Originally Posted by xayraa33
I have yet to run into a Retina camera that is not broken.
They seem to be very delicately made instruments.
Originally Posted by shawn
Nice, I just finished working on the shutter on a 1b to get it up and running properly. I like the folding mechanism of these better than the earlier cameras (smoother and quicker) but the film winding is a little more delicate. The 1b has a bit nicer viewfinder than the earlier models but not as large as the 1B.
Maybe some parts were a little bit dellicate respect the whole construction (e.g. cocking rack) but we must think about the fact that these cameras have almost all more than 60 years... and often have been unused, closed in a cabinet or who knows where..... so, the most of actual issues depends on poor management or storage and hardening of lubrificants....
Generally speaking, good cameras (i.e. Retina, Zeiss Ikon, Leica or Voigtlander) built until the '60s, are all well made to last.... and still deliver good results... often after a good CLA.... and, if well used... will work well for other 60 years