The Rolleiflex 2.8F Aurum of 1983 descended from a long, distinguished line of twin-lens reflex cameras dating back to the pioneer 1929 Rolleiflex made by Franke & Heidecke in Braunschweig, Germany. The Aurum (Latin for “gold”) was finished in black with alligator leather and gold-plated metal parts. Other than the finish and trim, it was a standard 2.8F model, long regarded by professionals and serious amateurs alike as one of the finest cameras produced anywhere. The Rolleiflex 2.8F took twelve six-centimeter square images on a roll of 120 film, or twice as many on 220, for cameras so equipped. The 80mm f/2.8 lenses, Compur shutter, bright focus screen, and coupled meter made it a favorite medium-format tool, especially for location shots where the Rolleiflex’s ruggedness and reliability were important. Rolleiflex 2.8Fs were mounted with either Zeiss Planar or Schneider-Kreuznach Xenotar lenses.