Originally Posted by Wetzlarfan
I believe (rightly or not) that it makes a great deal of difference as to whether the lens was made in Germany or SE Asia. The German made ones command a premium - if the buyer knows this.
All lenses ever fitted on any Rollei 35 were made in Germany.
The camera bodies were assembled
in Singapore from 1972 to end of production (but for the "Classic" collectors reissues).
The 35 SE has both the most interesting light meter of all the series, and the best lens (the Sonnar 40/2.8 HFT). Not only the best lens of all the Rollei 35's series, but the best lens ever fitted in a camera this size.
That said, several parameters have to be counted in. The Rollei 35's (but for the 35 version fitted with a rare S-Xenar 40/3.5 Schneider lens) are not seldom found for sale, and many people now consider a good capable digital compact camera as for their daily companion.
$200, with a 10% bonus if the camera condition is really
over the top.
As for "Singapore" Rollei 35's being inferior in quality to "Germany" ones : it's a hoax.