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Editor Ferdi Stutterheim

Rollei 35,1305 Photo F.W. Stutterheim
Photograph of the bottom of Ferdi‘s chrome Rollei 35 camera. The film counter shows an empty film chamber. The bottom distance scale is in ft. The rewind baring is made of black polymer. The lock of the camera back is V-shaped.
Photo © 2020 F.W. Stutterheim.

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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
11/1966-07/1967 Carl Zeiss Tessar 3.5/40 mm
Opton Te 3.5/40 mm
Rollei 352
- Chrome plated brass
- Black
3,000,201 3,311,000 304,000 in Germany by Rollei 08/1967-12/1971 Carl Zeiss Tessar 3.5/40 mm
Opton Te 3.5/40 mm
Rollei 35
- Chrome plated brass
- Black
3,312,0003 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: Due to its small size the lens barrel of the Tessar is equipped with separate distance scales for m and ft. One is visible from the top, the other one is visible from the bottom of the camera. Two versions were made. One had the m scale on top, the other one had the ft scale on top. 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.

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 Tessar 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 Tessar 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.
January 1977: Combinated distance scale for m and ft, 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.
December 1979: New number ranges for the distance scale: ‘ft 3 4 6 8 15 ∞’ and ‘m 1 1,5 2 3 6 ∞’.

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 (Carl Zeiss Sonnar 2.8/40 mm)
Sonnar 2.8/40 mm, Rollei-HFT, Made by Rollei.

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.
January 1977: Combinated distance scale for m an ft, 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.
December 1979: New number ranges for the distance scale: ‘ft 3 4 6 8 15 ∞’ and ‘m 1 1,5 2 3 6 ∞’.

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&rsquo’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 April 1980 two red marks visible on back when open. From June 1980 lock on aperture wheel. 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]
Changes during production:
August 1967: ‘Made in Germany by Rollei’.
March 1968: From #3029230 rewind baring made of black organic polymer. V-shaped lock on camera back.
May 1968: From #3039229 inner gears made of organic polymer.
September 1968: The Tessars can be built with glass of low refractive index. The consequence is hight transmission of UV light that can only be corrected by the use of an UV filter. The filter was not very popular. The Tessar design uses 4 lens elements in 3 groups. The group closest to the film is a cemented doublet. Carl Zeiss added an UV blocking layer to the cement for kitting the doublet. An external UV filter is no longer necessary from #3082000.
End 0f 1970: Finder magnification 0.62, window 12×18 mm, close focusing marks. Back
[3]
According to Claus Prochnow factory numbers are not correct. Production in Singapore began with a much lower serial number. In his book he printed a picture of a box with camera #3239707, ‘Made by Rollei Singapore’. Back
[4]
From the S-Xenar, the Rollei designed shutters were obtained from Copal. Cameras equipped with S-Xenar lenses were sold only in Eastern Europe, Italy and the U.S.A. Back