Rolleikin 2 - Adapter Set For 35MM Film
Rolleikin 2 - Adapter Set For 35MM Film
Rolleikin 2 - Adapter Set For 35MM Film

Rolleikin 2 - Adapter Set For 35MM Film

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Rolleikin 2 - Adapter Set For 35MM Film

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A number of Rolleiflex TLR cameras were prepared to take 35 mm cartridges to make exposures of 24×36 mm. Next to masks additional hardware had to be added. The TLR film counter is unable to cope with 35 mm film and contrary to roll film 35 mm film has to be rewound into its cartridge. The factory developed the Rolleikin counter/rewind knob for this purpose. The film mask is equipped with a cogwheel for reading the film perforations and a transport lock. Most 2.8 camera models left the factory with the counter knob already mounted. There is not much point in mentioning the models that had the knob from the factory. It could be added or removed by the user. Quite a few users not interested in making exposures on 35 mm film removed the knob at some point. The Rolleikins were sold assets with or without the knobs. The sets I am discussing are called Rolleikin 2. The ‘2’ is not printed on the cover of the case. An earlier Rolleikin (1) set exists. The knob is the first thing to watch when buying. Over the years several runs of the Rolleikin were marketed usually fit for contemporary camera models. The camera also needs a Dual-format or Triple-format back that can be set to 24×36 exposures. Nearly all post-war cameras have it but there were a few exceptions in the early years. The user had to buy a new back when using a Rolleikin. Most Rolleikin sets that are offered today have no Rolleikin knob. I have seen hardly any single knobs on offer. When you do find a knob or a set with a knob make sure the longer dedicated screws for the Rolleikin knob are included. The standard screws of the spool holder that is replaced for the knob are too short.

Three runs of Rolleikins 2 were made. From 1958 camera models were built with new second-generation folding finder hoods with moving frames for parallax compensation under the focusing screen. It made new finder masks necessary. That makes buying a Rolleikin 2 set online tricky. Even after finding the proper setting for your camera model you may end up with the wrong finder mask.

A Rolleikin 2 set consists of:

  • Plastic or leather case.
  • 35 mm film frame.
  • Film take-up spool.
  • (Exposure counter knob with 3 dedicated screws, leather disk.)
  • 1 or 2 Extension spindle(s) for the Rewind Knob for earlier (and later) camera models, depending on the manufacturing date of the set.
  • Inner spool knob. This is the extended one that opens the film feeler rollers.
  • Focusing screen mask.
  • Direct viewfinder mask.
  • (Lens hood mask Bayonet I.)

Rolleikin 2 First Run

Frame Size Produced Camera Models Particulars Content of Set
24×36 mm 01/1951‑09/1955 Rolleiflex 3.5
from 1,100,0001
Rolleicord 3.5
from 1.137,000
Rolleikin 2
with the counter knob.
Black metal case labeled
“Rolleikin” not Rolleikin 2.
Exposure Counter Knob with 3 screws, disk.
Take-up spool
Extension Spindle(s) for rewind knob
Inner Spool knob
35 mm film frame
Screen mask for Sinking Finder Hood
Direct viewfinder mask
Lens hood mask, Bay I

The camera needs a dual-format back. First, run. Rolleiflex 3.5 C(E) only with finder hoods that sink into the camera body when being closed (not E2, E3!).

Rolleikin 2 First Run

Frame Size Produced Camera Models Particulars Content of Set
24×36 mm 12/1952‑09/1955 Rolleiflex 2.8 C
Rolleiflex 2.8 D
Rolleiflex 2.8 E
Rolleikin 2 C
without the counter knob.
Black metal case labeled
“Rolleikin” not Rolleikin 2.
Take-up spool
Extension Spindle(s) for rewind knob
Inner Spool knob
35 mm film frame
Screen mask for Sinking Finder Hood
Direct viewfinder mask

First, run. Cameras were sold with a knob. Rolleiflex 2.8 C, D, and E only with non-detachable finder hoods, (not E2, E3!). Cameras have Dual-format back.

