Rolleiflex Rolleinar 1 Close Up Lens
Following on from my previous post about the Rolleiflex Automat MX-EVS, here is a shot taken with my Zeiss Opton equipped Rolleiflex with the Rolleinar 1 close-up lens attachment. The Rolleinar 1 allows you to focus closer than the 3 feet that the standard lens allows, and is very useful for frame-filling head shots. Rolleinars come in a range of strengths (1, 2 and 3), each allowing progressively closer focusing.
Supplied in a natty little leather pouch, this later version of the Rolleinar is a two part set, with separate lenses for the viewing and taking lens on the camera.
The diopters are bayoneted together and are separated before mounting on the camera.
One inherent problem with the twin lens reflex design is that the viewing and taking lenses do not show exactly the same view. Most cameras use a siding frame in the viewfinder, or similar device, to correct for this parallax difference. This works well at most distances, but as you focus closer, the parallax error increases. To compensate for this, the Rolleinar for the viewing lens incorporates a prism along with the diopter which corrects the parallax difference. This also explains the difference in the thickness of the two lens components.
Because it contains this correcting prism, it’s very important that it is mounted to the camera with the correct orientation. To facilitate this, there is a small red dot on the metal housing which, when mounted, should be facing upwards.
Here is a picture of the Rolleinar 1 set attached to the Rolleiflex Automat.
The Rolleinars are very well corrected and I have noticed no image degradation while using them, with the images still being very sharp and undistorted. Given that they are so small and light, it’s very easy to throw a couple of these sets into your bag, and they add a lot of extra flexibility to a Rolleiflex TLR. Prices are quite reasonable if you look around, and I would highly recommend searching out a set if you use a Rolleiflex!
The portrait above was shot hand held at F/3.5, 1/25 second on Kodak Plus-X and processed for 5 minutes in Kodak HC-110 dilution B.