Rolleiflex SL35 lenses

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The Rolleiflex SL35 manufactured by Rollei introduced yet another bayonet mount when launched in 1970. This bayonet mount was used on all Rollei's 35mm SLRs, and on most of the Voigtländer VSL models. It is sometimes called QBM for Quick Bayonet Mount.

There were three versions of the lens mount. The first lenses for the SL35 had only one pin for the automatic diaphragm preselection. With the introduction of the SL350, a new cam was added to transmit the selected aperture to the body for the open-aperture metering. Later, with the introduction of the SL2000F and SL3003, another cam was added to permit the display of the aperture in the viewfinder. The older lenses can mount on the newer bodies, but they do not activate the new features. The older bodies can accept the newer lenses transparently.

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Zeiss

The lenses produced in that mount were mostly from Carl Zeiss and were of high quality. Some of these lenses had begun their career as Contarex lenses, and most of the range was to be recycled as Contax/Yashica lenses. Some of the Zeiss lenses were sold under the Voigtländer name to go with the VSL range.

There were two variations of the barrel, the older lenses (one-pin and two-pin lenses) had an all metal finish on the focusing ring, the later ones (two-pin and three-pin lenses) had a rubberized focusing ring. The Voigtländer name variant only existed with two pins, in the old finish. At some point Zeiss introduced the HFT multicoating in all the lens range.

Lens Voigtländer name Lens construction Number produced Other versions
15mm f3.5 Distagon 11 elements in 9 groups 105 (Thiele)
16mm f2.8 F-Distagon (fisheye) 10 elements in 9 groups 4510 (Thiele) Contax RTS, Contarex
18mm f4.0 Distagon 10 elements in 9 groups 1290 (Thiele) Contax RTS
25mm f2.8 Distagon Color-Skoparex 8 elements in 7 groups 5050 (Thiele) Contax RTS, Contarex
28mm f2 Distagon 9 elements in 8 groups 892 (Thiele) Contax RTS
35mm f1.4 Planar 9 elements in 8 groups 5224 (Thiele) Contax RTS (with one aspherical element)
35mm f2.8 Distagon Colar-Skoparex 5 elements in 5 groups 15.000 (Thiele)
50mm f1.4 Planar 7 elements in 6 groups 32.980 (Thiele) Contax RTS
50mm f1.8 Planar Color-Ultron 7 elements in 6 groups 42.000 (Thiele) Contax RTS
60mm f2.8 Macro-Planar 6 elements in 4 groups 1464 (Thiele) Contax RTS
85mm f1.4 Planar 6 elements in 5 groups 6368 (Thiele) Contax RTS
85mm f2.8 Sonnar Color-Dynarex 4 elements in 4 groups 10.000 (Thiele)
135mm f2.8 Sonnar (built-in lens hood) 4 elements in 4 groups
135mm f4 Tele-Tessar Color-Dynarex 4 elements in 4 groups 7000 (Thiele)
200mm f4 Tele-Tessar (built-in lens hood) Color-Dynarex 6 elements in 5 groups 5000 (Thiele)
500mm f4.5 Mirotar (mirror lens)
1000mm f5.6 Mirotar (mirror lens)
1000mm f8 Tele-Tessar

Schneider

At the beginning of the SL35 career, a limited range of lenses were made by Schneider. These lenses only existed in one-pin version, and they have a finish quite similar to the first Zeiss lenses.

  • 35/2.8 SL-Angulon
  • 50/1.4 SL-Xenon (prototype only)[1]
  • 50/1.8 SL-Xenon
  • 135/3.5 SL-Tele-Xenar

It seems that at least two of the Schneider M42 lenses (type IIIb) were made in very limited numbers in QBM mount:[2]

  • 35/2.8 Curtagon
  • 50/1.9 Xenon

Later, Schneider also manufactured two special perspective control shift lenses. They have no diaphragm automation, and have their own finish.

  • 28/2.8 PC-Super Angulon, special shift lens
  • 35/4 PC-Curtagon, special shift lens

Rolleinar

A more economical range called Rolleinar was manufactured mostly by Mamiya and were mostly of reputable quality too. They were also sold under the Voigtländer name, with AR indicating a Rolleinar origin.