Rolleikin 2 Second Run

Frame Size Produced Camera Models Particulars Content of Set
24×36 mm 10/1955‑11/1955 Rolleiflex 3.5 and 2.8
as First Run.
Rolleicord 3.5
as First Run.
Rolleikin 2
with and without the counter knob.
Flimsy plastic case.
Other parts as First Run.

Only a few hundred sets were made.

Rolleikin 2 Third Run

Frame Size Produced Camera Models Particulars Content of Set
24×36 mm 11/1955‑1976 Rolleiflex 3.5
Rolleicord 3.52
Rolleikin 3.5
with the counter knob.
From 1959 labeled just
Rolleikin
Brown Leather case with zipper
Exposure Counter Knob with 3 screws, disk.
Take-up spool
Extension Spindle(s) for rewind knob
Inner Spool knob
35 mm film frame
Screen mask for Sinking Finder Hood
Direct viewfinder mask
Lens hood mask, Bay I

Rolleiflex 3.5 C(E) only with non-detachable finder hood, (not E2, E3!). Cameras have Dual-format back.

Rolleikin 2 Third Run

Frame Size Produced Camera Models Particulars Content of Set
24×36 mm 11/1955‑1960 Rolleiflex 2.8 C
Rolleiflex 2.8 D
Rolleiflex 2.8 E
Tele-Rolleiflex
Wide-Angle Rolleiflex
Rolleikin 2.8
without counter knob4.
From 1959 labeled just
Rolleikin
Brown Leather case with zipper
Take-up spool
Extension Spindle(s) for rewind knob
Inner Spool knob
35 mm film frame
Screen mask for Sinking Finder Hood
Direct viewfinder mask

Rolleiflex 2.8 E only with non-detachable finder hood, (not E2, E3!). Cameras have Dual-format back.

Rolleikin 2 Post 1958 Version

Frame Size Produced Camera Models Particulars Content of Set
24×36 mm From 12/1958 As before, also
Rolleiflex 3.5 F
Rolleiflex 3.5 E2
Rolleiflex 3.5 E3
Rolleiflex 2.8 F
Rolleiflex 2.8 E2
Rolleiflex 2.8 E3
Rolleiflex T5
Wide-Angle Rolleiflex
Tele-Rolleiflex6
Rolleikin
Also for post-1958 cameras with detachable
Second Generation Folding Finder Hoods with
moving frames for parallax compensation
under the focusing screen.
As before.
New mask with a notch and small hole added.
Mask to be installed underneath the screen.
Lens hood mask Bay I discontinued.

Cameras have Dual-format back or three-way back for Flat Glass.

Rolleikin 2 Direct View Finder mask for the Tele-Rolleiflex

Frame Size Produced Camera Model Particulars Content of Set
24×36 mm Tele-Rolleiflex Direct View Finder mask with a cut-out of 16×22 mm. Special Mask

Notes

[1]
Rolleiflex 3.5 from № 1,100,000 adaptable for Rolleikin 2. The original camera back has to be replaced. From № 1,117,000 fit for Rolleikin 2 without alterations. From № 1,160,000 Dual-format camera back with the black movable pressure plate. 
[2]
The Rolleicord Vb has a detachable finder hood of the first generation. Parallax compensation with all finder masks. Only second-generation finder hoods need a different mask. In-camera № 2,600,00 - 2,603,000, the film mask fits only after a holder is rebuilt. 
[4]
New Rolleiflex 3.5 cameras were sold without the Rolleikin 2 knob. Cameras in the 2.8 line were basically sold with that knob although they were available without the knob. New the Tele-Rolleiflexes were sold with Rolleikin 2 knob up to № 2,305,000. Later Tele’s were sold without the knob. Wide-Angle Rolleiflexes were sold without the Rolleikin 2 knob. Rolleikin 2.8 sets with knob were available. 
[5]
Rolleiflex T sold with dual-format back for Rolleikin 2 from № 2,151,000. 
[6]
Tele-Rolleiflex from № 2,305,001. Finder with Parallax compensation by mask under focusing screen that moves when focusing. A New Rolleikin finder mask is needed.

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