|Looking a real mess with leatherette and
top plate removed.
Not so obvious, but still visible is the plastic wind gear.
|I think the Rollei 35 is another
over-rated camera. The 35B pictured here is the Singapore version
made under license. There is no doubt that any of these cameras
will take a fine photograph, but from an engineering viewpoint they are
a bit tacky. and delicate. Still, they are easy to work on and can
almost always be repaired. Simplicity is their saving grace.
|With more body panels removed we can see
how the lens/shutter combo is attached to a metal plate along with it's
release mechanism and in turn is screwed to the plastic chassis.
Rollei was ahead of its time in the use of metal parts bolted to plastic
parts for the sake of marketing image and cheap manufacture.
|This little screw had come away from the
rear of the lens barrel, inside the film gate, and had found its way to
the front of the body down here. The winder jammed up and it was
lucky that the plastic gearing had not been forced and stripped of
The same can not be said of the plastic lens release mechanism which had
been forced and broken in an effort to close the camera in the jammed
|In the image to the right we
can also already indentify the source of this camera's wind-on jamming
See if you can spot it before looking at the next image. Note also
the (arrow) flash trigger part complete with built in plastic spring.
|The orange arrow shows where the screw that caused this camera's
problems originally came from.
I really can't say I've ever been impressed with these things.
(I can be a little scathing at times... just ignore me if
these are your favorite babies... they are perfectly good cameras)