Rollei 35 Family Book
Rollei 35 Family
Technical Part: The development of the Rollei 35 from 1962 to today's Rollei 35 classic
Heinz Waaske in 1994, holding the prototype of the smallest 24x36mm camera ever developed for 35mm film. He began developing this camera in his spare time in 1962 and completed it for serial production by 1965. Right from the beginning, the camera was a world-wide success. It is still as popular today as when it was launched.
The prototype PR 458 already has all the basic features of what was to become the Rollei 35, such as retractable lens, an exposure meter cross-coupled with the shutter-speed and aperture controls and a rapid wind lever.