The Practical Accessories

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Designed for: Single 2 1/4 X 2 1/4 inch-exposures on 2 1/4 X 3 1/2 inch plates of sheet-film. A desirable facility for the use of special emulsions, immediate or individual processing and such special tasks as studies of portraiture, trick photography, reproductions, technical tests etc.

The outfit consists of:
1. Adapter back (1)
2. Cut-film or plate holders (2)
3. Cut-film sheaths
Also available: Focusing-screen slides (3) Leather case for two holders

All parts are available separately. Focusing is done as usual on the reflex focusing-screen and only in special cases (i.e. when using two Rolleinars combined, or utilizing the picture area to the fullest extent) on the adapter focusing-screen.

A. Attaching the Adapter

1. Remove take-up spool from camera.

2. Take off camera bade. 3. Attach adapter back

(without plate holder!).


B. Loading the Plate-Holder

1. Withdraw slide.

2. Lift up locking lever on back of holder and

3. let it slip inside after a quarter turn. Spring action pushes out plate-carrier.

4. Slide plate (or cut-film with cut film sheath placed underneath) into carrier.

5. Retract lever, lock by a quarter turn and fold down (the number remaining visible). Close holder by reinserting slide.

Note: Conserve push-strip by always removing slide from empty holders before storing

C. Inserting the Plate-Holder

Swing catch out of way and slide holder down the lateral grooves of the adapter back. The catch locks holder against unintentional removal.

D. Exposure

1. Withdraw slide.

2. Lift up lever and let it slip inside after a quarter-turn. The plate moves into the focal plane by spring action.

3. After the exposure, retract lever first, then fold upward after a quarter-turn. The letter "B" indicates that the plate has been


4. Only now reinsert slide.

E. Focusing-Screen Holder

1. Insert the closed holder.

2. Withdraw slide. Spring action presses focusing screen automatically into the focal plane.

3. Reinsert slide first, and then remove holder.

F. Note

1. Shutter cocking as usual: with Rolleiflex, normal swing of the crank.

2. For use of plate adapter with Rolleicord the double exposure device must be disengaged in order to unlock shutter.


Purpose: Panorama pictures, composed of two or more individual pictures. Complete circle (360°) may be had with 10 exposures.

For Use:
1. Screw panorama head at first only lightly into tripod

2. Match pins and sockets of panorama head and camera, then press together.

3. Tighten screw firmly.

4. Mount on a sturdy tripod.

5. Level off horizontally by centering bubble of spirit level.

6. Start exposures at left of proposed view-swing camera one number or click to right for each succeeding exposure.

7. Care should be used when trimming pictures for mounting --sufficient overlap is provided to make matching easy. If moving clouds are included in pictures, exposures must be taken in rapid succession.

8. Make full use of entire negative area and be sure that prints match in contrast and tone. Line the pictures up accurately and cut them. Mount on cardboard with matching edges together and panorama is ready.



Can be used for all Rollei models with grooved edge an the tripod socket.

Designed for: Quick fastening at the Rollei to the tripod or to the bracket of an electronic flash unit.

1. Screw the Rolleifix firmly to the tripod. 
2. Raise the catch on the under side of the lock-lever and push lever downward.
3. Place the camera on the Rolleifix and slide it forward so that the tripod socket reaches the forward end at the retaining grooves.
4. Throw the locking lever upward to


For use with all Rollei models provided with groove an the edge at the tripod socket.

Designed for: Complete protection: Air, dust, water-tight. For storing the camera in a floatable splash-proof, light metal container; unique pivoting bracket provided for fast shooting.

A. To open:

1. With a circular movement raise the clamp handle.
2. Push the front part of case down.
3. Push the camera case back and press down firmly until it is fully opened.
4. Swing the camera up and back in the retaining grooves until the tripod socket until the catch locks.
5. In order to change film: Press the locking lever on the front of the holder downward and pull the camera forward out of the

When taking pictures the case may either remain open (far photography at eye level the two sides serve as handles) or can be almost closed.

