Rolleiflex SL35

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Rolleiflex SL35
Rolleiflex SL35M img 1871.jpg
Rolleiflex SL35 M
Type 35mm single-lens reflex camera
Focus manual
Exposure TTL exposure
Flash hot shoe

The Rolleiflex SL35 is a range of SLR cameras from the German camera maker, Rollei. This range of camera uses 35mm film. The camera bodies were initially made in Germany, and later, Singapore.

History[edit]

The Rolleiflex SL35 was the first 35mm SLR produced by Rollei, in 1970. The SL35 is in fact a whole range of 35mm SLR cameras, that were developed and built from the 1970s until the 1990s.

The first camera in the range, was the SL35, and compared to its competitors at that time, it was relatively small and light. The Rolleiflex SL35 was the second Rollei SLR camera to be equipped with Carl Zeiss lenses, after the SL66 of 1966.

4 years later in 1974, Rollei was to produce the Rolleiflex SL350. The Rolleiflex SL350 had open-aperture metering, an improvement over the Rolleiflex SL35, which was built with a stop down light meter.

In 1976, Rollei was to produce a new variant, the SL35M. The SL35M was built on a visibly different body based on an earlier Icarex design, but otherwise, offered nothing technologically radical.

At the same time, a variant of the SL35M, the SL35ME was also released. Built on the same body, the SL35ME had electronic shutter control inside, and could set shutter speeds automatically. The viewfinder also came with a whole range of indicators, including aperture, shutter speed amongst others.

2 years later, in 1978, the SL35 E was introduced. It had all the functions of the SL35ME, but came in a lighter package.

Lenses[edit]

A whole range of lens were made for the SL35 series, and the lens were interchangeable between the camera bodies in the series. Most of the lenses were German made Carl Zeiss lenses, but apart from the Carl Zeiss lenses, the SL35 range also used the Schneider lens, the Rollei lens and the Rolleinar lens.[citation needed]

Carl Zeiss[edit]

  • 15/3.5 Distagon
  • 16/2.8 F-Distagon, fisheye
  • 18/4 Distagon
  • 25/2.8 Distagon = Color-Skoparex
  • 28/2 Distagon
  • 35/1.4 Distagon
  • 35/2.8 Distagon = Color-Skoparex
  • 50/1.4 Planar
  • 50/1.8 Planar = Color-Ultron
  • 60/2.8 Macro-Planar
  • 85/1.4 Planar
  • 85/2.8 Sonnar = Color-Dynarex
  • 135/2.8 Sonnar = Color-Dynarex
  • 135/4 Tele-Tessar = Color-Dynarex
  • 200/4 Tele-Tessar = Color-Dynarex
  • 500/4.5 Mirotar, mirror lens
  • 1000/5.6 Mirotar, mirror lens
  • 1000/8 Tele-Tessar

Schneider lens[edit]

  • 35/2.8 Angulon
  • 50/1.8 Xenon
  • 135/3.5 Tele-Xenar
  • 35/2.8 PC-Curtagon, special shift lens
  • 28/2.8 PC-Super Angulon, special shift lens

Rolleinar[edit]

  • 14/3.5 Fisheye
  • 21/4
  • 28/2.8
  • 35/2.8
  • 50/2
  • 50/3.5 Macro
  • 55/1.4
  • 85/2.8
  • 105/2.8
  • 105/2.8 Macro
  • 135/2.8
  • 200/3.5
  • 400/5.6
  • 500/8 Reflex, mirror lens
  • 28-80/3.5-4.5
  • 28-85/4
  • 28-105/3.2-4.5
  • 35-105/3.5
  • 35-105/3.5-4.3
  • 50-250/4-5.6
  • 70-210/3.5-4.5
  • 80-200/2.8
  • 80-200/4
  • 2x converter

Cameras[edit]

SL35[edit]

  • Production dates: 1970-1976
  • Shutter Type: Focal Plane rubber cloth curtain
  • Shutter Speeds: 1 - 1/1000s, B
  • Variants:
    • Chrome, made in Germany
    • Black, made in Germany
    • Chrome, made in Singapore
    • Black, made in Singapore

SL350[edit]

  • Production dates: 1974-
  • Shutter Type: Focal Plane rubber cloth curtain
  • Shutter Speeds: 1 - 1/1000s, B
  • Variants:
    • Black, made in Germany
    • Chrome, made in Germany
    • Chrome, made in Singapore
    • Black, made in Singapore

SL35M[edit]

  • Production dates: 1976-1980
  • Shutter Type: Focal Plane
  • Shutter Speeds: 1/2- 1/1000s, B
  • Variants:
    • Black, made in Singapore

SL35ME[edit]

  • Production dates: 1976-1980
  • Shutter Type: Focal Plane rubber cloth curtain
  • Shutter Speeds: 4 - 1/1000s (auto), 1/30 - 1/1000s (auto), B
  • Variants:
    • Black, made in Singapore

SL35 E[edit]

  • Production dates: 1978-1982
  • Shutter Type: Focal Plane vertical metal plates
  • Shutter Speeds: 16 - 1/1000s, B
  • Variants:
    • Black, made in Singapore
    • Chrome, made in Singapore