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The Rolleiflex SL66 is a single lens reflex camera made by Rollei, in from 1966-82. The SL66 represented a change in direction for Rollei, which until that time had focussed almost exclusively on its popular twin lens reflex cameras, the Rolleiflex and Rolleicord.
|Picture by John Banbury. (Image rights)|
Like the Rolleiflex TLR and the Hasselblad SLR, the SL66 uses 120 or 220 film to produce frames of 6×6 cm. It also incorporates several features that are unique or noteworthy in an SLR camera:
- Reverse-mounting lenses. Most SL66 lenses (With the exception of the very wide or very long lenses) could be reversed and mounted to the camera without adapters, for use in close-up macro photography.
- Lens bellows to accommodate focusing when the lenses are reverse-mounted. Again, this is impossible for most SLR cameras without special adapters.
- Lens tilt movement. The lenses could be tilted up to 8 degrees either up or down, to take advantage of the Scheimpflug principle, enabling greater depth of field, especially in close-up photographs.
The SL66 uses a focal-plane shutter, although several lenses were available in leaf shutters to enable much higher flash synchronization speeds.
Several later cameras based on the SL66 were made, including the SL66E, SL66X, and SL66SE. The most prominent changes in these newer models involved increased use of electronics in metering and flash synchronization. The SL66SE remained in production until 1992.
in English and German:
- DHW Fototechnik (Manufacturer of the modern medium format Rolleiflex cameras and repair)
- International Rollei Club (Largest Rollei website with details of all Rolleiflex equipment ever made)
- Rolleiflex Repair Shops and Related Services by Ferdi Stutterheim
- Club Rollei User (Club for all Users, Collectors and Enthusiasts of Rollei photography)
- Rolleiflex SL66 website (Information about all Rolleiflex SL66 camera models, lenses and accessories)
- Paepke Fototechnik (Repair and maintenance of Rolleiflex cameras and other Rollei equipment) English and German
- Rolleiflex Repair Shops and Related Services worldwide by Ferdi Stutterheim
- Rollei Repairs by Harry Fleenor Repair and maintenance for Rolleiflex TLR cameras