Why use a Rolleinar on your Rolleiflex, you ask?

February 3, 2015

Last month I set off for a shoot in Arundel, one of my favourite West Sussex towns. I happened to be early and as I do anytime when I’m there, called into Arundel Photographica to say hello to Chris, the owner, as well as massaging my eyes with all of the vintage camera treasures he has in store. I am really excited that I found a Rolleinar 1 Close-Up Lens for my Rolleiflex 2.8D! These things are pretty rare in the Bayonet 3 fitment (I’ve been on the lookout for one for about a year now). I’ll be able to enjoy shooting tighter-crop head and shoulder portraits with the Rollei now.

Why use a Rolleinar on your Rolleiflex, you ask? To start with, what a brilliant design. It is so small and has no loss of sharpness. It allows you to get that bit closer than with the standard Rollei TLRs 80mm. This means you can get lovely headshots with narrower depth of field. The eyes really look beautiful and all because of this tiny lens that add’s virtually no weight to the camera. For some reason they are hard to find in the bay 3 fit. i can only presume that Rollei owners tend to hold onto them (I know I certainly will be). Something to note when fitting the lens diopters to the camera is that the viewing lens is the deeper of the two lenses and has a red dot on the edge. This red dot is to be aligned upward toward the top of the camera. This is due to the prism in the viewing lens that corrects the parralax error. By positioning the lens as explained ensures no shift in the composition of the exposed imaged. These portraits were captured later that day and are straight off the negative with no post production. I love the Rollei even more now.