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a few kodak retina Ia shots (san antonio missions)
Old 01-22-2007   #1
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Smile a few kodak retina Ia shots (san antonio missions)

love this camera....

please tell me what you think...



http://flickr.com/photos/ivanaguiar/...7594407070318/
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love this camera....

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http://flickr.com/photos/ivanaguiar/...7594407070318/
How do you get such a good focussing on a Ia! Very impressed.
I'm new to Retina and I'm very excited about this excellent camera. So far, I got a IIIc and IIa. I only got some picture from my IIa. It's so good.
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love that little camera.... I used the sunny 16 rule on them, range focus, 1/200 F16, F11... pretty much was a point n' shoot. people looking at me like I was crazy shootin with an old relic

Love the lookof confusion from by standers...

Would be nice to have a later model, with coupled rangefinder, but for $5 I ain't complaining!
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I really need to get to the mision trail, nice shot!

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I've got a 1a as well. Really nice camera that I need to use more. I seem to recall that it does have a "point and shoot" setting? Set aperture and distance to some colored dots(orange, I think) on their respective scales and frame and shoot.
Very nice photos!
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nope, mine seems to be missing an accessory shoe,,, i see the holes where it once was. But no, no fancy simple mode on it. It might be an earlier model. It's beyond basic.... one thing I dig about the retina is how small it is, and heavy! They never chimped on materials in the old days...
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Is that in San Antonio, Texas? We have a Mission San Antonio in Central California, established in 1771.
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Yeah, the Alamo is also a mission... grew up there... never knew that! Very interesting place to snap some shots!
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Nice shots.............I like to shoot there myself.
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nope, mine seems to be missing an accessory shoe,,, i see the holes where it once was. But no, no fancy simple mode on it. It might be an earlier model. It's beyond basic.... one thing I dig about the retina is how small it is, and heavy! They never chimped on materials in the old days...
I finally got out the manual for my Ia. And it's a not so fancy zone focus method that I was thinking of.
There is(on mine, anyway) a "small circle between 8 and 10 feet" and another one "near 25 feet" on the focus scale. the manual says to use these marks for near and distant subjects:
"NEAR SUBJECTS
Set the focusing scale to the small circle between 8 and 10 feet. Use lens aperture f/8. This gives a depth of field (zone of sharpness) from about 7 to 15 feet.
DISTANT SUBJECTS
Set the focusing scale to the small circle near 25 feet. Use lens aperture f/8. This gives a depth of filed (zone of sharpness) from about 12 feet to infinity. "
I use mine with "sunny 16" for metering and with the 400 speed film I typically use, setting the camera to hyperfocal at f/16--when the weather's nice and I'm outside--gives me DOF of about 5 feet to infinity.
Just loaded mine. Thanks for getting me to think about this camera again!
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well as soon as spring rears it's sunny bum to us, I'm certain to be out there shooting with the retina...

thanks for the comments guys. Maybe I'll go color next time, truly depending on the subject matter of course...
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