...Might end up being the Rolleiflex 2.8FX model, directly descended from the original Rollei TLR. Unless you think it's...
The Hy6 (this is a Mod. 2), much more loosely descended from the SL66/6000-series lineage of "modern idea" pro Rolleis. It uses licensed Phase One technology in its dedicated digital back, and can also shoot film.
Things are indeed very much 11th hour for the Rolleiflex—the current owner, DHW Fototechnik, entered insolvency in August 2014. The factory operated until last month, and is now under the control of a trustee, and some of the assets are scheduled for auction by lot.
It's not entirely hopeless yet, however. For the moment, much of the product inventory, spare parts, camera manufacturing and testing equipment, and a library of engineering drawings and documents are being held back. The U.S. importer at Rolleiflex USA, Eric Hiss, is one person who has a plan for rescuing the assets of the professional manufacturing segment, which ironically might be easier now than it was a few years ago, and he and his existing investors are working to enlist additional support. The TLR unit, for instance, is apparently as of this writing still intact, although it might not be for long. (Among other plans, Eric wants to make a digital TLR.)
There remains an outside chance that Eric's angels can swoop to the rescue. If not, Old nameplates never truly die (as Voightländer might indicate)—the former RCP Technik of Hamburg now owns the Rollei name, which it uses to market a line of consumer products and accessories such as action cams, digital picture frames, and tripods.
Who knows, proud old Rolleiflex might rise once more one day.
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Adam Lanigan: "My, oh my, is that 2.8FX a beautiful thing. Limited funds lead me a few years ago to pick up a Yashicamat 124G instead of a Rollei. At the time, it felt like settling, but I really did develop a love for that camera—or at least, the TLR approach to shooting. The quiet snick of the shutter, the confident heft, and there is not a soul on the planet who can not look into the viewfinder and want to photograph everything. Well, maybe the large format folks would snicker at it.
"Interestingly, though, what was once perhaps a wonderful, stealthy street camera (the TLR, in general) has now really become a surefire way to attract attention. I've had more conversations with complete strangers (civvies and hardened photo dawgs, alike) when carrying that camera than at any other time in my life, honestly. The response has typically been a uniform appreciation for the beauty of the device (the Yashica may not be a Rollei, but it's still a handsome thing) mixed with a bit of anachronistic puzzlement. ('That thing still works?')"