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LC-A Big Book Chapter 77: The Rollei 35 Swings the 60s

Even though the Rollel 35 was so small, it featured sophisticated high-end functions including fully manual aperture and shutter speed settings, a collapsible and excellent 40mm F3.5 Tessar lens, and a light-meter making it an ultra-compact camera that promised everything you could wish for.

The 19605 not only witnessed the immense popularity of cheap plastic cameras (which, it must be said, didn’t usually offer very good quality images), but also the rise of a number of high-tech mechanical compact cameras. The whole thing started when Rollei released their legendary Rollei 35 in 1966, presenting the smallest ever built, and nearly the smallest physically possible 35mm camera of its time. The body of the camera was ultra-compact and no bigger than a piece of soap. It was truly unimaginable how this little camera was able to house all these fabulous mechanics and still produce high-quality images! Even though the Rollel 35 was so small, it featured sophisticated high-end functions including fully manual aperture and shutter speed settings, a collapsible and excellent 40mm F3.5 Tessar lens, and a light-meter making it an ultra-compact camera that promised everything you could wish for.

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