Lomopedia: Rollei 35


First manufactured from 1966 to 1971 by Rollei in Germany, the Rollei 35 has remained an iconic camera and a favorite of film photography enthusiasts for being one of the smallest full frame cameras ever made. Find out more about this beautiful and fascinating camera in this installment of Lomopedia.

Photos via RolleiClub.com

The Rollei 35 was designed by Heinz Waaske for Rollei, and was manufactured in Germany from 1966 to 1971, then in Singapore afterwards. It was presented as Rollei’s first 35mm viewfinder camera during the 1966 International Photokina in Cologne, Germany alongside the camera maker’s first medium format SLR, the Rolleiflex SL66.

The Rollei 35 remains an important and iconic camera for being one of the smallest full-frame cameras ever made, weighing only 370 grams and measuring 97 × 32 × 60mm. This compact shooter, once billed as the world’s smallest 35mm precision camera, continues to be one of the most successful cameras in history. It is still being manufactured to this day by DHW Fototechnikas in small batches.

Photo via emmajanenation.com

Technical Specifications:

  • Type:
    24 × 36 mm compact view finder camera with manual pointer, meter needle exposure control.
  • Specification:
    Collapsible lens, between-lens shutter 1/2 to 1/500 sec and B, double exposure and blank framelock,
    exposure metering system coupled to aperture and shutter speed settings, film speed range 25-1600
    ASA/15. 33 DIN, indicator dial for film type loaded, self-zeroing frame counter, X-center contact for flash
    guns, cable release socket, fitting for carrying strap.
  • Exposure meter:
    Pointer / meter needle aligning system with CdS-cell, directed metering to subject foreground, measuring
    range with 100 ASA/21 DIN film 16-16,000 cd/m2, 17.9-17.900 cd/sq.yd.;
  • Power supply:
    Button cell 1.35 V. (PX13 or PX625)
  • Finder system:
    Optical view finder 0.6 x, bright-line frame with parallax marks, showing surrounding subject field.
  • Lens:
    Rollei HFT Sonnar 40 mm f/2.8, filter thread E 30,5 × 0,5 (Tessar 40 mm f/3.5, filter thread E 24 x
    0.5*), made by Rollei under license from Carl Zeiss, Oberkochen, West Germany; collapsible with shutter
    tensioned. Five (four*) elements, four components, aperture range 2.8 (3.5*) to 22, manual focusing to 3
    ft/ 0.9 m.
  • Dimensions: Approx. 97 × 60 × 32 mm, 3’3/16″ × 2′ 3/8″ × 1′1/4" inch (97 × 60 × 30 mm, 3’3/16″ × 2′3/8″ × 1′3/16"
  • Weight: Approx. 320g / 11 5/16oz (325g / 11 7/16 oz*).
  • Accessories: Carrying strap, carrying case, eveready case, lens cap, folding lens hood with E 30.5 × 0.5 (E 24 × 0.5) thread; medium yellow, orange. UV, R 1.5 filter with E 30.5 × 0.5 (E 24 × 0.5) thread.
Credits: adventuresinanalog, jerryka, andrus_n, gengorou, dalekracer & breton

All information for this article were sourced from Rollei 35 on Camerapedia, Rollei 35 on Wikipedia, Rollei 35 User Manual on PhotoMysteries.com, and RolleiClub.com.

written by plasticpopsicle on 2013-06-13 in #reviews


  1. clownshoes
    clownshoes ·

    Always love the specs on this camera; hope to get a deal on one eventually.

  2. neanderthalis
    neanderthalis ·

    I am with clownshoes on that.

  3. stouf
    stouf ·

    Ahaha me too! : )

  4. exit14
    exit14 ·

    I have one and I love it. Great camera!

  5. rbruce63
    rbruce63 ·

    Outstanding design and practical use!

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