Rolleifix ‘Quick’ Release Mount
Well, not really quick, I am coming to that. The main reason to use a Rolleifix is stability and security. Besides, using the screw-in mount of the camera back takes even longer. When discussing the camera back I already advised against screwing a Rolleiflex onto a tripod just like that. The back can easily be damaged. The Rolleifix uses 4 fixing points: 2 on the front being part of the main camera body and two on the bottom. The picture of the Rolleicord III shows the two front fixing points. Unfortunately the mounting plate lacks the groove for the Rolleifix that is used by the two bottom fixing points. The bottom of the Rolleifix has the standard ⅜ in European thread for mounting on a tripod. You may need a ⅜ in to ¼ in mount adaptor for some tripods.
Photograph of my Rolleicord Va with a Rolleifix and a RRS B6 plate next to the RRS clamp
mounted on a ball head and a tripod both made in Wetzlar. (This is an early Leitz ball head
with dual ¼ and ⅜ in mounts on both top and bottom. Later ones are ¼ in
Photo ©2020 F.W. Stutterheim
When the Rolleifix is already mounted on the tripod it is a bit of a hassle to mount a Rolleiflex on to the Rolleifix. It has to be done precisely and one is not always in a favourable position to do it. Mounting the camera on to the separate Rolleifix first is much easier but screwing the combo on to the tripod is even worse. I use the Rolleifix together with an Arca Swiss style quick release plate. I turn the camera upside down first, then mount the Rolleifix/plate combination and finally mount the whole thing on to the Arca Swiss style clamp. This works fine and secure. I use a Really Right Stuff lever clamp and their little square B6 (or B9) plate that is permanently fixed to the Rolleifix. Of course any clamp will do. Some clamps have tiny levers that are difficult to use without hurting the fingers. RRS clamps have long levers and are easy to handle. An alternative would be a screw-knob clamp. I purchased and paid for my ‘Stuff’ at a local store and I am not in contact with the producer.
Rolleigrip Pistol Grip
The Rolleigrip is a Rolleifix with attached pistol grip. A cable release is operated by the trigger. It is often used together with the Rolleiflex prism finder. All this makes it a heavy set. A good friend once said news photographers found it useful. “You can use it to beat yourself out of a crowd and it still takes great pictures”. (I think this is a good moment to refer site visitors to my ‘small print’. If you try this, you are on your own as far as I am concerned. Anyway changing film will leave one in a quite vulnerable position.)
Operating the whole contraption looks difficult. For both left and right handed photographers the only way seems holding the camera with the right hand. Then the left hand is free for focusing. The transport crank is at the wrong side now but turning the camera over to left till upside down solves this problem.