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    Foca? ..and new Retina IIa

    Foca Universal. Not quite top of their line, I guess
    But it's the lenses that count.

    I see some Willy Ronis photographs and they look nice but then the photos are what's nice
    Lens/es do look pretty capable, though. Maybe not super sharp but then perhaps scale focused
    Nice ethereal quality to em.

    Anyone ever use one of these? Quality cameras they all say.


    I finally took some Retina rolls to get developed at Wal-Mart
    50 f2 Xenon
    Did a comparison with 50 1.8 Zuiko and Hi-Matic 7s 45 f1.8 Rokkor on same roll

    Rokkor is very nice
    Xenon while not quite as sharp or contrasty as the other 2 is still damn sharp ...especially at closer focus, it seems. Not missing anything! It "glows/bleeds/flares" a bit in the highlights, too. Not quite as Summar "retro" as I had hoped but perhaps with other subject material.

    Rangefinder is dim.. not very contrasty. It will see a lot of use, though.

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    I've used a Foca Sport II. It's a fixed-lens rangefinder and a great little camera. Like most cameras, I had to service it. The lens is quite good. And you don't see many of them in use today -- that's for sure.

    My writeup.
    Last edited by elekm; 07-28-2008 at 11:38 PM. Click to view previous post history.

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    http://www.mwclassic.com/articles/fo...al_rc/foca.htm

    Here's a site that talks about the Foca.

    Sounds like a nice - very nice - camera.

    Jeff M

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    well, thanks guys. What I thought was very cool about the camera was it's focal plane shutter with "normal" style film loading. They had a 50 1.9 lens as well as a 28mm ..of f6.8 or something like the earliest 28mm Leica Elmars or whatever model. Seems like a kinda sorta wannabe leica M series with older style glass and easy loading.

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    The Minolta 35 RF has a modern back on it as well. Great camera - easy to find and very easy to repair / adjust.

    Jeff M



 

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