Rollei A26

The Rollei A26 has to be one of the most unique camera designs of all time. When not in use it forms what amounts to a rectangular cuboid

but when you pull it open to advance the film and cock the shutter it reveals its viewfinder shutter button and Sonnar lens. The lens is a 4 element 40mm with an maximum aperture of f3.5. I haven’t been able to find specifics around the actual lens design but its sure to have some of the characteristics of other Rollei Sonnar lenses of the time that are found on Rollei 35s. That is to say they are compact and have a short distance to the film plane while still producing good results. Also as with the Rollei 35s the lens collapses into the camera body for compactness when not in use.

I picked up this roll of long expired Agfa 126 film at a camera show (pre pandemic) As you would expect the film produced low contrast results and had a decided colour shift towards blue. The film was just good enough though to give a hint towards the quality the camera could be able to produce.

While there apparently were not a lot of them made I have come across two other A26s in rough non functional shape and have decided to use their lenses to build a 3D camera with them but that may take some time and will be an other post.

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