About Rollei 35
The Rollei company can trace its illustrious history back to 1920 and a workshop in Braunschweig, Germany, where business partners Paul Franke and Reinhold Heidecke launched their line of optical and photographic equipment. Their twin lens Rolleiflex, a roll film camera embodying the state of the art technology of the day helped the company to establish a global reputation as a manufacturer dedicated to quality and precision equipment. The Rollei brand became something of a cult phenomenon and defined a certain photographic look during the boom years of the 1950s and 1960s. Today Rollei products are sold in twenty countries.
The Rollei 35, a 35 mm viewfinder camera was launched at the Photokina trade fair in Cologne in 1966. At this time it was the smallest 135 camera available and gained an enthusiastic following. Around two million have been produced since. The Rollei 35 is still made today by DHW Fototechnik in limited productions catering for the specialist niche market of 35 mm camera enthusiasts. The Rollei Original and Gold versions were made in Germany in 1966 to 1970. Production switched to Singapore in the 1970s and 1980s, where the 35T, 35S, 35TE and 35SE models were produced. Production returned to Germany for the Metric and Platin versions and from 1992 Classic models have been offered to the specialist market.
Used original, vintage models of the Rollei 35 are available in various conditions up to near mint and virtually unused, many with their original straps, carrying cases and other accessories. There are also the reissued models offered. Original user manuals can also be found.