B. To close:
1. Grip with two fingers behind the pivot of the camera harder, unlatch it by pulling forward and move the camera forward and downward.
2. Raise the lower part, close the case and pull the clamp handle around and down until it locks. Make certain that the two catches close properly.

C. Notice:

1. In order to use the Rolleicord in the case, an extra (provided) rubber pad is glued an the corresponding pad in the case.
2. In the two spring steel clips of the case, 1--2 extra rails of film or Rollei desiccant tubes (for absorption of the moisture within the case), can be placed. The discoloration of the deep blue silicon crystals indicates the extent of saturation. Repeated regeneration is possible by heating the tube (for example over a hot plate)

ROLLEIMETER for Rolleiflex

Purpose: An optical coupled range finder for use with the direct view finder of the Rolleiflex particularly suitable when shooting sports or flash pictures in poor light,

Description: The Rolleimeter uses the superimposed image principle and is actuated by and coupled to the moving front panel of the camera. It is attached to the nameplate directly in front of the direct view finder. A vertical glass rod with focusing spot far the two images can be seen when lacking through the tinder. Focusing the camera by superimposing the two images so that the outlines exactly coincide insures sharp focus. Framing and focusing are accomplished while looking through the tinder, without making the eye train one position to another.

Before using the Rolleimeter two simple adjustments are required:

1. A one time adjustment of the actuating lever (screw a) to suit the focal length of the lens employed.

2. Adjustment of the lever button (screw b) so that the range finder indicates sharp focus at infinity (oo) when the camera is in focus at the same distance. This adjustment should be rechecked from time to time.

A. Adjustment to focal

(This is done before attachment to the camera and is required so that the Rolleimeter and camera will agree even at close distances, such as three to five feet. See note 2.)

For this adjustment a special plate is provided, suitable for cameras calibrated in either feet or meters. For the focusing knob with exposure meter, a second 'adjusting' plate of greater diameter is included. By its use the relationship between infinity and the close distance readings of the focusing knob scale may be observed and the Rolleimeter's actuating arm properly adjusted.

1. Place the adjustment plate over the focusing knob and line up the infinity marks, note whether meters or feet.

2. Note the figure on the adjustment plate which is directly opposite the marker for the closest focusing distance at the knob. Rolleiflex will have 3 feet as this distance.

3. Swing actuating lever H outward and loosen the coin-slotted screw a.

4. Move the slide to the previously observed adjustment plate figure and tighten screw a.

B. Attaching Rolleimeter to Camera

1. Set camera at infinity (oo).
2. Turn mounting screw C counter-clockwise until it stops.
3. Hook the Rolleimeter over the left edge of the nameplate and push it back so that the right side fastener can be engaged. Be sure that the actuating lever rests on the camera's movable iron panel.
4. Hold Rolleimeter firmly in position with thumb and turn screw C clockwise until tight. Removal is effected by complete counter-clockwise turning of mounting screw C and lifting off.

C. Adjustment to Infinity

(This is done after mounting Rolleimeter)

1. Set focusing knob to infinity (on), open focusing hood and direct view

2. Unscrew protective cap D and remove.

3. Select and observe some object (building, tree, lamp post, etc.) at least 600 feet distant. Looking at the focusing spot in the glass rod, turn screw B until the outlines of the two images coincide and the images become one.

4. Replace protective cap D, tighten, and double-check the coincidence of the two images. This adjustment should occasionally be rechecked.

D. To Use

Locate the abject an the focusing spot of the Rolleimeter's glass rod, as seen through the open direct view tinder, and turn the camera's focusing knob until images coincide. The Rolleiflex will be sharply focused to the exact distance of the abject selected.

