Rolleiflex Rolleinar 1 Bay 1 review with examples from modern film

The Rolleinar close-up lens has become a staple piece of equipment that I carry in my camera bag. A convenient leather case allows for quick storage and retrieval of the Rolleinar, which is useful in many situations.

After aligning the lenses correctly (larger lens on top with dot aligned upwards, smaller lens on bottom in any position) you’re able to focus closer than the camera’s default 40 inches. It’s possible to use this for macro and portraiture photography.

The header image was captured on in a Rolleiflex 3.5 F K4A, equipped with the Rolleinar 1. The f/3.5 limit of the Rolleiflex combined with the extreme depth of field provided by the Rolleinar makes it easy to capture images in striking ways.

The images in this article were taken on Portra 400 film, developed at Hillvale in Brunswick, Melbourne, and scanned by Halide Supply in Collingwood, Melbourne.

Bryce Wilson is a photographer, filmmaker, and freelance photojournalist from Melbourne, Australia.

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Bryce Wilson

Photographer, filmmaker, and freelance photojournalist at bryce.photography
Bryce Wilson is a photographer, filmmaker, and freelance photojournalist from Melbourne, Australia. His work has been focused on providing coverage and reporting from the war in Ukraine's Donbas region since 2015.
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