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  1. Introduction
  2. Film Magazines for the SL 66
  3. Film Magazines intended for the SL 66 E and X
  4. Film Magazines intended for the SL 66 X and SE
  5. Notes

Introduction

Magazine

The Rollei factory distinguished between ‘Magazin’ and ‘Rückwand’. The magazine is capable of film change in mid-roll and the simple back lacks this feature so the roll has to be finished before another one can be loaded. For the SL 66 line only film magazines are available.

Features

Just like the SL 66 camera itself, the magazines are complex instruments. They can accept both 120 and 220 size roll film. They have the Rollei film feeler mechanism for automatic film transport by knob to frame 1. A crank is used for film transport from frame 1 to the last frame. When the last frame is exposed and the transport swing is made, the magazine knob pops out and the film can be fully wound.

Considerations when changing the magzine

Unmounting the magazine

Mounting the magazine

Later improvements

Early magazines have inserts that bare the serial numbers on the sides between the film chambers. Later magazines have inserts with serial numbers on the grips. They are clearly visible and can easily be checked against the numbers on the insides of the magazine doors.

Early magazines can be opened by sliding the lock mechanism sideway. Later magazines have a safety catch. The slider has to be moved slightly backward and only then it can be moved sideway.

In 1986 the film feeler mechanism was dropped. Rollei had always been the only producer of medium format cameras to offer this mechanism since 1937. It needed roll film to be standardised in thickness at the point of the the adhesive tape that fixes the film to the backing paper. In the Eighties film became available that no longer complied, causing the mechanism to fail. At the same time separate magazines were introduced for 120 and 220 sizes film. The film inserts became interchangeable but only with other unnumbered inserts.

Film loading

The procedure of film loading is:

Film unloading

The procedure of film unloading is:

Unloading and loading a SL 66 magazine on Youtube.

Two remarks. Near the end of the film the maker shows how the magazine can be unmounted. What he does not show is that the dark slide has to be inserted first. He does not have to, the dark slide is already in place from the start. In my view there is no point in leaving the dark slide in. It is safer to pull it right after mounting the magazine. The magazine is securily locked to the body that way. The film shows an early insert with the serial number on the side.

Film Magazines

First Type: Film Magazines for Rolleiflex SL 66
Magazine Produced Number1 Appearance Features
Standard 6x6 cm October 1966 - March 1986 26,000 Chrome, black leather Switch between 12 or 24 exp.
Transport knob. Film feeler mechanism with
knob transport to frame 1 and from last frame to end.
Crank transport from frame 1 to last frame.
Sequential serial numbers on magazines and
inserts. From 1982 coded serial numbers on
magazines and inserts2.
Landscape 4.5x6 cm October 1966 - March 1986 Chrome, black leather Switch between 16 or 32 exp.
Transport knob. Film feeler mechanism with
knob transport to frame 1 and from last frame to end.
Crank transport from frame 1 to last frame.
Sequential serial numbers on magazines and
inserts. From 1982 coded serial numbers on
magazines and inserts.
Portrait 6x4.5 cm October 1972 - March 1978 Chrome, black leather Switch between 12 or 24 exp.
Transport knob. Film feeler mechanism with
knob transport to frame 1 and from last frame to end.
Crank transport from frame 1 to last frame.
Sequential serial numbers on magazines and
inserts. From 1982 coded serial numbers on
magazines and inserts.

Common Features: Separately sold magazines had a protective back shield. 4.5x6 cm magazines were supplied with finder masks. All magazines fit all SL 66 line cameras, although this type of magazine is not fit for exposure metering even if the camera is equipped with an exposure meter.

Second Type: Film Magazines intended for Rolleiflex SL 66 E and SL 66 X
Magazine Produced Number Appearance Features
Standard 6x6 cm October 1982 - September 1986 2,200 Black Switch between 12 or 24 exp.
Transport knob. Film feeler mechanism with
knob transport to frame 1 and from last frame to end.
Crank transport from frame 1 to last frame.
Coded serial numbers on magazines and inserts3.
Film sensitivity 25 - 6400 ASA/ISO
Landscape 4.5x6 cm October 1982 - September 1986 Black Switch between 16 or 32 exp.
Transport knob. Film feeler mechanism with
knob transport to frame 1 and from last frame to end.
Crank transport from frame 1 to last frame.
Coded serial numbers on magazines and inserts.
Film sensitivity 25 - 6400 ASA/ISO

Common Features: Separately sold magazines had a protective back shield. 4.5x6 cm magazines were supplied with finder masks. All magazines fit all SL 66 line cameras, this type of magazine is fit for exposure metering on suitable cameras. The original SL 66 has no exposure meter.

Third Type: Film Magazines intended for Rolleiflex SL 66 X and SL 66 SE
Magazine Produced Number Appearance Features
Standard 120/6x6 cm October 1986 - early 1993 3,100 Black Roll film 120.
No film feeler mechanism, film to be aligned with mark,
small crank on magazine for transport to frame 1 and
from 12 to end.
Transport from frame 1 to 12 with crank on body.
Coded serial numbers on magazines.
Interchangeable insert4 without number.
Film sensitivity 25 - 6400 ASA/ISO
Standard 220/6x6 cm October 1986 - early 1993 Black Roll film 220.
No film feeler mechanism, film to be aligned with mark,
small crank on magazine for transport to frame 1 and
from 24 to end.
Transport from frame 1 to 24 with crank on body.
Coded serial numbers on magazines.
Interchangeable insert without number.
Film sensitivity 25 - 6400 ASA/ISO
Landscape 120/4.5x6 cm October 1986 - early 1993 Black Roll film 120.
No film feeler mechanism, film to be aligned with mark,
small crank on magazine for transport to frame 1 and
from 16 to end.
Transport from frame 1 to 16 with crank on body.
Coded serial numbers on magazines.
Interchangeable insert without number.
Film sensitivity 25 - 6400 ASA/ISO
Landscape 220/4.5x6 cm October 1986 - early 1993 Black Roll film 220.
No film feeler mechanism, film to be aligned with mark,
small crank on magazine for transport to frame 1 and
from 32 to end.
Transport from frame 1 to 32 with crank on body.
Coded serial numbers on magazines.
Interchangeable insert without number.
Film sensitivity 25 - 6400 ASA/ISO

Common Features: Separately sold magazines had a protective back shield. 4.5x6 cm magazines were supplied with finder masks. All magazines fit all SL 66 line of cameras, this type of magazine is fit for exposure metering on suitable cameras. The original SL 66 has no exposure meter.

Notes

[1]
The cameras of the SL 66 line were usually sold with a film magazine. The figure represents the total number of all separately sold magazines in this group. Back
[2]
The inserts of this first type of magazines are not interchangeable. Magazine and insert should bare the same serial number. Back
[3]
The inserts of this second type of magazines are not interchangeable. Magazine and insert should bare the same serial number. Back
[4]
The inserts of this third type of magazines are interchangeable within this group. The inserts bare no serial numbers. Back