Is your analog arsenal still missing a twin-lens reflex camera? Ready your camera shelves (and your wallet) because we’re back with another fascinating vintage find, fresh from the camera corners of ebay. Today, it’s a special edition Rolleiflex 2.8 GX, made for Rollei’s 60th Anniversary. If you’re searching for something with a luxurious look and feel to it, this beautiful TLR definitely fits the bill with gorgeous snakeskin leather and a gold-plated name plate.
The Rolleiflex 2.8 GX 60th Anniversary Gold Edition listed for bidding by ballphotosupply looks like it’s in perfect condition, and has in fact been rated “Excellent ++”. There’s not much info provided in the listing other than some specifications/product details, and that it comes with the original Rollei strap and Rollei lens cap. The starting bid was set at $4,000, but you can buy it now for $5,200.
While the listing didn’t mention why it’s commanding such a high price, we can perhaps shed some light on it with some of the info we’ve found. First is the most eye-catching detail of the camera: a gold-plated name plate. On the other side is another gold-plated plate which indicates that the camera was made in commemoration of Rollei’s 60th anniversary. Next is the elegant metallic-gray paint on the body (and the lens cap), and the equally gorgeous Napa alligator print leather. All these details come together into a luxurious package that will surely delight any vintage camera fan, TLR lover, and camera collector. According to RolleiClub, a total of 1,500 pieces of this special edition were made.
This special edition Rolleiflex 2.8 GX is equipped with a Planar f2.8 lens, which boasts of a top-of-the-line lens design, special Rollei HFT coating that provides excellent contrast, outsanding colors, and great resolution. The Rolleiflex 2.8 GX also holds the distinction of being the first TLR camera to have a built-in TTL exposure metering. The viewfinder has color LED indicators that show under or over-exposure in half stops. Film speed can be set from 25 – 6400 ISO, while shutter speed is at 1 to 500 sec.
Ready to make it a part of your luxury vintage camera collection? There’s a few more hours to go, so head straight to the ebay listing to buy it now or place your bid.
Images from the ebay listing by ballphotosupply