Rolleiflex SL35 lenses
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.
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|
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)
- 50/1.8 SL-Xenon
- 135/3.5 SL-Tele-Xenar
- 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
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.
- 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
- 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)
- 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
- light red
- R 1.5
- gray -2
- gray -3
- 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
- Example observed in an eBay auction, lens no. 9993372.
- See this page of Captain Jack's website (archived).
- 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.
- Rollei SL35 lenses and accessories in Captain Jack's Rollei SL35 and Voigtländer VSL website (archived)
- Rollei 35mm SLR lenses at the Rollei Club (the site is dead and the links point to the web archive version dated March 7, 2005)
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