Prime lenses

  • 14/3.5 (fisheye) F-Rolleinar = Color-F-Skoparex AR
  • 21/4 Rolleinar = Color-Skoparex AR
  • 28/2.8 Rolleinar = Color-Skoparex AR
  • 35/2.8 Rolleinar = Color-Skoparex AR
  • 50/2 Rolleinar
  • 50/3.5 Rolleinar Macro
  • 55/1.4 Rolleinar = Color-Ultron AR
  • 85/2.8 Rolleinar = Color-Dynarex AR
  • 105/2.8 Rolleinar = Color-Dynarex AR
  • 105/2.8 Rolleinar Macro
  • 135/2.8 Rolleinar = Color-Dynarex AR
  • 200/3.5 Rolleinar = Color-Dynarex AR
  • 400/5.6 Rolleinar = Color-Dynarex AR [Tokina]
  • 500/8 (mirror lens) Reflex-Rolleinar = Reflex-Dynar AR
  • 2x converter

Zoom lenses

  • 28-80/3.5-4.5 Zoom HFT Rolleinar Macro (based on Sigma Macro 1:3,5-4,5/28-80mm)
  • 28-85/4 Zoom-Rolleinar = Vario-Skoparex AR (based on RMC Tokina 1:4/28-85mm)
  • 28-105/3.2-4.5 Zoom-Rolleinar (based on Kiron 1:3,2-4,5/28-105mm Macro)
  • 35-105/3.5 Zoom-Rolleinar = Vario-Dynar AR (based on RMC Tokina 1:3,5/35-105mm)
  • 35-105/3.5-4.3 Zoom-Rolleinar (based on RMC Tokina 1:3,5-4,3/35-105mm)
  • 50-250/4-5.6 Zoom HFT Rolleinar (based on Tokina AT-X 1:4-5,6/50-250mm)
  • 70-210/3.5-4.5 HFT Apo-Rolleinar (based on Sigma Apo 1:3,5-4,5/70-210mm
  • 80-200/2.8 Zoom-Rolleinar (based on Tokina AT-X 1:2,8/80-200mm)
  • 80-200/4 Zoom-Rolleinar (Type 1) = Vario-Dynar AR (based on RMC Tokina 1:4/80-200mm)
  • 80-200/4 Zoom-Rolleinar (Type 2) (based on Auto Mamiya/Sekor SX 1:4/80-200mm)

Lens accessories

  • 42mm screw mount adapter, to mount 42mm screw lenses
  • 42mm screw mount adapter with auto diaphragm, same as above with the transmission of the automatic diaphragm preselection
  • 39mm screw mount adapter, to mount Leica screw lenses. It does not preserve infinity and is only useful for macro work.
  • Inverting ring in 49mm diameter
  • Adapter for macro lenses
  • Adapter for microscope
  • Extension tubes 7.8mm, 15mm, 30mm and 50mm with auto preselection
  • Bellows with auto preselection
  • Rectangular lens hood for 25/2.8 Distagon
  • Folding (rubber) lens hood for 35/2.8 Distagon, 50/1.8 Planar, 85/2.8 Sonnar, 135/4 Tele-Tessar
  • Screw-in lens hood for 85/2.8 Sonnar and 135/4 Tele-Tessar
  • Lens case for 25/2.8 Distagon
  • Lens case for 35/2.8 Distagon, 50/1.8 Planar or 85/2.8 Sonnar
  • Lens case for 135/4 Tele-Tessar
  • Lens case for 200/4 Tele-Tessar
  • Filters in 49mm diameter, for 25/2.8 Distagon, 35/2.8 Distagon, 50/1.8 Planar, 85/2.8 Sonnar, 135/4 Tele-Tessar, and in 67mm diameter for 200/4 Tele-Tessar:
    • middle yellow
    • green
    • orange
    • light red
    • UV
    • R 1.5
    • gray -2
    • gray -3
    • infrared
  • Polarizing filter in 49mm diameter
  • Soft effect lenses Zeiss Softar I and II in 49mm diameter
  • Rear lens cap
  • Front lens cap in 49mm diameter and 67mm diameter

Notes

  1. Example observed in an eBay auction, lens no. 9993372.
  2. See this page of Captain Jack's website (archived).

Bibliography

  • Afalter, Udo. Voigtländer Kameras & Objective. Stuttgart: Lindemanns Verlag, 2nd edition, 1998. ISBN 3-89506-137-9.
  • Matanle, Ivor. Collecting and Using Classic SLRs. London: Thames & Hudson, 1996. ISBN 0-500-01726-3. Pp.107–9.

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