In your bag No: 1315 – Volker Muth


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In your bag No: 1315, Volker Muth
Today we have a really cool bag. Well, not so much a bag as a totally custom flight case, packed to the gills with a very fine camera. This one is a true beast. Check it out.

My “bag” is a made to measure aluminum case. It has the maximum IATA measurement for cabin luggage. I love the idea that I could travel light around the world. As a photographer I love to have everything I need in one place and so I don’t have to search for items during a portrait session. I just grab this case, a Manfrotto 055XB tripod and an old Pentax Spotmeter V and I am fine for a portrait.

The case includes the following items:

Rolleiflex 6008 professional

Zeiss Sonnar 1:4 150mm PQS

Zeiss Planar 1:2,8 80mm PQ

2x Tele extender

ET17 extension tube


90 Degree Prism

additional 6×6 120 film back

three film inserts

some rolls of B&W film and color negative film

some film containers for exposed films

additional NiMh battery

Bay VI B&W, UV filter, Polfilter

Bay VI Zeiss Softar I&II

67mm color correction filter KR3

Tiffen Kodak Wratten 90 B&W viewing filter

72mm and 67mm adapters to Bay VI

BayVI to 67mm adapter

RC 120 remote release

Swiss army knife

lens pen

air blower

data sheets on film

I bought the Rolleiflex 6008 in Germany in 2010 and gave her a CLA , a new battery and a new focusing screen. Since then the camera works fine. This camera allows me a way of working I hardly could do with another camera. First of all there is the waist-level finder. It enables me to see the overall picture on the ground glass but also to talk to the person I am photography. With an SLR I always found it annoying to have a body in front of my face. Working with a waist-level finders helps to build up trust and a certain level of intimacy between the photographer and the person who get photographed. Starting with 35 mm SLRs I easily understood the advantages of the waist level finder and I find composing a picture with the waist-level finder extremely effective. The three-dimensional impression of the focusing screen was an amazingly impression to me.

Using the Rolleiflex 6008 made me appreciate the underlying concept of the camera. There is no odd solution; most oft he camera is self-explanatory. You realise that the Rolleiflex SLX, from which the 6008 descends, was a well thought camera concept. Everything gives the impression of all of a piece. No additional motor drive or prism finder needs to be added to use additional features like shutter priority. The electronic built into the camera is no an end in itself but support for the photographer – if desired. I found the motor drive very helpfully and the noise never annoyed me. Automatic windup to the first frame and wind out at the end of each roll are very convenient on a busy photo shooting. I know that some people are reluctant about electronic in medium format cameras but it works very well and I never had lost a photo due to empty batteries etc.

There are some solutions in this camera I would miss a lot like the brilliant laminar dark slide which is much better than the metal dark slide normally used, the film inserts that makes loading new film as fast as with a Nikon and the different exposure modes you can use without any additional prism viewfinder. In fact the 6008 is the only 6×6 SLR camera that combines metering with waist-level viewing.

Kind regards,


Photographic images of corporate identities and special skills.



Thanks for sharing your bag with us, Volker. That is a really stunning setup. I love it.

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4 comments on “In your bag No: 1315 – Volker Muth”

    Hilde Heyvaert December 21, 2015 at 11:48 pm / Reply

    I absolutely love the look of that camera.

    Max Heimann December 22, 2015 at 2:51 pm / Reply

    Hej Volker,

    Thank you for describing the feeling of the 6008 so accurately. It is a very nice camera. A similar setup was given to me a couple of months ago and I enjoy working with it a lot. Everything feels incredibly intuitive to use.

    I like the straight forward approach in your working people portraits. Your photo of the airport security man and his dog seems to be all over Germany – at least that is my impression of it.

    Have you had any experience with the polaroid back?
    I am looking for one at the moment and any advice would be appreciated.

    Best wishes from Freiburg

    Dan Castelli December 23, 2015 at 12:34 pm / Reply

    Such a beautiful camera. I worked in a pro camera store in the early 1970’s. We sold mostly to the trade, very few general consumer customers. Our line included both ‘Blads & Rollies.
    The ‘Blad was solid; the ‘go to’ camera for medium format. The 6008 was different, like a work of art. It was so well thought out and just so nice to handle. The ‘Blad was like a utility van – robust, reliable and predictable. The 6008 was like a sports car. Both worked beautifully, but I always though the 6008 had the edge on the ‘Blad.

    Wishing you a creative 2016!

    Volker Muth June 25, 2016 at 10:58 pm / Reply

    Hello Max,

    the polaroid back is very fine and I sometimes use it. Especially in a portrait session for checking if there is something annoying in the picture I rather would like to avoid on the final film shot. Sometimes giving a polaroid is a measure to build up trust with some people and sometimes it is a nice gesture to say thank you to the portrayed. The back for the Rolleiflex 6000 is a no-brainer. I own a version with an additional pice of glass in front of the film and I am unsure of the benefit it brings. As Fuji has stopped producing FP-100 pack film I am optimistic that some firm like CatLABS of JP or the New55 Film will step in.

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