The Joys of Shooting With a Rolleiflex TLR Camera

The TLR camera has long gone the way of the dinosaur, replaced by SLRs, but you can still find used TLRs for purchase, with Rolleiflex models generally being the most sought after. This fun video follows a street photographer as he shoots with a Rolleiflex 2.8F TLR camera.

Coming to you from Frederik Trovatten, this great video follows him as he shoots with his dream camera, the Rolleiflex 2.8F TLR. If you have not seen one before, a TLR (twin-lens reflex) camera is pretty unique. It features two lenses, one for rendering the image on film, and another for actually viewing the image you are taking, which is reflected upwards to a waist-level finder. If you have ever watched a movie set in the 1920s or 1930s, you might have seen one in usage. I have had the Model X f/3.5 version for a decade or so now, and it is a ton of fun to shoot with (mine features a 75mm f/3.5 taking lens and 75mm f/2.8 viewing lens and was made between 1949 and 1951). Trovatten’s model is much nicer, typically going for about $2,500 on eBay. TLRs are a very fun and unique experience; check out the video above for more. 


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