Rolleiflex and the Rolleinar 1

Shooting portraits is one thing I really enjoy. When I read about a close up lens attachment that you can mount to the Rolleiflex to get ‘a little more intimate’ with your subject, i.e., the Rolleinar, I thought I’d give it a try. Although I have Rolleinars 1, 2 and 3, I’ve only shot with the Rolleinar 1 and will show the resulting images below.

The Rolleinar lens attachments come in Bay 1, 2, and 3 sizes. Before you buy one or a set, you need to know which will fit your Rolleiflex. As with the other Rolleinars, Rolleinar 1 comes with a leather case. It’s in a neat little package so I usually bring it with me when I’m out and about with the Rolleiflex. Rolleinars come in a two-piece set consisting of a viewing lens (the thicker one) and a taking lens. I always remind myself to make sure the red dot on the viewing lens (see below) should be up when attached to the camera. Once the Rolleinar 1 is attached, the focusing distance is converted from 40 inches to 18.5 inches.


Here are some sample images:






Camera: Rolleiflex  | Film: Ilford XP2 | Film Developing and Scanning: Fotofabrik

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All images Copyright © 2017 by She Escobar, all rights reserved. Images may not be copied, downloaded, printed or otherwise disseminated without express written permission of She Escobar.

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