Since the end of year 2000 I'm a very happy owner of a camera of the Rollei-System 6000 - a Rollei SLX.
It is the first camera body in the system 6000 and the only one, which doesn't have a name like 600X. Anyway, it is compatibel to the system 6000.
In the following I will describe the system 6000 and after that I say more about the specific bodies:
In general:The system 6000 ist a medium format system for 6x6 and has been designed at the end of the seventies. It is full electronical, that means: "Without power, nothing will happen."
For people, who know other medium format systems (i.e. Hasselblad) this may seem very unusual, but in comparison to current 35mm SLRs this isn't unusual at all.
In my opinion, this system has been very futuristic, when it came to the market.
It is well designed in every detail:
It is still the only medium format system (AFAIK), which has a
build-in TTL-light metering, that works with a waist level finder -
WITHOUT a prism finder!
The filmholder is symmetrical, so that you just take it out, take
the film out, turn it 180°, put in a new film and put it back into
the camera. You don't have to change the empty roll to the other
side like at a Hasselblad.
The bayonet doesn't need any mechanical parts, similar to the EOS bayonet, which has been invented 10 years later.
The rechargeable battery has a build-in spare fuse and you don't have to search one, if you need it.
All lenses in system 6000 have 1/3 stops.
All cameras have a motor for the filmtransport with 1.5-2.5 fps
(depending on the body), for moving the mirror and for the leaf
System 6000 - the two product lines:
You can divide the system 6000 in two parts, which are compatibel with each other:
There are the models SLX, 6002 and 6006 with the "old" lenses, that means the lenses without "PQ" or "PQS" and the models 6001, 6003 and 6008 with the newer PQ- and PQS-lenses.
You can either use old lenses on new bodies, or new lenses on old
bodies. Of course you can only use the functions of the old line.
Also the accessories like extension rings, bellows and teleconverter can be used with all parts of the system 6000.
The SLX was the first camera in the system 6000. Built from 1976 through 1984, rechargeable battery-block with 8 NC-cells, motordrive (1.5 fps), no changeable backs. Change of a filmroll takes about 10-15 s.
All lenses have a leaf shutter with linear drive. The
shutter speed is from 1/500s to 30s and B. Stoppeddown metered
time priority AE is possible from EV3 (@2.8/80mm). The SLX has
a linear drive for stopping down and a multi-purpose button for
metering/AE-lock/stopping down. In the finder are 3 LEDs for:
overexposure, underexposure, battery warning. The aperture is
visible on the lens itself.
The price for a used SLX is between 600,- and 800,- EUR for the body, 6x6 back, Planar 2.8/80mm, battery block and charger.
I highly recommend the newer version of the SLX, which has non-removable shutter releases without a chrome ring. The older SLX has often problems with the electronics.
The 6002 has been built from 1986-1991 and is very similar to
The price for a used 6002 set (the same set like SLX) is between 700,- and 900,- EUR.
The 6006 was built from 1983-1988 (since 1987 mod2).
A used 6006 set costs between 900,- and 1100,- EUR, a 6006 mod2 between 1000,- and 1200,- EUR.
Through the years, there are different versions of the 6008. First was the
6008 professional, 1988-1992:
It was the first camera with open aperture metering, when used with the new released PQ lenses. It has a handgrip on the right side, the motordrive makes 2 fps and the camera has integral-, spot- and multispotmeasuring. Also manual mode, aperture- and time priority and programmed AE are available (EV2).
Auto-bracketing with 3 frames is possible and the film speed adjust is now at the filmback.
In the finder are LEDs for the exposuretime, aperture and exposure correction in 1/3 stops.
6008 SRC 1000, 1992-199?:
The 6008 SRC 1000 can use the 1/1000 s of the PQS lenses. The "SRC" means Scan RemoteControl. It's possible to control digital backs with the 6008 SRC 1000.
6008E / integral, 199?-today:
The current model 6008 has the following improvements:
You can also attach the MasterControl remote unit now, with the following benefits:
The price for a used 6008 is (depending on the model of 6008) between 1800,- and 3000,- EUR.
This is a list of all lenses that I know about. There are also teleconverters, extension rings, an automatic bellows and a shutter mount for enlarger lenses.