The 35mm f2.8 Distagon for Rolleiflex 35mm SLRs had a slightly different optical design than the Contax/Yashica version, as shown below on the right.
Rolleiflex QBM Contax C/Y
Rolleiflex 3003 Brochure:
‘A high performance lens – for photographers who understand by “high performance” not the largest available aperture but high image quality. The range of applications for this lens is so varied and universal that it has a place in every photographer’s equipment. It is recognised as the classic landscape lens.’
5 elements in 5 groups
f2.8 – 22
Angle of view: 61o
Close focus distance: 0.40m
Filter size: 49mm
One of my favourite moderate wide angle lens. I use this whenever I only need a moderate wide angle coverage and want the best quality. I like the look if the very flat front element of this Rollei design compared to the bulging look of the C/Y version. Nevertheless I have used both and find them capable of producing images of very high quality and low distortion. Very good value for the performance. The compact size makes it very suitable for travel.
New Paper Big Walk Rolleiflex SL 2000 F 35/2.8 HFT Distagon Ektapress 100
Malaca ST of Harmony Rolleiflex 3003 35/2.8 HFT Distagon
Agfa Ultra50 17 Jan 1998