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    Quote Originally Posted by naturephoto1
    Hi Jay,

    Case and point where smaller is better???!!!
    Rich

    Uhm, yes...

    But it's a different case when you put the 35S in your pants pocket and walk around with it. People may think of something else. Heheheheh

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    A thread on APUG, a quick look on the Ffordes website, a severe attack of GAS...

    ...and there's a black E++ Rollei 35 (Tessar) arriving Monday!

    Dammit Euan!

    To be fair, I've been looking for an ultra-compact, all-manual 35mm with good glass for a while. The zone focusing put me off before, but I recently acquired a tiny vintage optical rangefinder designed to fit in a hotshoe (£7 ebay) so...
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    Well Frank - I am delighted with my Rollei 35, it's so small but yet so solid and I've found it quite easy to use, the strangest bit is loading film as you have to actually pull the back of the camera off! Also the left sided film winder is a bit odd at first.

    The first film goes into the shop tomorrow and it'll give me a very good idea as to how well the camera works and how well I can work with it!

    Euan

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    Glad you're enjoying it, mate! Post some results when you get them; I'd be most interested.
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    FrankB, I guess you know this but... if you are thinking of mounting the tiny RF on the camera, you're in for bad luck - the hotshoe is mounted on the bottom of the camera... Time for some DIY, maybe?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerevan
    FrankB, I guess you know this but... if you are thinking of mounting the tiny RF on the camera, you're in for bad luck - the hotshoe is mounted on the bottom of the camera... Time for some DIY, maybe?
    It is a bit awkward, but it works. I have a mint Voigtlander Rangefinder which I can slip into the shoe. It can be used upside down, but you can also flip the camera around to focus and the correct it as well. Not ideal but it is doable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerevan
    FrankB, I guess you know this but... if you are thinking of mounting the tiny RF on the camera, you're in for bad luck - the hotshoe is mounted on the bottom of the camera... Time for some DIY, maybe?
    Hi Jerevan,

    Yep, I'd spotted this (but thanks for pointing it out!).

    For general usage I'm looking to use it the regular way, i.e. guesstimate the distance and select a small enough aperture to give me a bit of 'windage'. The rangefinder will live in my pocket (it really is a tiny affair) for those occasions when my guesstimations need some reassurance or I want (or am stuck with) shallow DoF.

    All the best,

    Frank
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    No one ever said you had to keep the camera facing upright to use an RF on the bottom....
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    Ffordes appear to have done it again!

    A beautiful black Rollei 35 arrived well-packed and presented this morning. If anything their description is a bit pessimistic; E++ and it's immaculate with a tiny, tiny ding in one side (if you didn't know it was there you'd be hard pressed to find it). All controls smooth, lens clean and clear, meter about a stop optimistic (compared with my WestonMaster) which I reckon is down to voltage discrepency (I'll just change the ISO setting from 400 to 200).

    Loading film was a little odd. The flip down pressure plate nearly fooled me (not difficult) and I won't be too surprised if I haven't threaded it correctly (ah, the fun of learning new kit!).

    Looking forward to using this little gem in anger!

    EDIT (after putting half a roll through) - Lovely to use, great little viewfinder, everything silky smooth and feeling good. I just wish I'd brought that little rangefinder in today to check my distance guesses!
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    My wife bought me a Rollei 35S as a birthday present a few months ago and I'm delighted with it. The Sonnar lens is superb.

    I invested in a voltage converter (about £27) that converts a silver oxide 386 cell to the correct voltage and which screws directly into the battery compartment. A couple of test rolls confirm the meter is working very well with this solution.

    All the best,

    redsnapper

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