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The Rollei 35 is a 35mm miniature viewfinder camera built by Rollei. The original Rollei 35, when introduced at photokina in 1966, was the smallest existing 135 film camera. Still today, the Rollei 35 series remains one of the smallest 35 mm camera after the Minolta TC-1 and Minox 35. In 30 years, about 2 million Rollei 35 series cameras were manufactured. The Rollei 35 was manufactured by DHW Fototechnik up to 2015, the successor of Franke & Heidecke as small-batch production. The last version is the Rollei 35 Classic, an updated Rollei 35 SE.
The Rollei 35 is probably best described as ‘quirky. It is about the smallest you could possibly make a 35mm film camera, and yet presents you with as many controls as a typical 35mm SLR camera. I bought mine for about £60 from a classic camera store in Manchester to see if I could really get SLR performance from such a tiny little box.
The version I have is called ‘LED’ as the exposure meter is coupled to the lens and shutter and uses red and green LEDs in the viewfinder to indicate under-correct-over exposure. The camera has no automatic mode, so shutter speed and aperture must be adjusted until the meter lights the green LED.
The lens is a collapsible 40mm f3.5 lens (a better f2.8 lens is available on the higher spec models I think) that you have to pull out from the body and lock into position. This caused me much confusion initially until I read the manual and figured it out. The lens has a shutter speed ring around it where it joins the body, and aperture and focus rings around the front element.
As you are not seeing though the lens you have to guess the focus distance, or use a smaller aperture and the marked depth of field scales to set a zone of focus. It’s not too hard to get the hang of, especially with fast film loaded so you can use f8 or f11 most of the time.
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