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Scale Focus 35's Though not rangefinders, scale focus 35's are 1st cousins. This forum includes such popular gems as the Rollei 35's, Petri 35's, and the Olympus XA-4.

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Old 01-08-2014   #201
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It would be helpful to know what model you own!
Generally.
After inserting the battery you have to change aperture and speed until the two needles in the little window in the top of the camera are in the same position.
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Old 01-09-2014   #202
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I know how set right expozition ), my passion was set expozimeter to right messuring. My model is Rollei 35S.
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Can you help me? There under cover are two pots by batery. Can you sad me its functions for exposimeter, or exposimeter adjustment description.
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I'm pretty sure you are talking of the two trim pots to adjust the meter and which are under the top cover.

So : the pot on the rear of the camera is for low light ; the pot on the side of the camera is for bright light.

By carefully trimming the two pots clockwise you can very easily adjust the meter so that it takes 1.5V 625U batteries and gives an excellent response through the entire EV range. By doing this you get rid of the now impossible to find 625PX 1.35V batteries problem.

For testing your adjustments you need to put the top cover back in place.

Tip : try to write in a reasonably correct and easy to understand English, and you'll get more help down here. As for myself, I'm no native English speaker for instance.
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Highway61, thank you!
hidejoshi, sorry that I missed your point:-)
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So : the pot on the rear of the camera is for low light ; the pot on the side of the camera is for bright light.
Thanks for that Nicolas! I was wondering which was which

I would also add that because the pots are quite fragile and old and thus prone to failing (information I heard from a Rollei 35 specialist), its probably a good idea to adjust the pots in small increments.
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I made adapter to use SR44 batery. Thank you boys.
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I would also add that because the pots are quite fragile and old and thus prone to failing (information I heard from a Rollei 35 specialist), its probably a good idea to adjust the pots in small increments.
Yes they are. Actually they get brittle over time and quite often, a totally dead meter is due to these pots having become dry and more than dead themselves. The same with a meter showing a jumping needle.

I do confirm that only a few angles increment adjusting is necessary. Basically you need to see the white needle position being changed for very little in either low light or bright light so that your meter is adjusted for 1.5V batteries.

Identical trim pots are easy to find in any electronics shop, like Radio Shack or so. I have bought some on eBay myself. A few $ will buy you 30 pots - enough to fix your whole Rollei 35 collection, Jon !

Replacing them is very easy, you just need a soldering iron, and new wires (recommended).
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I have got my issue of your book, albeit a digital version as I am in Costa Rica!

My Rollei 35S didn't last for a year, it was deemed un-repairable by Krimar Photoshop. He discovered at least three issues pinpointing to unseen maladies:

1. A screw cut inside the lens, he can fix this,
2. The shutter mechanism is "all wrong", he has no parts for this,
3. A plastic part that comes with the camera that is damaged,

So my favorite R35S is on its way to Mr. Fleenor in CA for a second and last opinion.

She has covered more miles in the USA than myself!
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Old 09-04-2014   #209
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I´m moving my Rollei 35 blog to tumblr!
The project is still alive, the roll count is at 325!
I shot with two Rollei 35 in my holidays this year, a 35S for BW and a 35 (Tessar) for CN.
Here are some of the BW pictures, color will follow.







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Old 09-04-2014   #210
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I'll join the Tumblr followers of the Rollei Master. Compelling and challenging images as always!
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Old 09-04-2014   #211
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Thank you! After fiddling around with many digital and film cameras I found the way back to the Rollei 35 and it is great!
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So it´s five years today that I started my Rollei 35/Polypan F project.
The goal of using the Rollei exclusively for one year wasn´t reached, but the Rollei is still the camera to calm my mind whenever I struggle with gear. So forward to the next five years! Unfortunately the Polypan F seems to have disappeared from the scene, but I´m sure I´ll find another film;-)

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Five years already. Tempus fugit!
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Old 08-15-2015   #214
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Yes, it really does!

Today my Rollei 35 project is featured in the blog of Inspired Eye magazine:
http://www.theinspiredeye.net/the-rollei-35-project/

Thanks to Olivier Duong for this!
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Really lovely, Petronius! Congratulations.

It's funny that for me, Rollei 35 would probably raise my blood pressure with its quirky controls
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Old 08-15-2015   #216
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Thank you shadowfox!
The quirkyness of the Rollei´s controls is a myth that wanders through the photo forums since 100 B.C.! I hoped that would lower the prices, but nope;-)

Jokes aside, sometimes I try to advance the film with my left hand when using another camera; it feels weird when there is no lever!
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You have inspired me with this little camera. I have a black 35 3.5 and silver 35S 2.8. You are absolutely right they can make you feel free from the techno world. Simple and wonderful results.

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Old 08-15-2015   #218
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Hi Petronius,

are you still using Polypan and is it on sale again?

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Old 08-16-2015   #219
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Requin, I´m using the rest of my last Polypan purchase from years ago. The main german distributor, lumiere-shop, told me that they will not get any more Polypan F. Searching the web brought only respooled and overpriced short rolls or cartridges.
I have ca. 30 rolls until the end. There are other film brands out there, but if this is really the end of Polypan, this won´t be easy for me.
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Great camera, great photos, great thread, great interview...wow so many interesting great things all in one place
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Yes, I discovered the Inspired Eye feature on Zeno earlier today and bookmarked it. Glad to see it! Share the news.
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Thank you, Robert and Robert!

