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Dave S.
07-09-2011, 10:02
A while back I picked up a Retina IIa from a fellow RFF and have really enjoyed shooting with it. I would like to get in the picture myself sometimes (family shots) so here's my question:

Can I use a standard mechanical self timer that screws into the shutter release button with the Retina IIa?

The Kodak Retina IIa manual states:

"Kodak Auto-Release
. . . A delayed-action devise that trips the shutter about 10 seconds after it is set. It is used with the Kodak Metal Cable Release No. 5."

So, can I use a standard mechanical self timer or do I need to find a Kodak Auto-Release and the Kodak Metal Cable Release No. 5 to take self timer shots with the Retina IIa?

My Retina IIa is a Type 016 with Xenon f2/50mm and SYNCHRO COMPUR shutter.


Dave S.

07-09-2011, 10:10
I can't answer your question, but I'm a big fan of the Retina. I presently have 4 of them. The Schneider Xenon f2 lens is wonderful.

07-09-2011, 22:56
as any standard cable-release can be used (just tried it with my Retina IIa) it's possible to use any standard self-timer when based on such a screw-in release.


Dave S.
07-10-2011, 06:48
Thanks Udo! I'll buy a standard mechanical timer.


Dave S.