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Rollei Bay I Rolleinar 3

Rollei Bay I Rolleinar 3

Regular price $108.00 USD
Regular price Sale price $108.00 USD
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Used item, no tax.
Tested & inspected by hand, special machinery not required. Found to be working correctly. Any flaws present will be noted and will not affect typical use.
Newer two part set. Some dust and dirt on lenses.

Details: Rollei Bay I Rolleinar 3

Close-up lens set with Rollei bayonet 1 I mount made by Franke & Heidecke for Rolleiflex TLR cameras. Extends close focus capabilities. One lens attaches to the viewing lens, the other one (or two) to the taking lens to provide equal magnification. When the Rolleinar 3 is attached to the camera lens the usable focus distance is from 24cm to 32m (Small detail photos).


There are two types of Rolleinar sets available: Early Rolleinars are a three-piece system. Made from the late 1940s to the early 1950s, they consist of two lens attachments labeled Rolleinar, and a third piece labeled Rolleiparkeil. Later Rolleinars are a two-piece system. Made from the early 1950s onward, they consist of one lens attachment labeled Rolleinar, and a second piece labeled Heidosmat-Rolleinar. Silver and black metal body.


  • Size: 35 x 18mm (viewing lens) and 37 x 8mm (taking lens)
  • Weight: 31g
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Rollei Bay I Rolleinar 3

Also includes: case

TLR System

Twin-Lens Reflex (TLR) cameras are defined by having two lenses. One lens is used for taking images and the other is for viewing, focusing, and framing your photos. The lenses are synchronized and the same focal length to allow for proper framing and focusing.

Normally, the viewing lens redirects light upwards towards a waist level viewfinder and the lower lens exposes the film using a built-in leaf shutter. Because of the way this system works the image in the viewfinder is flipped horizontally, which can take some time to get used to. There are also slight differences in framing between the two lenses that can affect images at close focusing distances.

Most TLRs take 6x6cm images on 120 medium format roll film, although some could also use now-discontinued 220 film. Many companies made TLRs, including Yashica, Minolta, and Zeiss Ikon. The most famous TLR brand, though, is Rollei.

The Rolleicord and Rolleiflex cameras are the definitive TLR designs, with all others taking major inspiration from them. These cameras pair world-class build quality with legendary Carl Zeiss & Schneider-Kreuznach lenses to make an excellent, if expensive, camera.

TLRs are iconic ”old school” cameras, used as the primary camera of journalists and documentary photographers for decades before 35mm SLRs took over. Most people will recognize a TLR as an ”old camera” and many will be intrigued by its strange (by today’s standards) two-lens design.

DHW Fototechnik is still making Rolleiflex TLRs today in Germany.

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