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Prototypes and ‘0’ Series
Name
Features1
Start at № End at № Number Made Produced Lens
Prototype
Rollei 35
- Chrome plated brass
0 0 2 in Germany by Rollei 09/1965-02/1966 Carl Zeiss Tessar 3.5/40 mm
‘0’ Series Rollei 35
- Chrome plated brass
- Black alloy
3,000,001 3,000,200
120
80
in Germany by
Rollei-Compur-Gossen-Zeiss
07/1966-09/1966 Carl Zeiss Tessar 3.5/40 mm

Particulars: Around 60 samples of the ‘0’ Series were dismantled for research and are permanently lost.
The Tessar offered in the Rollei 35 has front lens focusing. The standard procedure of focusing is moving all lens groups together.

Rollei 35
Name
Features
Start at № End at № Number Made Produced Lens
Rollei 35
- Chrome plated brass
- Black
3,000,201 3,311,000 8000 in Germany by
Rollei-Compur-Gossen-Zeiss
11/1966-12/1971 Carl Zeiss Tessar2 3.5/40 mm
Opton Te 3.5/40 mm
Rollei 35
- Chrome plated brass
- Black
3,000,201 3,311,000 304,000 in Germany by Rollei 11/1966-12/1971 Carl Zeiss Tessar 3.5/40 mm
Opton Te 3.5/40 mm
Rollei 35
- Chrome plated brass
- Black
3,312,000 3,499,999 185,000-x by Rollei Singapore 06/1971-10/1973 Carl Zeiss Tessar 3.5/40 mm
Opton Te 3.5/40 mm
From 04/1973:
Tessar 3.5/40 mm Made by Rollei
Rollei 35
- Chrome plated brass
- Black
3,312,000 3,499,999 30,000 by Rollei Singapore 07/1972-04/1973 Schneider S-Xenar4 3.5/40 mm
Rollei 35
- Chrome plated brass
- Black
6,000,000 6,299,999 x by Rollei Singapore 10/1973-08/1974 Tessar 3.5/40 mm, Made by Rollei.

Particulars: Cameras equipped with S-Xenar lenses were sold only in Eastern Europe, Italy and the U.S.A.

Special Edition Rollei 35 “Made in Germany”
Rollei 35
- Gold plated brass
3,000,201 3,311,000 1500 in Germany by Rollei 11/1970-12/1971 Carl Zeiss Tessar3 3.5/40 mm

Meant to be the last production run of the Rollei 35 in Germany.

Special Edition Rollei 35 “Made in Singapore”
Rollei 35
- Black
3,312,000 3,499,999 5000 by Rollei Singapore 12/1971 Carl Zeiss Tessar 3.5/40 mm

2 special orders.

Rollei 35 T
Name
Features
Start at № End at № Number Made Produced Lens
Rollei 35 T
- Chrome plated brass
- Black
- Bright Alloy
6,000,000 6,499,999 440,000 by Rollei Singapore 09/1974-02/1980 Tessar5 3.5/40 mm, Made by Rollei.

Particulars: The Rollei 35 was renamed Rollei 35 T with the introductio of the Rollei 35 S.
Not all available numbers were used. Bright Alloy from 01/1977.

Rollei 35 S
Name
Features
Start at № End at № Number Made Produced Lens
Rollei 35 S
- Chrome plated brass
- Black
- Black Alloy
6,500,000 6,799,999 260,000 by Rollei Singapore 09/1974-02/1980 Sonnar6 2.8/40 mm, Rollei-HFT, Made by Rollei.
(Carl Zeiss Sonnar 2.8/40 mm)

Particulars: Only a few samples of Carl Zeiss made Sonnars were used. Possibly T* coated. Contrary to the Tessar with front lens focusing, all lens groups of the Sonnar are moved when focusing. Black Alloy from 06/1976.

Rollei 35 S Special Edition
Name
Features
Start at № End at № Number Made Produced Lens
Rollei 35 S
- Chrome plated brass,
Silver leatherette, Olive Branches
3,000 by Rollei Singapore 10/1978-07/1979 Sonnar 2.8/40 mm, Rollei-HFT, Made by Rollei.
Rollei 35 S
- Chrome plated brass,
Silver leatherette
5,000 by Rollei Singapore 10/1978-07/1979 Sonnar 2.8/40 mm, Rollei-HFT, Made by Rollei.

