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Rollei QZ 35T

Rollei QZ 35T

Style, film format 35mm autofocus, autoexposure with manual options

Lens, shutter S-VarioApogon 38mm-90mm f/2.8-f/5.6, vertical metal shutter

Photo quality Excellent

Ergonomics Excellent

The Rollei QZ 35T is one of the most elegant cameras to ever roll off a factory line. Designed by F.A. Porsche and produced in limited numbers, it remains a visually stunning camera.

The camera contains a number of advanced features, including a top shutter speed of 1/8000, unheard of in a camera of this genre -- that is, a so-called point & shoot.

This is no lightweight. Tipping the scales at roughly 24 ounces, it's solid and lends itself to a very stable shooting platform. The zoom is fast enough, although I would have liked a bit more speed on the telephoto side. Controls are intelligent and well-placed.

The proprietary flash is a bit of an oddity, screwing to the side of the camera and giving the camera a sort of old-time news photographer look.

But if you don't shoot a lot of flash photos, then leave it in your bag and enjoy yourself.

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