Rollei 35 Focusing Help

Discussion in '35mm Cameras and Accessories' started by altim, Aug 28, 2011.

  1. altim

    altim Member

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    Just picked up a nice Rollei 35 LED, but I have no idea how to focus the thing. Based on my knowledge of scale focusing, the dots along the distance scale match up to the range of various f-stops. On this camera however it just has..dots.

    As far as I can figure the line relates to f3.5, but I have no idea about the rest. Any help appreciated!

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  2. dpurdy

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    looks to me like those numbers on the front of the lens are both meters and feet with the feet marked in red
     
  3. altim

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    You are correct, the red is in feet and the white is in meters. I guess I should have been more clear, the very front ring with the distance number and the ring with the aperture numbers move. The part with the line and dots does not move.

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    For instance on this other lens, I would say (and hopefully be correct) that at f8 everything between 15ft and 8ft would be in focus.
     
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    The dots are for f8 and f16. Likely calibrated for a 4x6" print. If you are going to do some big enlargements that might be viewed closely then I'd use the close marks as f11 or f16.
     
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    Awesome, thanks for the help guys. I'm going to try it out this week, I'm thinking I probably shouldn't have sold my meter.
     
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    I have that same camera. I have worked with the meter a little, but between the three trimmer resistors, can't seem to get it to read correctly in all light situations. Due to manufacturing tolerances and or wear, the back does not fit perfectly and this allows some light leaks. I use some black tape over the joint at the film-take-up spool side of the camera. You might want to check this in bright sun with a short roll of film. There is no foam seal or felt seal there to replace.