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Baby Rolleiflex, Photo F.W. Stutterheim
Ferdi’s Rolleiflex 4×4, with a standard Rolleinar 3 in Bayonet I. The ASA and DIN scales are reminders only, the 4×4 has no built-in lightmeter. This side of the shutter shows some aperture/shutter speed sets like 22/30 and 16/60. The aperture ring can be pushed to make changes in the EV and thus in the sets. After letting go of the ring the setting is locked. By turning the rings a different set of aperture/shutter speed can be selected against the triangular mark. 11/125 is selected. EV is the exposure value read from a light-meter.
Photo © 2021 F.W. Stutterheim.



Rolleinars are close-up lenses to be mounted in front of both TLR lenses for close focusing. Production of the sets started between 1953 and 1957. In Europe Rolleinars are easily found at camera fairs. They were made in three different strengths and the most common sets come in pairs as Rolleinar 1, Rolleinar 2 and Rolleinar 3; each pair in Rollei bayonet sizes I, II, and III. You will find them in neat leather pouches. Arab numbers refer to the strength of the close-up lens and Roman numbers refer to the bayonet size. The larger Rolleinar for the viewing lens includes a prism to correct for parallax error and shows a red dot for mounting. When correctly mounted the red dot points up.

Earlier Proxars

From 1935 up to 1955 close-up sets were made as three piece sets. The two identical close-up lenses were named Proxar. The prism was a separate part named Rolleipar für Proxar later Rolleiparkeil (Rollei Wedge). When buying, carefully watch what is on offer. Later bayonet type Proxars look like Rolleinars, earlier push-on Proxars look quite different. Anyway both versions are clearly labeled but an image may not show the full name. So a complete Rolleinar set consists of two pieces: a thick one and a thin one, both in the same bayonet size. A complete Proxar set has two identical Proxars and either a Rolleipar or a Rolleiparkeil. The images on this site show only the Rolleinars.

Rolleinar manuals

It is not uncommon for the data sheets of the Rolleinars to be lost. Please find the information in the next paragraph.

Object distances and DOF with Rolleinar close-up lenses

The next tables give the object distances when a Rolleinar close-up lens is mounted. The Depth Of Field will be different too.

Table of Object Distances

Rolleiflex Model Lens f= Rolleinar 1 Rolleinar 2 Rolleinar 3
Rolleifex 4x4 60 mm 100-47 cm 50-32 cm 32-24 cm

Depth of field for Xenar 60 mm
Circle of confusion = f/1000

Rolleinar 1 1 1 or 2 2 2 or 3 3
Oject Distance1 80 cm 60 cm 50 cm 40 cm 32 cm 24 cm
Size Object Field 53×53 cm2 39×39 cm2 33×33 cm2 27×27 cm2 20×20 cm2 15×15 cm2
Magnification 1:13 1:9.5 1:8 1:6.5 1:5 1:3.7
f/ 5.6 74-87 cm 57-64 cm 48-52 cm
f/ 8 72-89 cm 56-65 cm 47-53.5 cm 38-42.5 cm 30.5-33.5 cm
f/ 11 70-93 cm 54-67 cm 46-55 cm 37-43.5 cm 30-34 cm 23-25 cm
f/ 16 66-101 cm 52-70 cm 44.5-57 cm 36-45 cm 29.5-35 cm 22.5-26 cm
f/ 22 62-112 cm 50-76 cm 43-60.5 cm 35-47 cm 28.5-36.5 cm 22-26.5 cm

1 Distance measured in cm from object to front plate of camera.