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5 Frames with a Rollei B35 (and a little intro to “Analogue United”) – By Mariya Todorova

December 5, 2018

I really wanted to own a compact and light camera, because as you may know Canon AV-1 it’s not the lightest camera and I always felt uncomfortable if I need to walk around with it for a whole day. I wanted to be able to bring a camera every day with me and just keep it in my pocket and not think about where I’m gonna put it all the time. After some research into what camera I should buy (I didn’t want something expensive as well), I’ve finally chosen Rollei 35B, and thanks to the good old Ebay, I had the camera after few days.

The size and weight of this camera, are just perfect, the only thing I was struggling in the beginning was the focus. This model doesn’t show you any form of focus confirmation in the viewfinder, so it took me some time and few films until I had really sharp photos. If you are looking for affordable, compact camera and you are good with math, I totally recommend Rollei 35B 🙂

The film I like to use the most with this camera is Fujifilm Xperia 400 and the photos you will see above are taken with that film. And since I love plants, you gonna see a lot of them too 😬

A little introduction to Analogue United

Since I’ve been shooting on film for more than two years now, with time I realised that I wanted to share my experiences with other people that love the analogue format. As much as I like instagram, I don’t think it’s the ideal platform to display your work and to communicate with people about it. That’s why I have decided to create Analogue United. I wanted to have my special space, where I can share other people’s work as well as mine, share the magic of film with more people and give them a platform in which they can collaborate with each other.

Analogue United presents the work of different people from all over the world. The goal is to share people’s work with the as many people as possible, exchange and share experience, create collaborations together, and share stories. The only and most important requirement to join us, is to shoot on film, that’s it. It doesn’t matter if you are a professional photographer, or doing it as a hobby, as long as you are a fan of analogue. I believe that everyone has a story to tell.

Thank you for reading!

IG: https://www.instagram.com/mimimouseee/
Web: https://www.analogueunited.com/
Email: [email protected]

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  • Reply
    jeremy north
    December 5, 2018 at 5:15 pm

    For many years I shot with a B35. I’m confused as to why you think maths skills are needed to operate this camera. There is a focus scale and an uncoupled meter so it’s a piece of cake to use.
    I’m not sure if it is your processing or scanning but the images you posted seem rather soft and lack the contrast etc that this little Triotar lens can deliver. It is no Tessar or Sonnar but it does produce very nice images as you said. A super little camera.

    • Reply
      Hamish Gill
      December 7, 2018 at 4:19 pm

      I think she’s just talking about distances, Jeremy

  • Reply
    Brett Soul
    December 5, 2018 at 8:16 pm

    The Rollei 35 series are great I have the 35s, scale focusing is brilliant when you get the hang of it, at a decent aperture on a bright day the depth of field will be broad and I generally nail my photos sharp, I like the look of the Superia, the one with the shuttered doors has that soft colour feel that I never see in digital, keep enjoying your film journey it really is rewarding .

  • Reply
    December 6, 2018 at 10:10 am

    Nice shots! The Rollei 35 cameras are indeed highly recommendable.
    I own a Rollei 35 and it took me also some time to get used to it. Zone-focusing does the trick for me.
    I will check out Analogue United these days.

    • Reply
      December 9, 2018 at 2:51 pm

      Thank you! 🙂

  • Reply
    January 15, 2019 at 9:07 pm

    Lovely, delicate images!
    I have the little Rollei 35 LED, you inspire me to try it out.

    • Reply
      January 16, 2019 at 8:47 am

      Thank you, that’s really nice to hear! You should definitely try it out 🙂

  • Reply
    John Lockwood
    January 30, 2019 at 5:50 pm

    Hey Rollei owners, a question:
    Does the shot counter reset immediately upon opening this camera or does it happen incrementally as you rewind the film? I own a Rollei 35 LED, and the shot counter seems to be malfunctioning. It will count up, but does not reset. Thoughts?

    • Reply
      January 30, 2019 at 6:45 pm

      Hey John, the shot counter on my camera rest immediately after I take out the film. I remember that when I bought the camera I had some problems with the shot counter as well, but I think most of the times it was because the film wasn’t attached properly and the film was not rewinding. What I can advise you is to make sure that you put the film properly into the camera, but other than that Im not sure what else might be causing this.

  • Reply
    April 11, 2020 at 9:53 am

    The worst camera decision I ever made in 62 years of photography was to sell my B35

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