E. Note

1. Far use with Rolleiflex 2.8 (80 mm. lens) the Rolleimeter 2.8 is supplied together with suitable adjustment plate.

2. Proper adjustment to focal length can be effected easily in the case at earlier Rolleiflex Cameras (whose knobs are not the right size to permit use of the adjustment plate) by means of the ground glass screen image. Following is the proper method:

First, make the infinity (oo) adjustment. Then focus the camera accurately an a suitable vertical abject at the closest distance. Check the Rolleimeter and if the two images do not coincide, remove it and loosen screw a. Relocate the slide at some point in the adjustment range, between 0 and 3, where the images do coincide. Tighten screw A. Cheek the setting again and finally double-check the infinity adjustment. Correct if necessary {see A).

Underwater housing for Rolleiflex f:3.5. Waterproof even at depths Of more than 330 feet. Ground glass viewing and focusing through prism, with magnifier, in normal swimming position. All controls may be adjusted under water. Built-in rotating filter turret for two filters. Total weight: under water 3 lbs., above water 12 lbs. -- Special accessories: carrying case, three filters (light and medium yellow, orange) in leather case, special flash unit (for both type-lamp bases) in sail clash

Full information an the use in the booklet "ROLLEIMARIN"


Purpose: Synchronized flash exposures with the Rollei.
Applicable: Flashbulbs with bayonet base (swan).

B-C principle (Battery-capacitor firing).

A. "Mounting Rolleiflash

1. Fasten reflector on case by turning it clockwise in bayonet.

2. Fasten holding arm to bayonet of the viewing lens and

3. Secure by turning lack ring a clockwise. -- Before removing: first loosen lock ring by turning counter clockwise.

4. Pull out the cable and plug it into the flash socket an the camera. -- To roll up the cord: use turn-knob (on cover of case).

B. Exposure

1. Insert flash lamp as far as necessary to seat in the bayonet socket.

2. Test circuit (before connecting Rolleiflash comb.): Press test key B -- brief flash of the test lamp c indicates positive firing of flash lamp.

3. Synchronized flash-firing: by releasing camera shutter (see directions for using camera)

Open-flash method (Firing by hand contact in making time exposures): loosen safety screw ring D, press hand contact E. Always secure hand contact when not in use!


The connector F is for use with the supplementary flash unit Rolleiflash comb.

4. Lamp ejection: by pressing ejector button G -- the lamp is forcefully ejected.

C. Changing Batteries

1 Loosen screw ring H slightly, open case upwards and remove. -- To close the case:  First attach cover with retaining pin on case, close tight, tighten screw ring H.

2 Changing the battery: Important !

The + pole must always point toward the test lamps Wrong insertion of battery would damage the condenser. Insertion of fresh battery (flat cell hearing aid battery 22.5 v.): press back contact spring I with the battery, snap battery in.

3. Changing test bulb: As replacement for detective lamps press same-type 6 v. glow lamp (0.05--0.07 amperes) between contact springs.

D. Flexible Arm

The flexible holding arm can be unscrewed from the case when the Rolleiflash attachment is to be fastened directly onto a tripod by the base thread. To replace holding arm: turn back screw ring K an holding arm as far as it will go, screw arm into case (up to correct position at bayonet ring) and secure by turning screw ring K


After attaching the cable: Pull flash bulbs in Rollieflash first and then in Rolleiflash comb.

In order to conserve the battery: Insert the flash bulbs a short time before shooting. Detach the cable from Rolleiflash when not using.

E. Rolleiflash comb.
Screw the cable end connectors to the Rolleiflash and Rolleiflash comb. The Rolleiflash comb. can either be hand-held or fastened to a tripod by the socket provided. The second connector is for an additional Rolleiflash comb., if used. A total of three lamps may thus be fired simultaneously. Lamp distance can be extended to 33 feet by means of 10 feet extension cords at two types, for Rolleiflash and Rolleiflash comb.


F. To attach Rolleiflash Extension Cords

Unscrew protective cap to limit, insert flash card plug and tighten cap down over plug.