104
Curtagon 3.5/60 mm HFT PQ Compact moderate Wide Angle lens.
Alternative standard lens.
7 67 49 Bayonet VI Bayonet VI
Xenotar 2/80 mm HFT PQ Exceptional large aperture and image quality for shutter speed of 1/500 s. 7 5 52 38 Bayonet VI Bayonet VI
Xenotar 2.8/80 mm HFT PQ Normal focal length for general use.
Classic lens construction.
Excellent sharpness, good image flatness.
7 6 52 38 Bayonet VI Bayonet VI
AF Xenotar 2.8/80 mm HFT PQ Normal focal length for general use.
Excellent sharpness, good image flatness.
7 6 52 38 Bayonet VI Bayonet VI
AFD Xenotar 2.8/80 mm HFT PQ Normal focal length for general use.
Excellent sharpness, good image flatness.
7 6 52 38 Bayonet VI Bayonet VI
AF Angulon 2.8/80 mm HFT PQS Normal focal length for general use. 52 38 Bayonet VI Bayonet VI
AFD Angulon 2.8/80 mm HFT PQS Normal focal length for general use. 52 38 Bayonet VI Bayonet VI
Apo-Symmar Makro 4/90 mm HFT PQS Special lens with apochromatic correction.
Close focusing up to half object size.
Floating elements for good image quality
over full focusing range.
Image size 1:1 with extension tubes keeping
the same image quality.
6 4 47 34 M 95 × 1 Bayonet 104
Apo-Symmar Makro 4.6/150 mm HFT PQ Macro lens with apochromatic correction.
Needs extension of 67 mm for focusing.
Use bellows or Vario-Extension tube.
Nearly completely free of distortion.
6 4 29 21 Bayonet VI Bayonet VI
Tele-Xenar 4/150 mm HFT PQ Short Tele-photo lens for general use.
Both studio and outdoor exposures.
Extraordinary correction with floating elements.
Very desirable 150 mm lens. Low number.
5 3 29 21 Bayonet VI Bayonet VI
AF Tele-Xenar 4/150 mm HFT PQS Short Tele-photo lens for general use.
Both studio and outdoor exposures.
5 5 29 21 Bayonet VI Bayonet VI
AFD Tele-Xenar 4/150 mm HFT PQS Short Tele-photo lens for general use.
Both studio and outdoor exposures.
5 5 29 21 Bayonet VI Bayonet VI
Tele-Xenar 2.8/180 mm HFT PQ Top quality Tele-photo lens with extremely large
aperture and extremely high image quality.
6 6 26 18 M 95 × 1 Bayonet 104
AF Tele-Xenar 2.8/180 mm HFT PQ Top quality Tele-photo lens with extremely large
aperture and extremely high image quality.
7 7 26 18 M 95 × 1 Bayonet 104
AFD Tele-Xenar 2.8/180 mm HFT PQS Top quality Tele-photo lens with extremely large
aperture and extremely high image quality.
7 7 26 18 M 95 × 1 Bayonet 104
Apo-Tele-Xenar 4/300 mm HFT PQ Extra-ordinary large aperture and apochromatic correction. With tele-converter Longar 1.4 even 5.6/420 mm. 6 6 15 11 M 95 × 1
Variogon 4.5/75-150 mm HFT O, PQ Zoom lens with extra-ordinary image quality.
macro setting 1.8 - 0.25 m.
15 55-29 M 95 × 1
AF Variogon 4.6/60-140 mm HFT PQS Zoom Auto-Focus lens. 13 13 67-32 50-23 M 122 × 1
AFD Variogon 4.6/60-140 mm HFT PQS Zoom Auto-Focus lens. 13 13 67-32 50-23 M 122 × 1
Variogon 5.6/140-280 mm HFT O, PQ Zoom lens with extra-ordinary image quality.
macro 2.5 - 0.75 m.
17 14 32-16 23-11 M 95 × 1
93 mm drop-in filter

Rollei Apogon Lenses for the Rolleiflex System 6000

Lens name Type(s)
made
Particulars Lens Angular Field Mount
ELem. Grps Diag. (°) Hor. (°) Filter Lens Hood
Apogon 2.8/80 mm HFT PQS Standard lens, Planar type. 7 5 52 38 Bayonet VI Bayonet VI
AF Apogon 2.8/80 mm HFT PQS Normal Angle Auto-Focus lens, Planar type. 7 5 52 38 Bayonet VI Bayonet VI
Makro-Apogon 4/120 mm HFT PQS Macro lens, Makro-Planar type. 6 4 36 26 Bayonet VI Bayonet VI
AF Tele-Apogon 4/150 mm HFT PQS Short telephoto Auto-Focus lens for portraits etc. 5 3 29 21 Bayonet VI Bayonet VI
AFD Tele‑Apogon 4/150 mm HFT PQS Short telephoto Auto-Focus lens for portraits etc. 5 3 29 21 Bayonet VI Bayonet VI
2007 Longar 1.4 1339, Photo F.W. Stutterheim
Schneider-Kreuznach Longar 1.4× telecoverter.
Photo © 2020 F.W. Stutterheim.

