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While Rollei 35 launched in 1966 made a great seller, other camera manufacturers, followed its success, introduced compact 35mm cameras which were far cheaper than Rollei 35, and some of them were at about a half-price of Rollei 35.
Under those circumstances, Rollei developed Rollei B35 - an intermediate version of Rollei 35 in 1969.
Listed belows are major differences between Rollei 35 and B35.
Although Rollei B35 is a kind of a downgrade version, we can find several attractive points that the camera body was lightened about 100 g from 370 g to 265 g because the material of the body was changed from metal to plastic, and the battery is not needed for exposure meter on Rollei B35.
- Built-in meter was changed from Cds meter to Selenium meter.
- Slowest shutter speed was changed from 1/2 to 1/30 sec.
- Aperture & shutter dial's positions were changed.
- Lens was changed from Tessar (& Xenar on later model) to Triotar.
Well then, let's take a look at it.
- First introduced in 1969.
- Camera type : 35mm leaf-shutter camera
- Picture size : 24 x 36mm
- Lens : Carl-Zeiss Triotar 40mm f/3.5 (three groups, three elements)
- Shutter : Rollei Prontar
- Shutter speeds : B, 1/30 to 1/500 sec.
- Viewfinder : reversed Galilean finder
- Finder magnification : 0.7x
- Focusing : visual distance estimation
- Closest focusing distance : 0.9m
- Exposure meter : matching needle type celenium meter
- Film speed range : ISO 25 to 1600 (EV 8 to 18)
- Flash sync contact : no built-in sync provided.
- Accessory shoe : built on camera bottom
- Film winding : by film wind lever
- Rewinding : by rewind crank with R-button
- Frame counter : automatic resetting type frame counter
- Body dimensions : 97 x 32 x 58mm
- Body weight : 265 g.
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