My film photography is nearly dead since some months and those of you who had fun with my Rollei 35 project may like my new blog, dedicated to the lovely Ricoh GRD 3.
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Old 10-30-2016   #223
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Yesterday I bought my fifth Rollei 35, a made in Germany model.
I visited a photo fair and watched a guy who tried to sell a Voigtländer Vito to a dealer, who was not interested, Then he pulled a Rollei 35 out of his bag and offered it, but having some damaged corners on the top plate the dealer wasn´t really pleased. When I showed interest in the camera, the dealer stepped back and I made the deal with the guy. He told me he had bought the camera in 1969 when he was working abroad and that he wanted to sell it, because he went digital two years ago. With the exception of the usual dents on the top corners the camera is in very good condition, with working speeds and a very clean lens. It came with an original Rollei R1,5 filter and a soft pouch; I payed 20 Euro for it.
At home, reading about this special model I realised, that fifty years ago, on Photokina 1966 the Rollei 35 was introduced to the camera market!
Congratulations!
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Just wanted to say that this thread, the whole project and the quality and consistency of your work were very inspirational to me. Thanks for your sharing. I have often wondered about a Rollei 35 and now I might just get one as I like to scale focus manual cameras anyway. I also tried to do a 'one camera, one lens, one year (and one film!)' project but like you I could never quite make the full year :-) Still, you did several years of adding to the project bit by bit which has still been very impressive to so many of us. I did get about eight months in with an M6 and a 35 lux but that was the best I could ever manage, I'm too much of a gear head I guess. Your work is really so good, I love how you see the world.
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Thank you for your encouraging words! Don´t press yourself too hard to a project. After all we´re amateurs - we should love to shoot.
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Wise words indeed!
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From roll 384; Tessar (made in Germany)
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Roll #400 finished. (35S, Maco PTC 400)



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This is tremendous stuff! I have my Rollei 35T with me everywhere...any tips on scale focus...I am not so much worried about the light meter (which doesn't work anymore)...scale focus??? troubling for a rookie what to look for? and how to do correctly with these cameras? Thanks for the inspiration. Mark
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Thank you for your nice comment!
In scale focusing nothing beats practice.
If it comes close, it´s useful to know the length of your arm so you can use it as a measuring device. Visualizing the length of your steps is also helpful.
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Lovely images, intriguing and mysterious - you have a great photographic eye - keep shooting! =)
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400! Congrats. Love your work and admire your commitment. I find roll 396 especially appealing.

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Scale focusing

Nice commitment here and many cool images -in this group particularly from 384, the window set in dark siding

I agree that scale focusing takes practice and knowing the length of one's arm is good. With my arm, I am at about 2 feet so I approximate double that when I take a pic of a subject (as in portrait and bracket for distances +/- 4ft. Also if it is important, stop down to f4 and most of all, be patient. When you nail the focus close-in it can be really nice!
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I love Rollei 35s. I took a Rollei 35 (Singapore) with me on vacation to Maine. Kodak 400 Max:

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You know, I'm a huge GRD III fan, but the images on your GRD III blog just don't have the same visual snap as the Rollei 35 images. Very cool that the new/old Rollei you bought was 50 years old!

How long would it take you to shoot one roll on the Rollei? Do you find your methods and regularity of shooting are different with the GRD III?
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I´m a GRD III fan too, but in the last months I realized, that the Rollei is the camera I will stick to. The GRD blog is close to closing.
The time to shoot one roll in the Rollei is dependent on my mood and the circumstances. I carry it almost everywhere, but sometimes other cameras are more interesting. Some rolls in my blog were finished within an hour, some were finished in 4 weeks.
The shooting with the Rollei is very different from the GRD. I shoot way too many frames in the GRD and have to edit strictly. With the Rollei I use my brain more often and have to edit much less; that´s the reason why the Rollei way is a more pleasing one. I even think that shooting the Rollei in the last years has improved my film photography (even my SLR images look like the Rollei pictures now).
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Excellent work! Diverging a little, I noticed that you (used) to use Agfa optima Sensor cameras. How did they compare to the Rollei 35? Both have 40mm lenses, both (apart from the 1535) are scale focus. Both have metal bodies (Agfa metal coated w/ plastic). Agfa is AE only, Rollei is manual exposure only.
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Huss, thank you for your kind words!
I started with the Agfa Optima 335 Sensor in 1992, when I used it as my only camera during the vacation, shooting slide film and I was very pleased by the outcome. Later I purchased the 1035 and the 1535. I use the 1535 occasionally and I like the finder most: bright, clear and a very good rangefinder patch.
The camera´s feel is not like the Rollei. All external controls are plastic, but that´s a sign of the production time. (The Agfa Optima sensor line was designed by Schlagheck Design, who also designed the famous red Sensor shutter release button that is in the Agfa Logo today. BTW the "sensor" is simply a normal release button with a red foil over it)
The scale focus models have an even brighter and bigger finder (1:1). The distance ring feels a little bit plasticky. The shutter sound is similar to the Rollei 35, the advance lever sound too. The rewind process by using the advance lever makes much more noise than a regular rewind crank, but I always loved the tricky reduction of parts. It´s a strong contrast to the dial-and-button-filled body of the Rollei. In my hands the Optima sensor series feels very comfortable. The lack of aperture control is no problem for my way of shooting. I have a strong affinity to odd camera constructions.
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Thanks for the reply Petronius! The Rollei is gorgeous and you show what it is capable of. But I just opted for a 1535 (on it's way to me..) as I do not trust my focus estimation abilities! I'm ok with a 35mm lens and wider (using Nikonos, Leica MD-A or 1g cameras) but still not that good at it. You don't seem to have any issues!


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