Additional Optical Accessories for the Rolleiflex System 6000

Accessory Type(s)
made
Particulars Lens
Elements
Mount
Rollei Shutter Adaptor M39/40 Adaptor for lenses without shutter.
Shutter speeds 30 s - 1/500 s.
Focusing ring with 11 mm extension.
Adaptor ring for M40 with 9 mm extension.
Intended for M-Componon 5/50 mm and 4/28 mm, Luminars and Photars.
Bayonet VI
Schneider Longar 1.4× HFT High quality Teleconverter, 1.4× extension of focal length.
Loss of 1 stop at apertures.
Calculated for Xenotar 2/80 mm, Tele-Xenar 2.8/180 mm
and Apo-Tele-Xenar 4/300 mm.
Cannot be used with Planar 2.8/80 mm, front lens of Longar will be damaged!
Exposure options between camera and lens remain.
5 Camera and Lens bayonet
Schneider AF Longar 1.4× HFT High quality Teleconverter, 1.4× extension of focal length.
Loss of 1 stop at apertures.
Calculated for Xenotar 2/80 mm, Tele-Xenar 2.8/180 mm
and Apo-Tele-Xenar 4/300 mm.
Cannot be used with Planar 2.8/80 mm and Apo-Symmar, Makro 4.6/150 mm, front lens of Longar will be damaged!
Exposure options between camera and lens remain.
5 Camera and Lens bayonet
Rollei Teleconverter 2× HFT Teleconverter suitable for all standard, telephoto and zoom lenses.
2× Extension of focal length.
Loss of 2 stops at apertures. Elaborate optics.
Hardly any loss of image quality.
Exposure options between camera and lens remain.
6 Camera and Lens bayonet
Bellows device O For cameras up to 6002.
Exposure options between camera and lens remain.
Camera and Lens bayonet
Bellows device PQ SLX and all 6000 cameras.
Exposure options between camera and lens remain.
Camera and Lens bayonet
Extension Rings O Extension Rings: 9, 17, 34, 68 mm.
Compatible with cameras up to 6002.
Exposure options between camera and lens remain.
Camera and Lens bayonet
Extension Rings PQ Extension Rings: 9, 17, 34, 68 mm.
Compatible with SLX and all 6000 cameras.
Exposure options between camera and lens remain.
Camera and Lens bayonet
Extension Ring 67 mm PQ Extension Ring 67 mm.
Base extension for Apo-Symmar 4,6/150 mm.
Exposure options between camera and lens remain.
Camera and Lens bayonet
Vario-Extension Ring ET 22-68 PQ Extension Ring with focusing helicoid.
Extension 22 cm - 68 cm.
Exposure options between camera and lens remain.
Can be used with Retro-Adaptor.
Camera and Lens bayonet
Retro-Adaptor O 2 Parts device with interconnecting cable (radially fitted).
Exposure options between camera and lens remain.
Camera mount/Bayonet VI and
Lens mount/Bayonet VI
Retro-Adaptor PQ, PQS 2 Parts device with interconnecting cable (radially fitted).
Exposure options between camera and lens remain.
Camera mount/Bayonet VI and
Lens mount/Bayonet VI
Retro-Adaptor PQ, PQS 2 Parts device with interconnecting cable (tangentially fitted
to accommodate Vario-Extension Ring).
Exposure options between camera and lens remain.
Camera mount/Bayonet VI and
Lens mount/Bayonet VI

Notes

[1]
‘O’ is not an official qualification. It is just a way of identifying this group of lenses. There is no type indication on the lens barrel. Back
[2]
Except for the Rolleigons and the EL type, lenses for SLX and System 6000 have a bayonet filter mount. Special lenses like Fish Eye and Super-Wides are also exceptions. The lens construction may prevent the use of a bayonet mount. Back
[3]
Zeiss lenses with floating elements (FLE) have a third ring for setting the floating elements for the appropriate distance. On the Schneider Super-Angulons this is automatically done by the focusing ring. Back
[4]
E77 is an abbreviation of the German ‘Einschraub 77’. It means ‘screw in 77’ and 77 stands for the diameter in mm. Back