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julio1fer
05-18-2013, 18:07
My first serious camera, shared with my brother, was a Retina II. We used it to document trips and friends in high school, then it was sold.

I got another one lately, more than 40 years later (do we all seek the cameras of our youth?). It is a special feeling to shoot again with a camera that I met as a young teenager.

http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a11/julio1fer/Retina%20II/RetinaII-f_zps3322fe54.jpg

IMHO the Retina II has one of the best combinations of portability, lens quality, rangefinder and easy handling in the Retina series - at least for the subjects I like to shoot.

It took a lot of work to find and patch a bellows leak, but it was done. Some from the first successful test roll (TMX, Beutler):

http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a11/julio1fer/Retina%20II/201310026_zps665bc1e3.jpg


http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a11/julio1fer/Retina%20II/201310013_zps13552d9b.jpg


http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a11/julio1fer/Retina%20II/201310016_zps3db53c27.jpg

colyn
05-18-2013, 18:32
All of the Retina II versions are outstanding cameras. I have the type 122, 142, 011, and 014 and all are fine cameras..

leica M2 fan
05-18-2013, 19:16
They are outstanding! I have the IIc and the IIa and love the rendition of the Schneider lenses.