The name Rolleimat was also used by Rollei on an enlarger.
The Rolleimat series of compact 35mm cameras were manufactured in Japan for Rollei circa 1979-1981. These were very troubled years for the company, eventually ending in its 1981 bankruptcy. The Rolleimat AF is notable as the first autofocus model ever offered by the company.
image by Romuald Swieconek (Image rights)
- Production period : 1979 to 1981, about 120.000 units
- Viewfinder camera with 0.48x magnification; parallax-correction marks
- Rolleinon 38mm f/2.8 lens (4 elements, 3 groups), zone focus to 1 meter/3.3 feet
- Programmed autoexposure from 1/350th sec at f/22 to 1/60th sec at f/2.8; controlled by CdS cell within filter ring
- 46mm filter thread
- Film speed range ASA 25-500
- Mechanical self-timer, delay 10 seconds
- Meter circuit powered by one 1.3v mercury battery, PX675 or equivalent
- Pop-up electronic flash, powered by two 1.5v AA batteries (separate from meter circuit)
- Rewind crank on bottom of camera
- Dimensions WxDxH: 135 x 54.5 x 77 mm
- Weight: 380 grams
This camera was also produced with minor cosmetic changes as the Rollei Flash 35. It now has a Rollei Lens 38mm 1:2.8.
Production period also 1979 to 1981, about 95.000 units.
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- Production period : 1980 to 1981, about 60.000 units
- Rolleinon 38mm f/2.8 lens
- Autofocus to 4 feet/1.3 meters, using Visitronic system from Honeywell (like Konica C35 AF) with distance indicator in viewfinder
- Programmed autoexposure from 1/450th sec at f/17 to 1/8th sec at f/2.8; controlled by CdS cell within filter ring
- 46mm filter thread
- Film speed range ASA 25-400
- Meter circuit and integral electronic flash powered by two 1.5v AA batteries
- Rewind crank moved to top of camera
- Dimensions WxDxH: 132 x 56 x 75 mm
- Weight: 395 grams
This camera was also produced as the Rollei Flash 35 AF.
|Rollei Flash 35 AF|
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- Production period : 1981, about 18.000 units
- Rolleinon 38mm f/2.8 lens (autofocus)
- Motorized film advance
- By Nittō Kōgaku
- McKeown, James M. and Joan C. McKeown's Price Guide to Antique and Classic Cameras, 12th Edition, 2005-2006. USA, Centennial Photo Service, 2004. ISBN 0-931838-40-1 (hardcover). ISBN 0-931838-41-X (softcover). Page 849; 859.
- Name variant, probably only for the Japanese market (confirmation needed)
- Claus Prochnow, Rollei Report 3, second edition, Braunschweig, Lindemanns Verlag, 2008, ISBN 3-89506-141-7.
- Rolleimat F instruction manual from Mike Butkus' OrphanCameras.com
- Rolleimat AF instruction manual (HTML) from Mike Butkus' OrphanCameras.com
- The Forgotten Rolleimat (English) from Silvermoon Images
- Rolleimat AF at Sylvain Halgand's www.collection-appareils.fr
- Rollei Flash 35 AF description at Awane's Camera Museum