Rolleikin 35 mm. Back Instructions

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Rollei Rolleikin 35 mm. Back (with pictures)

Rolleikin 3.5 and 2.8 A. Installing the Counter-knob B. Assembling the Rolleikin
C. Loading D. Film Transport E. Rewinding
F. Note Bottom of page

Parts of the Rolleikin back

Rolleikin 3.5 and 2.8Fits Rolleiflex 6 x 6 above numbers 1,100,000 and Rolleicord above numbers 1,137,000. (The combination back for two picture sizes was originally not provided with the first camera series, but could be ordered additionally). Earlier Rollei-models 6 x 6 use Rolleikin I (with special back).

Designed for: Taking up to 36 exposures 1 x 11/2 in. on 35 mm. film. Ideal for series of pictures and color photography on miniature film.

The attachment consists of:

  1. Case
  2. Film Guide Frame
  3. Take-up Spool
  4. Exposure Counter Knob (not required with Rolleikin 2.8)
  5. Extension Spindle for Rewind Knob (two types, for previous and new Rollei models)
  6. Inner Spool Knob
  7. Focusing Screen Mask
  8. Direct Viewfinder Mask
  9. Lens Hood Mask

A. Installing the Counter Knob (not required with Rolleikin 2.8)

(The exposure-counter-knob accepts 35 mm. film and 120 film)

  1. Remove the top film-knob by unscrewing the three countersunk screws.
  2. Fasten counter-knob tightly by means of the three screws supplied.
  3. Remove protective lining from gummed insert and paste it on the counter knob.


B. Assembling the Rolleikin

  1. Adjust film pressure plate by a sliding movement, pressing down at the same time, thereby bringing the inscription 24 x 36 mm. (not required with Rolleikin 2.8) into view.
  2. Pull counter-knob, fit take-up spool on the right and insert completely.
  3. Rewind-parts: Screw extension-spindle on rewind-knob by rotating the latter. Snap inner spool-knob over opposite spool bearing pin, (slipping the metal tongue between the rollers of the film-feed when using a Rolleiflex).
  4. Inserting the film-guide frame: Press spring actuated clamp-bar at an acute angle (as shown) against the bottom of the film gate and insert completely. To remove: Push frame downward (against the clamp-bar) and lift out.
  5. Place ground-glass mask (in fitted position) on ground glass screen and slide under front clip, snap down and secure by depressing clip of retaining device at rear of focusing hood. Be sure the mask is properly centered and not jammed inside the ground glass frame.
  6. Insert the framefinder mask underneath the button above the framefinder in such a way that the edge is pushed in first, then press the two lateral fixing buttons into position. (see illustration below)


C. Loading

  1. Open camera back, pull rewind-knob, fit in film cartridge on the left and then insert fully.
  2. Introduce the film-lead (which – in the Rolleiflex – first passes through the film-feed rollers) into the double slit of the take-up spool, letting it touch on the right. Tighten up by giving spool a short turn.
  3. Make sure the mouth of the cartridge points straight ahead in line with the tightened film lead, then close back.
  4. Press-and-release counter-knob until the red dots of the Rolleikin counter face each other. (Disregard counter for 120 film completely)
  5. To set counter for the first exposure: Advance counter dial to No. 1 by actuating film transport three times.

Film Transport

D. Film Transport

  1. Press-and-release counter-knob before actuating film transport. The exposure counter advances automatically to the next number.
  2. Advance film as usual to the stop.

E. Rewinding

  1. After the last exposure has been made, rewind film by keeping counter-knob pressed down,
  2. simultaneously rotating rewind-knob clockwise.

F. Note

  1. The rewind also permits the removal of only partially exposed films. In order to prevent the film lead from slipping into the cartridge when rewinding, be sure to thread the film backwards i.e. against the winding direction into the double-slit of the take-up spool when loading. When rewinding a partially exposed cartridge, advance film two frames beyond the last exposure (skipping one frame for safety).
  2. Always adjust film pressure plate properly (see B1). (A sure sign of incorrect adjustment when using the Rolleikin: camera back will not close all the way)
  3. When installing the Rolleikin in the camera the empty roll film spool should be laid safely away in the Rolleikin case for later use since it must be used again when inserting the next roll of film.
  4. Shutter cocking as usual: With Rolleiflex, normal swing of the crank.
  5. Double exposure device is in operation in the Rolleiflex and cannot be disengaged when using Rolleikin. With Rolleicord it must be disengaged in order to unlock shutter.

via Marriott – Rollei Rolleikin 35 mm. Back Instructions.

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