Lomopedia: Rollei 35


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

Rollei 35 © RRT877, Don DeBold, and Frode Inge Helland via Wikimedia Commons, Images used under Creative Commons license

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.

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Technical Specifications

Type: 24 × 36 mm compact viewfinder camera with a manual pointer, meter needle exposure control
Specification: Collapsible lens, between-lens shutter 1/2 to 1/500 sec and B, double exposure and blank frame lock, 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 flashguns, 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
Power supply: Button cell 1.35 V. (PX13 or PX625)
Finder system: Optical viewfinder 0.6 x, bright-line frame with parallax marks, showing surrounding subject field
Lens: Rollei HFT(R) Sonnar 40 mm f/2.8, filter thread E 30,5 x 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 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" inch)
Weight: Approx. 320 g / 11 5/16 oz (325 g / 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

All information for this article was 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 #gear #rollei #review #full-frame #lomography #compact-camera #rollei-35 #lomopedia


  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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