Particulars: No camera serial number. Shield on the back for Owner's name. A number of non-original cameras with Silver leatherette are known.

Rollei 35 S Gold Plated 24 Karat
Name
Features
Start at № End at № Number Made Produced Lens
Rollei 35 S
- Gold plated brass, brown leather
0001 1500 1,500 by Rollei Singapore 12/1979-02/1980 Sonnar 2.8/40 mm, Rollei-HFT, Made by Rollei.

Particulars: Shield on the back with Owner's name and special camera serial number.
A number of non-original cameras are known.

Rollei 35 Jubilee Edition samples
Name
Features
Start at № End at № Number Made Produced Lens
Rollei 35
- Black, Silver leatherette, Olive Branches around 50
10 by Rollei Singapore 1979 Schneider S‑Xenar 3.5/40 mm.

Particulars: ‘Rollei 35’ without T! Samples of ‘Jubilee Edition 50’ years of TLRs. Only 10 samples were made. No series production. Sold by lottery to Rollei staff. Shield on the back with Owner's name.

Rollei 35 TE
Name
Features
Start at № End at № Number Made Produced Lens
Rollei 35 TE
- Chrome plated brass
- Black
- Bright Alloy
120,000 by Rollei Singapore 11/1979-09/1981 Tessar 3.5/40 mm, Made by Rollei.

Particulars: Coded serial numbers inside cameras. Lens barrel release at front. External texts mostly printed rather than engraved. Exposure-meter with 3 LEDs in the viewfinder. PX 27 battery. Aperture selector wheel free turning without clicks. From June 1980 lock on aperture wheel. From April 1980 two red marks visible on back when open.
Cameras were for sale until 1983.

Rollei 35 SE
Name
Features
Start at № End at № Number Made Produced Lens
Rollei 35 SE
- Chrome plated brass
- Black
- (Bright Alloy)
150,000 by Rollei Singapore 11/1979-09/1981 Sonnar 2.8/40 mm, Rollei-HFT, Made by Rollei.

Particulars: Bright Alloy top covers in very small numbers. Coded serial numbers inside cameras. Lens barrel release at front. External texts printed rather than engraved on later cameras. Exposure meter with 3 LEDs in the viewfinder. PX 27 battery. Aperture selector wheel free turning without clicks. From June 1980 lock on aperture wheel. From April 1980 two red marks visible on back when open.
Cameras were for sale until 1983.

Literature

Claus Prochnow: Rollei 35 Eine Kamera-Geschichte. Braunschweig, Appelhans, 1998. ISBN 3-930292-10-6.

More special editions to follow.

Notes

[1]
Features are only described to distinguish between cameras from a single production run or in case of special interest. Not all features are listed. Back
[2]
Due to its small size the lens barrel of the Tessar is equipped with two separate distance scales. One is only visible from the top, the other one is only visible from the bottom of the camera. Two versions were made. One had the meter scale on top, the other one had the ft scale on top. See T and S models. The scales read: ‘m 0,9 1 1,2 1,5 2 3 6 ∞’ and ‘feet 3 4 6 10 20 ∞’. Snapshot settings were printed in red. Later cameras had combined scales. Back
[3]
From the Gold Plated Rollei 35 an updated Tessar is used. The Tessar design uses 4 lens elements in 3 groups. The group closest to the film is a cemented doublet. An UV blocking cement was used for kitting the doublet. An external UV filter is no longer necessary. Back
[4]
From the S-Xenar, the Rollei designed shutters were obtained from Copal. Back
[5]
From January 1977 combinated distance scale for meter an feet, with the same numbers as before. At the same time the camera back was slightly changed for better electrical contact. The improved back does not fit earlier cameras.
From December 1979 new number ranges: ‘ft 3 4 6 8 15 ∞’ and ‘m 1 1,5 2 3 6 ∞’. Back
[6]
From January 1977 combinated distance scale for meter an feet, with the same numbers as before. At the same time the camera back was slightly changed for better electrical contact. The improved back does not fit earlier cameras.
From December 1979 new number ranges: ‘ft 3 4 6 8 15 ∞’ and ‘m 1 1,5 2 3 6 ∞’. Back