[rollei_list] Re: Rollei 35S, SE

It depends about the photographer taste too, I love
the Rollei 35 weight and solid construction, I love
the fact it is %100 mechanical, no autofocus, no
automatic film advance.
BTW it has its specific use, at least to me, I find
the focusing system via distance scale and the
hyperfocal DOF works fine except for distances shorter
than 2 metres if you need to use a wide f stop
diminishing the DOF area, for this case the system
loses precision if you are not lucky guessing the
distance, but the Rollei 35 is not a camera for head
portraits or close-up images.-

All the best
Carlos
--- Jerry Friedman <tinycameraco@xxxxxxxxx> escribió:

> I have used the Rollei 35S and SE and found them
> fine
> cameras. But they are not light and convenient to
> use for a
> variety of reasons well known to all. Most
> important, it
> has no rangefinder and the 40mm lens does not really
> compensate for the lack of focus imprecision. 
> 
> If you want a more convenient camera that is much
> lighter
> and somewhat smaller and also has no rangefinder but
> is
> much much cheaper, try a Minox 35 GT or later series
> such
> as the ML.  Same problems and strengths as the
> Rollei but
> for less money and it is lighter and intuitive in
> use. 
> 
> If you want a small package and a good rangefinder,
> look
> for the also very cheap Olympus XA. Again, similar
> quality
> lens, very small and light package and it uses small
> button
> batteries too. Wide open, the lens is not as good as
> the
> Sonnar and probably equiv to the Minoxar. Closed
> down past
> f/8 and there is little difference between the
> cameras. The
> Olympus also has a very fine electronic shutter. And
> it
> closes up inside it own clam shell case. 
> 
> Do not get any of the other Olympus X series cameras
> as
> they do not have the same lens or the rangefinder.
> There is
> an XA4 with a very sharp deeply wide angle micro
> lens but I
> do not believe this is a flexibile camera. 
> 
> The best thing about an Olympus XA is that they are
> sooooo
> available and for soooooo little money. You will buy
> three
> of them for the same price as a Rollei SE.  It is
> polycarbonate and hence not as lovely as the Rollei,
> but if
> you are going to use such a tiny image size and
> would like
> any sort of quality enlaregement, Rollei design
> quality is
> nothing when you can have a rangefinder and as good
> a lens
> as well and all for one third the price. With
> available
> cheap button batteries. 
> 
> But you really have not asked the right question at
> all. If
> you want a small high quality 35mm and price is no
> object,
> there are Contax autofocus cameras that will strip
> the
> paint off of the Rollei 35. They are not costly,
> have
> exceptional lenses and can even close focus to about
> 13
> inches. Indeed, Zeiss has produced a series of
> excellent
> small 35mm cameras with excellent lenses. 
> 
> The Rollei is a landmark camera. It buried half
> frame and
> submniature cameras......over 40 years ago. The
> Rollei TLR
> of that age may still be hard to beat but the Rollei
> 35S or
> SE is not. 
> 
> Jerry Friedman
> 
> 
> 
> --- Carlos Manuel Freaza <cmfreaza@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
> wrote:
> 
> > Last week-end I shot three Kodak Ultra 400
> cartridges
> > with my Rollei 35 (Tessar), it was an excellent
> > traveling companion.I'm using the Cds needle
> coupled
> > lightmeter with the original mercury battery and
> it's
> > very exact,it's 1/3 f stop sensible; it looks like
> you
> > can see minimal light variations with the needle.
> > The seven more recent images in my gallery were
> taken
> > with the Rollei 35 last week-end.
> > 
> > All the best
> > Carlos
> > http://www.flickr.com/photos/itarfoto/  
> > 
> > 
> > --- FG <fuktighet@xxxxxxxxx> escribió:
> > 
> > > Thanks everyone for the quick responses,
> > > 
> > > being myself a Rollei TLR user i also thought
> the S
> > > had the edge in
> > > usability for that same reason.  I'm not too
> keen on
> > > LED readouts
> > > specially through a little viewfinder. I thought
> the
> > > needle on the top
> > > on the camera would serve perfect for street
> work.
> > > 
> > > Eric, I have read many many times Steve's site
> about
> > > the 35 S, but he
> > > is not too encouraging.
> > > 
> > > 
> > > regards,
> > > 
> > > juan
> > > 
> > > 2007/9/25, Per Einar Forberg
> <forberg@xxxxxxxxx>:
> > > > I've owned a variety of the Rollei 35's, and I
> > > really disliked the SE
> > > > (And love the S).
> > > >
> > > > The thing that bothered me the most with the
> SE,
> > > or TE, is that you
> > > > have no control of the
> > > > light metering. There's red LED's telling you
> > > wheter your over or
> > > > under-exposed, and a green led
> > > > telling you when the exposure is correct. (It
> > > might have been a
> > > > combination of red and green led also,
> > > > but I cannot remember anymore). Anyways. I
> found
> > > this system to be
> > > > quite slow, rather than the
> > > > old meter where you see at once how much off
> you
> > > are.
> > > > It also forces you to do your metering whilst
> > > holding the camera to
> > > > your eye, and it's a bit
> > > > clumsy to operate the dials at the same time.
> > > >
> > > > Go for the S, a true gem!
> > > >
> > > > Per Einar Forberg
> > > > Norway
> > > >
> > > >
> > > >
> > > > Den 25. sep. 2007 kl. 15.49 skrev FG:
> > > >
> > > > > Hej everyone,
> > > > >
> > > > > I am interested in getting a Rollei 35 with
> the
> > > famed Sonnar. Which
> > > > > one would you guys recommend? the S or hte
> SE?
> > > > > I am aware that the difference lies on the
> LED
> > > vs. Needle metering
> > > > > system (that's aprox I guess).
> > > > >
> > > > > How much should one pay for such specimen?
> i've
> > > looked around on
> > > > > fleabay and not too many sellers are willing
> to
> > > answer whether the
> > > > > meter does work...or whether the mechanics
> are
> > > ok (some say some
> > > > > speeds are not working well, but that's
> it).it
> > > seems a bit of a hit
> > > > > or miss thing, which reminds me of the days
> when
> > > I was around
> > > > > hunting for some FSU rangefinder gear...and
> I
> 
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