Rollei 35 SE | Balatonvilágos | Agfa Vista 200 | Rollei Sonnar 40mm f2.8

After not using my Voigtländer Bessa R4M for about 8 months, I made the difficult decision to sell it. I didn't need the money so much, I could have kept it, but as it's hard to find I would rather someone have it who will use it. I like hoarding cameras but not at other peoples expense. I finally found a buyer in Budapest who was interested.

We originally agreed on a price of 200,000 HUF ($700 / €615), but upon his arrival he offered me his Rollei 35 SE and asked for a discount of 100 dollars which was more than a fair offer. In all my time photographing, never has a lens given me more pictures that I can be proud of than the Sonnar 40mm f2.8 lens on the Rollei 35 S & SE. So it was an easy yes.

I have previously owned a Rollei B 35, Rollei 35, Rollei 35 S, and a Rollei AFM 35 but never the 35 SE. The only difference between the Rollei 35 S and Rollei 35 SE is that the S uses a match-needle-type meter on the top plate of the camera while the Rollei 35 SE uses LEDs inside the viewfinder to monitor your metering. Anyway I knew what to expect and hadn't owned a Rollei for a few years so it was an easy "yes".

I took it out for a weekend on the Lake Balaton where I shot the majority of this first roll.
Please note there are a few underexposed images below. These are not the fault of the camera but of myself as shoot without a meter and often misjudge in low light scenarios. Most of my camera do not have a meter and cameras like this I remove the battery.

Camera: Rollei 35 SE Zone-focus Camera
Location: Balatonvilágos, Hungary
Film: Agfa Vista 200
Lens: Fixed Telescoping Rollei-HFT Sonnar 40mm f2.8