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  1. Introduction
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  3. Notes

Introduction

The SL 66 line of cameras and their lenses were made from 1966 until 1992. In this timespan we can distinguish three versions of each lens. Distinguishing elements are producer, lens coating and lens mount.

Carl Zeiss lenses (1966 - 1974)

All lenses of the first group were made by Carl Zeiss at Oberkochen, (West-)Germany from 1966 until 1974. The lenses are Zeiss single-coated and can be recognized by the chrome aperture ring. Engravings are close to the front lens until 1973. Most lenses have an automatic iris diaphragm. The aperture closes down to the set value only after releasing the shutter. The exposure meter of an SL 66 E or SE camera cannot be used when a lens of this group is mounted. Flash-metering with the SL 66 X is possible.

HFT coated lenses made by Carl Zeiss (1972 - 1974) or ‘Made by Rollei’ (1972 - 1982)

Zeiss began delivering multi-coated lenses for the Rolleiflex SL 66 from 1972. They are labeled HFT. Rollei took over production of the 50, 80, 150 and 250 mm lenses in 1974. Those lenses are labeled ‘Made by Rollei’ and HFT. They also have the automatic iris diaphragm and the chrome aperture ring. Engravings are near the bayonet mount from 1974. The other, more complex, lenses were still made by Zeiss at the Oberkochen plant. The exposure meter of an SL 66 E or SE camera cannot be used when a lens of this group is mounted. Flash-metering with the SL 66 X is possible.

HFT coated lenses with Open-aperture-metering ‘Made by Rollei’ (1982 - 1992)

Lenses had to be upgraded to work with the exposure meter of the SL 66 E in 1982. The lenses have diaphragms fit for open-aperture-metering. The set aperture is mechanically communicated to the camera body. This group of lenses can be recognised by the black aperture ring. The 500 mm and both 1000 mm lenses were not offered in this version.

Lenses

Lenses for the Rolleiflex SL 66 line
Lens Type
Particulars
Lens
Elements
Diagonal
angle (°)
Horizontal
angle (°)
Filter Mount
F-Distagon 3.5/30 mm Super Wide Angle, Fish eye 8 180 110 M 25 x 0.5
Distagon 4/40 mm Super Wide Angle 10 88 69 Bayonet VIII
Distagon 4/40 mm Super Wide Angle with Floating Elements,
outstanding correction
11 88 69 Adaptor needed
Distagon 4/50 mm Compact Wide Angle,
remarkably good correction
7 75 57 Bayonet VI
Distagon 3.5/60 mm Compact Moderate Wide Angle,
alternative standard lens
7 67 Bayonet VI
PCS-Rolleigon 4.5/75 mm Shift lens with extended image circle 11 62 Bayonet VIII
Planar 2.8/80 mm Normal Angle, exceptionally good correction,
extreme sharpness, good image flatness
7 52 38 Bayonet VI
Distagon 4/80 mm Normal Angle, with leaf shutter for flash photography,
retro‑focus construction to acommodate shutter
5 52 38 Bayonet VI
S-Planar 5.6/120 mm
Makro‑Planar 5.6/120 mm
Macro lens, optimal correction at 1:8 8 36 26 Bayonet VI
Makro-Planar 4/120 mm Macro lens, opened up to f/4, same size,
same optical quality
8 36 26 Bayonet VI
Sonnar 4/150 mm Short tele-lens for portraits etc. 5 29 21 Bayonet VI
Sonnar 4/150 mm Short tele-lens with leaf shutter,
X and M sync down to 1/500 s.
5 29 21 Bayonet VI
Sonnar 5.6/250 mm Classic tele lens, long distance images 4 18 13 Bayonet VI
Tele-Tessar 5.6/500 mm Tele lens, long distance images 6 9 6 M 95 x 1
Tele-Tessar 8/1000 mm Tele lens, long distance images,
tube can be dismantled to insert filter.
4 4.5 3 Bayonet VI
Mirotar 5.6/1000 mm Mirror lens, larger aperture, compact,
highest possible image quality.
5 4.5 3 Built-in revolving filters.
Luminar 2.5/16 mm Special macro lens
Adaptor with microscope thread.
5
Luminar 3.5/25 mm Special macro lens
Adaptor with microscope thread.
4
Luminar 4.5/40 mm Special macro lens
Adaptor with microscope thread.
3
Luminar 4.5/63 mm Special macro lens
Adaptor with microscope thread.
3
Luminar 6.3/100 mm Special macro lens
Special adaptor
3