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1/500 shutter speed of IIa
Old 01-14-2009   #1
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1/500 shutter speed of IIa

Hi everyone,
I just picked up a nice Retina IIA from Keh. I have my first test roll in it right now. One thing I notice it that I cannot change the shutter speed to 1/500 once the shutter is cocked. Is this normal for this model?
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Old 01-14-2009   #2
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Probably. I've run into other cameras like that. I think another spring kicks in to get the 1/500th second speed. Both have to be cocked together.
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Old 01-14-2009   #3
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yes it seems to be normal for the compur-shutters. I've noticed this for all Retinas I own. It is however not impossible to go for the 1/500 after cocking but it's quite hard (mentally) to overcome the resistance as you will be in fear to break a spring inside.

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Thanks guys for the info. One less thing to worry about!
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Selecting 1/500 sec while the shutter is cocked is a very bad idea. The booster spring in a Synchro-Compur shutter for 1/500 is very strong and other parts may be bent or broken if the controls are forced.
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The Retina instructions are contradictory. Another instruction booklet (later version) for the Retina IIa says:

"You can set the shutter speeds before or after cocking the shutter. But set 1/500 second preferably before cocking, since for technical reasons it is easier to do so. To set the shutter after cocking requires a little additional effort, although it will not harm the camera."

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Old 01-16-2009   #7
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I just found this second version of the manual online. I will just change the 1/250 & 1/500 shutter speeds before cocking. Don't want to take chances of breaking anything. Thanks guys!
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