There are opportunities where you want to have a small camera available that you can take with you wherever you want. In my case mainly for skiing, cycling and motorbike tours. There were (and are) out there many competitors in this league, but I don't wanted to accept a degration in picture quality compared to the good old Minolta Rokkor lenses. The solution I found was a Rollei 35SE that was manufactured from 1979. Many others I tested did not come close concerning picture quality!
Rollei 35 SE with its original bag.
For transportations sake the lens is
pushed in (left picture)
A view in the heart of the Rollei 35 SE.
Despite all this the camera in addition has a
good functional CDS exposure meter.
Since 1979 my father and I am the first hand owner of this Rollei 35SE and all over the years it functions perfectly! The lens is a "class of its own" in the league of ultra compact 35mm cameras and the pictures are not distinguishable from the best SLR lenses! The sonnar lens design has a world leading reputation especially concerning contrast. This goal is reached by avoiding some glass air transitions by combining more lenses into groups compared to other common lens designs as gaussian or the planar designs.
The only problem with this camera is that you have to estimate the focus distance! Astonishing a thing you can train yourself very good and the good depth of field of the 40mm also helps to get wonderful sharp pictures.
In my personal tests neither a
The Rollei 35 SE in my opinion has the following advantages: