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    Kodak Retina IIa Folder

    I have recently acquired a Kodak Retina IIa Folder with a Schneider-Kreuznach Xenon 2/50 mm. I have never used one of these before and wondered if anyone familiar with this camera could give me any tips or advice. I must admit I like the design and am looking forward to putting a film through it.

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    I have my grandfather's Retina II from 1940 with the f/2 Xenon and it is a great camera. I have a lot of fun with it. I think you'll enjoy yours. It's a bit slow to use compared to modern cameras, but that's part of the charm, I think. Here's a shot I took with it to test the rangefinder's accuracy at close distances. It worked better than expected after all these years:




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    In their day a superb bit of equipment and still is providing:- So long as the shutter works accurately and there is no sloppiness in the folding mechanism. The lens isn't scratched or has fungus, and finally the rangefinder (if it is a model with one) works, you have a lovely piece of lightweight kit. The Xenon lens was a beauty! Being all mechanical most of the faults if there are any can be sorted out or made to work in a reasonable fashion.

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    I have later Retinas with similar lenses which are excellent. The wind-on like all Retinas has a cocking rack and pinion which is the most fragile part of the camera, so treat the wind with respect,

    lots of info here

    http://retinarescue.com/retinauser.html

    otherwise good shooting!

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    Great lens on your camera. I had one, and regret selling it. The viewfinders tend to be cloudy, and as mentioned, you should be careful not to use too much force when advancing the film. Nice shooters, although my favorite is the Ia w/ either a Xenar or Ektar lens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jcoldslabs View Post

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    Around Halloween I saw a leaf hanging on a web.

    I thought it was a unique situation as if catching a falling leaf in mid-air... Nicely done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by momus View Post
    The viewfinders tend to be cloudy
    This finder does not use a half mirror. Instead it uses a browned glass which can be cleaned without rubbing off the brown. I've restored several IIa rangefinders to clean bright view.
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    My grandmother gave me one and it worked for a bit and then something between the rangefinder and focusing ring broke mysteriously. I'd love to get a tutorial on fixing rangefinders. Same thing happened to my Yashica Electro

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Burk View Post
    Around Halloween I saw a leaf hanging on a web.

    I thought it was a unique situation as if catching a falling leaf in mid-air... Nicely done.
    Thanks, Bill. I saw another one in the neighborhood a couple of weeks ago and shot it with my Rolleiflex. I'll be curious to see how it compares. In this recent case it was very windy and I had a heck of a time keeping the leaf focused and centered as it bounced around. We'll see.

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    The retina iia is a lovely camera. I have one but I am backlogged on cameras to take out right now.
    As above, be careful with the film advance. Also make sure the lens is set to infiniti before closing, and be gentle when opening and closing the camera.
    Go not to the elves for counsel, for they will say both yes and no.

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