Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2002/11/16

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Subject: Re: [Leica] OT - Rollei 35
From: Nathan Wajsman <>
Date: Sat, 16 Nov 2002 10:20:19 +0100
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Hi Henry,

I went through several pocketable cameras in the past few years: Ricoh 
GR1, Olympus Mju 2, Leica Minilux, even attempted to carry a IIIf around 
(that is stretching the definition of pocketability), and have finally 
settled on Rollei 35S for that purpose. It is indeed a wonderful little 
camera, and I could not be happier with it. It uses the mercury 
batteries, of which I have a stash, but which are no longer produced, 
but there are solutions to that, either with a conversion, a Criscam 
adapter, or the Wein cells. So that should not hold you back.

As for the different models, I would recommend that you look for one 
with a 2.8 Sonnar, which means S or SE. The Singapore vs. Germany debate 
is just as meaningless as the Leica quarrels about Canada vs. Portugal 
vs. Germany. They are equally good in use, and the only people for whom 
the Made in Germany label is important are the collectors. Do not pay 
collector prices for a camera you want to use.

If you want to see some examples of my Rollei 35 in use, check out my 
London photos:

and also several PAWs I have posted this year that were made with it:


Henry Ting wrote:
> Being a Leica user, I never owned a Rollei 35 and yet
> people who use it, vouch for its small size and the
> quality image it can produce. Can someone
> knowledgeable throw some light on the Rollie 35?
> Apparently there are differences between 35, 35S,
> Tesser, Xenon lens as well as German and Singapore
> manufactured Rolleis.
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Nathan Wajsman
Herrliberg (ZH), Switzerland

mobile: +41 78 732 1430

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