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Old 01-26-2018   #81
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The IIa is completely jammed but not going anywhere, I was my grandmother's. I'm fairly certain that all the family album pictures that are of good quality are taken by her, with this camera. Eventually Ill try to fix it, but I'm not in a hurry because the finder is no joy to use, very differently form the secon one:
The IIIC works fine except the meter, just needs a little adjustment, the focus scale doesn't line up but the RF seems to be spot on.
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Old 01-26-2018   #82
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A friend of mine inherited his mother's old camera. He let me have a look and it is this beauty. Not a rangefinder, but a scale focus. Great little camera, and it works. Shutter seems ok except the very long speeds. not bad for an almost 80 year old camera.

The lens had some serious cleaning marks, so I polished the front element with toothpaste!

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Here's my II Type 014. Currently sat on a bookcase until it learns to stop opening the shutter when I cock it...

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Just put this together today.







The Vitessa had too many issues for me so it became a donor for this Retina IIa. The Vitessa also came with a bunch of accessories (filters, hood, Kontur 1:1 viewfinder) which will work on the Retina.

I do not know how it will be with film yet. With scotch tape on the film rails the focus does look good. The Retina will fold up with the Ultron on it but not with a filter on the lens.

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Old 02-14-2018   #86
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Looking forward to seeing some results with the Ultron
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Old 02-18-2018   #88
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Looking forward to seeing some results with the Ultron
It turns out the Ultron works fine on the IIa. The IIa, however, decided to act up. I didn't realize the film wasn't feeding properly (tore the film sprockets) so most of the shots I took actually didn't get taken. Then the shutter started acting up too. Only ended up with a couple of completely boring shots around my yard. But focus is good from minimum up to infinity.

Tried moving the Ultron to a pre-war IIa (type 150) as I prefer the simpler mechanics of it but the larger front element wouldn't allow the cover to close.

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An acquaintance gave me a gorgeous "Big C" Retina the other day, so of course I needed a photo of it next to the "small c" that I've had for a few years.


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That's a rare Retina you have there. Only 18,700 made. Not offered for sale in the US only Europe. Rodenstock lens makes it even more rare. I have one too, that's how I know. Bob J Danville CA
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My "new" Retina IIc. It was repaired by George Mrus in 1997. I hadn't known that name until I searched here and found out about him. I wish he was still around so I could tell him that a repair or CLA that he did in 1997 is still going strong.



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I gave this camera to a friend who said he wanted to try film again. He hasn't touched it since. This is the one I could kick myself for getting rid of, it was the best "riding bicycle with camera in the pocket" camera.






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It just occurred to me this morning that my Retina II is nearly 70 years old.

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I recently replaced the desilvered prism in my Retina Reflex with one from a Minolta XG-1. It was not a very difficult process, but I was glad to have the help of Chris Sherlock's web site and videos.

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Sweet camera, Mike - with more than a few nice images made with it on flickr, too.
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I recently replaced the desilvered prism in my Retina Reflex with one from a Minolta XG-1. It was not a very difficult process, but I was glad to have the help of Chris Sherlock's web site and videos.

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I exposed a few rolls of film in my Retina Reflex with the cloudy prism, which involved a lot of guess work. What kept me interested in the camera was the fact that the Xenon is a great lens, the camera's light meter was accurate, and the shutter was not only accurate, but as quiet as my rangefinder Retinas. What held me back was a bit of vagueness in regard to which specific prisms would fit the Retinas. Here is an example shot post-prism replacement:


forest path by Mike Connealy, on Flickr

Having a mirror that does not instantly return in a leaf shutter slr takes a little getting used to, but I think it probably contributes to the extraordinary quietness of operation. There are some add-on accessory lenses, but I doubt I will bother with them as their use complicates the use of the camera. I do have a little screw-in accessory lens which facilitates close-up work, and I'm looking forward to using the camera often.
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Here is my I, with an American Ektar on it. Very nice photos from it too. What do you do with a small finder, get a bigger finder!

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And an early Retina I I got at a yard sale, with the box and manual.

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Here is my IIa, with an American Ektar on it. Very nice photos from it too. What do you do with a small finder, get a bigger finder!

Nice camera, that is actually a Ia not a IIa. Those Ektar lenses are great. I have a slightly earlier version type I (knob wind not lever and the shutter has to be cocked manually) with the Ektar and it is one of my favorite Retinas.

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My mistake, I have a IIa also, and a IIc. Kinda hard keeping all the numbers straight.

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Here is a IIc I got the other day. Shot a roll I'm waiting on results for.

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Here's my first Retina, a II type 142, with Xenon f2.8 50mm. Sadly, rangefinder is misaligned and the double image is so faint you can't see it properly:






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I recently bought one of these - the Tele Xenar 135mm f4 for Retina Reflex. Though it looks very plain and uninspiring in real life it is a very handsome lens which is quite compact and heavy....

Best of all being a DKL mount it can be used with adapters on a Nikon F mount camera - one of the very few lenses that does have sufficient register depth to allow this. I used to have a Retina Reflex but no longer do.

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I´m doomed. This is my sixth Retina, a very nice IIS. I find the rigid body much easier to handle than the collapsible ones.
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I exposed a few rolls of film in my Retina Reflex with the cloudy prism, which involved a lot of guess work. What kept me interested in the camera was the fact that the Xenon is a great lens, the camera's light meter was accurate, and the shutter was not only accurate, but as quiet as my rangefinder Retinas. What held me back was a bit of vagueness in regard to which specific prisms would fit the Retinas. Here is an example shot post-prism replacement:

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Having a mirror that does not instantly return in a leaf shutter slr takes a little getting used to, but I think it probably contributes to the extraordinary quietness of operation. There are some add-on accessory lenses, but I doubt I will bother with them as their use complicates the use of the camera. I do have a little screw-in accessory lens which facilitates close-up work, and I'm looking forward to using the camera often.
I have a Retina Reflex 4, and after a simple repair everything works (the little window to see f-stop and shutter is a little hard to view). It is taking nice pictures also. I have a 50mm f1.9 Xenon and a 35mm f2.8 Curtagon.

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I now have a new to me Retina IIa. - An early production camera from 1951. (Note the Compur Rapid shutter.)

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The same Retina IIa as shown above - but kitted out with some accoutrements.



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Here is my I, with an American Ektar on it. Very nice photos from it too. What do you do with a small finder, get a bigger finder!

Turnit finder looks awesome!

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I just scored this exceptional Retina II for $37. It's kinda interesting in that it's a type 014 but it has the older style shutter speed dial from the type 011.


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