First Look at the MiNT Rollei 35AF Compact Film Camera

First Look at the MiNT Rollei 35AF Compact Film Camera

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MiNT Camera has just announced that their new 35mm film camera will be called the Rollei 35AF, and that it will be released in Summer 2024.

In addition, MiNT has released the first public images of the new compact camera through a placeholder website where interested camera-nerds can put their name on a notification wait-list.

The new information comes from the latest update of MiNT’s blog, which has chronicled development of their instant cameras as well as this new 35mm film camera ever since it was announced as a project in March of 2023. In the blog post, MiNT’s founder Gary Ho sheds a bit of light onto what has thus far been a rather quiet campaign of camera creation.

“[…]the Mint_35mm project has been making promising progress. With each passing day, we are getting nearer to completion. The original Rollei 35 is renowned for its compactness and unique design, earning it a special place in the camera hall of fame. However…

    1. Not everyone can master the manual zone focus system as the focus can only be guessed.
    2. The flash can only be added as a separate accessory at the bottom of the camera, resulting in an ergonomically strange and aesthetically displeasing setup.
    3. Repairing these cameras is becoming increasingly challenging due to the scarcity of skilled technicians and parts. […]

We are about to change that.”

Further information was shared on the new name. It seems that MiNT has continued their collaborative partnership with the owner’s of Rollei’s trademark. Previously, MiNT had released their MiNT InstantFlex TL70 TLR-styled Instax instant film camera under the Rollei brand name, and it seems the theme will continue with the new 35mm film camera.

“It’s official. The name of this camera will be […] Rollei 35AF.

Yes, you read that right. We are thrilled to announce that Rollei has graciously granted us permission to use their logo. This collaboration marks an exciting step forward for all parties involved. The Rollei brand will undoubtedly increase awareness for this camera. After pouring our hearts and souls into this project, I really hope the Rollei 35AF becomes accessible to a broader audience.”

From earlier blog updates and conversation with MiNT, it’s known that the new Rollei 35AF is heavily-influenced by the design of the original Rollei 35, a super compact 35mm film camera which has a legendary status in the hearts and minds of photo nerds. The new Rolle 35AF from MiNT will feature a Lidar-based autofocus system and a built-in flash, and that the camera will cost somewhere between $650 and $800 USD.

The development of a new 35mm compact film camera is a wonderful thing indeed, and it comes at a time when Leica has just announced that they’ve sold more film cameras in the previous fiscal year than at any other period since 2015. It should also be noted that Pentax and Ricoh have recently announced their intention to develop and release a number of new film cameras in the coming years.


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James Tocchio

James Tocchio is a writer and photographer, and the founder of Casual Photophile. He’s spent years researching, collecting, and shooting classic and collectible cameras. In addition to his work here, he’s also the founder of the online camera shop Fstopcameras.com.

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8 comments
  • Interesting. I would be interested in Rollei 35AF. But not at $650.

    • When I first heard about this new film camera I had an idea in my mind of how much it would cost. $650 was a lot lower than I thought. It might not be for me, as I have plenty of cameras already, including two Rollei 35s.

      Modern digital cameras are selling for thousands, and that is from large manufacturers with economies of scale. I think that $650 from a small-scale manufacturer for a brand new camera is a very competitive price indeed.

    • Why not $650? Sounds like a deal to me. All the now on their last legs premium p&s cameras are much more than that. A Lomo lc-a is $300 and that camera is basic compared to this. After the lomo the next cheapest new 35mm camera is a Leica M-A at $5400.

      • Some people are also paying hundreds of dollars for a single fashion brand zip tie, but I wouldn’t say that makes it good value for money 😉
        I do agree however that any modern analog camera of decent quality won’t be cheap. Considering how much of a niche film photography is, I think $650 is a fair price.

    • I think $650 is a bargain for a NEW film camera.

  • Nice, but ….

  • It’s no Contax T2

  • The sex appeal of the proposed camera is not in doubt. I like what it is supposed to be. My first query will be, how does it perform in the hand? Second query; What is the lens performance like, or more importantly, how good are the resultant images after skilful processing? I am already well equipped with (too much) Leica gear, but the new Rollei camera could be a good option to the Leica Q cameras, although that is putting film against digital, which is not fair. However, the apparent ergonomics of the Rollei 35AF are very appealing.

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James Tocchio

James Tocchio is a writer and photographer, and the founder of Casual Photophile. He’s spent years researching, collecting, and shooting classic and collectible cameras. In addition to his work here, he’s also the founder of the online camera shop Fstopcameras.com.

All stories by:James Tocchio