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A Quick Guide to Rollei 35 Cameras

When the Rollei 35 was first produced in 1966, it was the smallest full frame 35-millimetre camera ever sold to the public. Photographers looking for an easy-to-use film camera still love taking photos with this camera. You can find vintage and pre-owned Rollei 35 cameras on eBay.

What are the differences in Rollei 35 camera models?

Twenty-two different models of Rollei 35 cameras were produced in all. Some of the highest selling models include:

  • Rollei 35 s: This model is available in silver, gold, and black. It features the 2,8/40mm Sonnar lens, and it comes with a soft case, wrist strap, lens cap, and manual.
  • Rollei 35 se: This black model was one of the first to feature an electronic meter. It comes with a Sonnar lens.
  • Rollei 35 T: This black model was first made in Germany with a Carl Zeiss 3,4/40mm lens. After production, however, it was moved to Singapore. It comes with a Schneider S-Xenar lens or a Rollei Made Tessar lens. Those made in Germany came with a leather case, while those made in Singapore came with a leatherette case.
How do you take photos with a Rollei 35 camera?

After the film has been loaded into the Rollei 35 camera, follow these steps to take a photo:

  • Step one: Turn the exposure circle located on the left front of the camera to determine how long you want the shutter to stay open.
  • Step two: Point the camera at your subject.
  • Step three: Adjust the aperture dial until it is lined up with the red marker on the exposure meter.
  • Step four: Turn the setting ring to the correct distance in metres to the subject.
  • Step five: Look through the viewfinder, and press the shutter release button to take the picture.
What accessories are available for Rollei 35 cameras?

There are several accessories available for Rollei 35 cameras, including:

  • Camera cases: Depending on the model, Rollei 35 leather and leatherette cases may be available.
  • Electronic flash strobes: These off-camera flash units provided additional lighting with most working from nine inches to 22 feet.
  • Flash brackets: This type of flash was intended to be used on a tripod and connected with a cable to the camera's hotshoe.
  • Lens hood: These attach to the lens of most Rollei 35 cameras to block flare and sun glare.
  • Filters: Available in a variety of colours, these can create effects on the film or change colours in photos.
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