Video: A look at the rare ‘white face’ Rolleiflex 2.8F twin-lens reflex camera
Bellamy Hunt of Japan Camera Hunter fame is back with another episode of Camera Geekery, his ongoing YouTube series wherein he highlights the unique designs and features of older film cameras.
This episode of the ongoing series features the much-requested Rolleiflex 2.8F, a twin-lens reflex (TLR) camera that was first available in 1949, but continued to be produced all the way through 2014 with the Rolleiflex 2.8FX. As Hunt explains in his video, the particular model he shows off isn’t your average Rolleiflex 2.8F either, it’s a ‘White Face Rolleiflex.’ What does that mean?
According to Hunt, these models, which are named as such due to the silver color used on the lenses and produced in the 1970s, are the last of the original line of Rolleiflex 2.8F cameras. Aside from using a more unique color for the lenses, the optics are also said to be improved from the original versions due to improved construction. They were also more expensive and fewer were made. As you can guess, these elements all come together to create a camera model that is sought after by collectors, as they’re viewed as ‘the last of the truly great Rolleiflex cameras,’ in the words of Hunt.
The full 11-minute video is a wonderful look at a beautifully-designed TLR camera and is well worth the watch. You can find more of more of Hunt’s videos on the Japan Camera Hunter website and subscribe to his Japan Camera Hunter YouTube channel to both support him and keep up with all future episodes of ‘Camera Geekery.’
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