Rollei 35S - just arrived today
I was just talking to Fiona (my wife) on the phone, she told me that an interesting looking box had arrived, could she open it?
After fighting through the gaffer tape she found my latest ebay purchase. "Oh, that's very nice," she said, "it's too good for you". She might have forgiven my indulgence, although by the sounds of things, I might have to buy another one!
I never intended to buy another 35mm camera anyway, but then I got looking at these... and I really could do with a smaller camera to carry around... you know the story...
Seriously, I'd be interested to hear from anyone else who has one and any good tips as I gather these cameras are just a bit quirky.
Hi Euan, a wife that understands your ebay purchases..... wow! Seriously I did have a 35S some years ago and I did find it a bit quirky but the results from the Sonnar, especially in colour are really great. Once you get used to the upside down controls they are actually quite a treat to use and certainly compact. The only criticism that I have heard is that of the lack of rangefinder but in practise it's no real problem.
I often toy with the idea of getting another one but prices have gone through the roof over here!
Originally Posted by eubielicious
I have two of them. One in pristine condition that I don't use, and one that shows a few "knocks" that I do use.
Main point is to be careful with the lens in terms of extending and retracting (i.e. not forcing it against the lock). Pretty obvious, but you can be surprised by what a former owner may have done.
Note that the meter is always on, so if you don't have the meter cell covered (such as in an opaque case), you are draining the battery.
I use mine with the 625 battery adapter (http://www.buhla.de/Foto/batt-adapt-US.pdf) and have found it to be accurate enough for print film.
There are manuals online. If you need one and can't find one, PM me.
Congrats - mine is a black Rollei 35 (not Sonnar). The Tessar is in the running for the sharpest lens I own (of many big names) which says a lot for the Sonnar.
I don't think you'll be disappointed once you get the hang of using it. If you're using the meter, tilt it down somewhat to avoid underexposure due to the sky. I use mine to regularly meter with slide film.
Rollei 35, Sensia 100
Seriously, the tiniest details are visible when you examine closely, e.g. the print on the white buoy on the roof.
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The meter of your Rollei 35S could be replaced and it could be adjusted to take a PX625 Alkaline battery or an adapter could be gotten as mentioned above to take an Alkaline battery.
Originally Posted by naturephoto1
I don't really miss the meter. Quite used to shooting with tiny cameras without meters
Originally Posted by ZorkiKat
Case and point where smaller is better???!!!
I have the Rollei 35B which I like a bit better, its not battery operated, but it is full manual where I can set the shutter and aperture. The meter does still work, and I like the black finish on it, and how the body doesnt have the two big dials, but rather on the lens itself. Its the cheapest lens of all the Rollei 35 but it seems to be just fine.
The only 'quirky' thing to make sure to do in case you havent already figured it out, is to make sure the shutter is cocked before trying to retract the lens back into the camera, despite the cameras being quite well built, their insides are not that difficult to damage from trying to get the lens back in without cocking it first.
As far as the battery on the original 35 goes, it can be used with a 1.5v 625, true you may be off by half a stop (which can either be rewired or adjust the ISO to compensate) but it would work which is better than not working at all. After a while you become the judge of what settings work based on the meter's sugestions. Or as someone I know puts it, the more meters you own, the more incorrect they all are.
They're great little cameras despite not having a rangefinder in them, tho you can get a small handheld rangefinder thats a fraction the size of the rollei if you really must have close-to-accurate focusing, I got a small little kodak one that I can snap into the flash shoe of the camera and focus on that first then set it on the lens.
Here is a picture of mine that I managed to repair.
It suffered one of those 'retracted without cocking first' issues from the previous owner, but after removing most of the broken black plastic inside, and resetting the shutter cocking hammer and such, it works just fine, I just have to make sure I pull the lens completely out before turning, as it doesnt have the extra depth of the black plastic peices that would have made it more snug before being finally snaped into place. (it also prevented you from accidently turning it onto the shutter firing mechanism which would actually open the shutter and keep it opened til you got into the back of the camera lol. )
Color Film always existed. It's just the world was always black and white till recently.
Well, I've got the camera. It's got a really good solid feel about it and actually I don't think it's going to take too much getting used to, I've used plenty of rangefinders with manual focus before so this shouldn't be too difficult.
I seem to have benefitted slightly from the seller not being a camera person - what he described as a lens cover is in fact a UV filter and his fuzzy picture and sketchy description may have put a few bidders off. The camera and lens appear to work beautifully, the lens comes out and retracts really easily. The bonus is that the meter seems to be in good working order too - at least it appears to obey the sunny/16 rule.
I'm going to run a roll of film through and see what comes back!