Rolleiflex SL35M with Rollei Planar 50mm f/1.8. The real gem of superb German optics and photo equipment!


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Rolleiflex SL35M with Rollei Planar 50mm f/ 1.8

The Rolleiflex SL35M is a 35mm SLR camera launched by Rollei in 1976.

Rollei SL35M represents an extraordinary marriage of function and design. The SL35M delivers superior 35mm photographs and its design is committed to that goal. It is equipped an easy-to-use match, needle metering system and viewfinder enabling full access to information pertinent to taking great photos. The focal plane shutter is adjustable to 1/1000 sec allowing you to freeze even fast moving subjects. It incorporates depth-of-field preview, self-timer, a frame counter that counts both forward and reverse, provision for synchronization with both electronic and conventional flash, and easy load take-up spool. This camera presents superb engineering in an SLR form. It is compatible with films ranging in speed from 25 to 3200 ASA and Rollei bayonet interchangeable lenses.

Rollei Planar 50mm f/ 1.8

The Rollei Planar 50mm f / 1.8 is a normal fast prime lens for Rollei 35mm SLR cameras.

An exact copy of the lens Carl Zeiss Planar 50 / 1.8. Under a license agreement, it was produced at Rollei's plants in Braunschweig and Singapore. In mid-1974 it was replaced by the Rollei HFT Planar 50 / 1.8 with multi-layer enlightenment.

Available in the QBM I modification with an A / M aperture mode switch.

Format: 35mm SLR
Type: Fixed focal length (fixed)
Focusing: Manual Focus (MF)
System: Rollei 35mm
Started production: 1972
Year of completion: 1974
Optical design: 7 elements in 6 groups


Focal length 50mm
Max. aperture f/1.8
Min. aperture f/16
Blades 6
Min. Focus (m.) 0.45
Filter Ø (mm.) 49
Weight (gr) 190
Length (mm) 47

The lens is excellent product of superb German optics and there is simply nothing to complain about.
Great halftone rendering, and this it is second only to the older brother 50 / 1.4.
In fact, this is most likely the best lens for this camera in the aggregate of all qualities. You can always use it practically without changing to any other lenses, except in special cases.

The lens does any plot better than in reality. People are prettier, animals are more fluffy, the air is more transparent. Everything is very natural, but a little better than in life.

For many people it is a cultural shock when they look at the first pictures taken with this glass. Not many lenses are capable of transmitting color, plasticity, and the character of a person in such way in such shooting conditions. It seems that you are looking not at the monitor at the digitized image, but into the eyes of a living person in front of you. It was as if there were no lenses, matrices, or monitors between him and you. Planar 1.8 / 50 perfectly draws the color, the lens really blooms in soft light.

The camera is in very good condition and ready to take pictures

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