Just thought about passing some observations about recent changes in Rollei offerings on to our fellow readers and comment on some. 1. Many of you may have heard about the cancellation of the new Tele-Rolleiflex due to technical reasons related to the dimensions of the original body. This is extremely disappointing because a modified Tele-Rolleiflex with closer focusing could open up new photographic avenues for portrait photography and could have already 40 years ago. The lack of mirror slap, the smooth shutter, and the twin-lens concept with light meter would really be innovative and practical. Hopefully, they'll find a Japanese donor who'll jump in for some of the developing costs. 2. The new 50mm AF-Super-Angulon will be available in spring and a new 150mm AF-Tele-Xenar in summer 2005. This now looks like a really nice lens line-up. All those Schneider lenses are fantastic and they should work really nicely with the AF. While the zoom remains bulky, it probably has its fans as well. It is really nice to see the discontinued 150mm Tele-Xenar return to the catalogue. An AF macro lens would be desirable, in spite of plans to postpone its development. This way Rollei would be competitive with its 645 competition. 3. Some of the more exotic Zeiss lenses such as the 500mm Apo- Tessar, the 40mm Distagon, or the 30mm Fisheye Distagon have been disappearing from the catalogues. While it is a pitty that Zeiss's extreme focal lengths seem to disappear, the overall trend seems reasonable and way overdue. There doesn't seem to be any justifyable reason to have both Schneider and Zeiss compete for the same focal lengths. I'd rather see Rollei focus on its excellent Schneider lenses and compensate this line-up with some Zeiss lenses, where the Schneider set-up is incomplete, such as the Fisheye or the extreme Tele-photo range. Alternatively, Schneider might just design two or three more new lenses. This would help to streamline Rollei's lens portfolio toward its strongest highlights. It's kind of re-assuring to see the changes. Looks like that Rollei is still alive and kicking. Hopefully they'll get a nice digital combo up and running in the near future, and they'll be back in business.