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melek
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« on: April 25, 2006, 04:55:20 AM »

This is the second model of the Retina that Dr. August Nagel made for Kodak. I'm still looking for the first. I've owned this camera for several years but it sort of got pushed to the back of the line.

This model was made from 1935 to 1937. If I recall, the camera was really dirty, as was the lens. But once I removed 70 years of grime, the camera was in decent condition. And the lens was very nice -- no hideous cleaning marks.

So a few weeks ago, I got it out and loaded it with some Tri-X. This camera has a Schneider Xenar in a Compur shutter. Top speed is 1/300. I have the little plunger release for the shutter. I think I bought several of those separately for $5.

The camera (now 70 years old, give or take a year):



Just three pix. Film was processed in Adox ATM49 (Atomal) 1+1, 15 min, 72F (give or take -- I need to get another darkroom thermometer. I have three, and all three give different readings).

A point and shoot shot aboard the bus -- 85k.

No smoking -- 66k. I was a bit off on the focus. It's in meters. So I was guessing in feet and then trying to convert that to meters. It was working OK for like 1 and 1.5. But then trying to figure out 1.2 and 1.3 or 1.6 meters was ... ugh!

Two bikes and a pedestrian - 85k. A little cluttered, but I'm OK with it.
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« Reply #1 on: April 25, 2006, 05:49:43 AM »

What a nice little camera.  I really like the compactness and simplicity of those early Retinas.  I'm not much good with meters either, but I can usually stay out of trouble by sticking with fast film and paying close attention to the dof scale.
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« Reply #2 on: April 25, 2006, 05:53:05 AM »

Mike, next time I go to Prague if you are still 1-less, I'll keep an eye out for you. The camera store I used to frequent seemed to have a box of them somewhere, as they always seemed to have one for sale but never the same one.

Nice tones in those shots. Those Retina lenses.

J Ake :twisted:
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« Reply #3 on: April 25, 2006, 07:00:37 AM »

Mike, I'm not sure about the photos, but whatever you are doing after you take the film out of the camera, you are doing superbly!  The Retina helps, of course.
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« Reply #4 on: April 26, 2006, 08:41:12 AM »

Okay, I had to google for Chris Eve's Kodak retina site which came up empty.

Formerly:
"http://www.toptown.com/nowhere/kypfer/"

Does anyone know if it has moved?

AND:
Nice Pictures! I looked up the 117. My oldest is the 119. I need to use it. At least I loaded up the Retina II with the 47/2 Ektar.
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« Reply #5 on: April 26, 2006, 08:58:50 AM »

Here's a nice site for Kodaks. Lots of retina stuff in it.
http://http://www.bvipirate.com/Kodak/
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« Reply #6 on: April 26, 2006, 09:00:48 AM »

OK why didn't that work? Another try---

http://www.bvipirate.com/Kodak
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« Reply #7 on: April 26, 2006, 09:54:16 AM »

The indispensable Retina Pages: http://homepages.ihug.co.nz/~Srawhiti/index.html
I owe a lot to Chris Sherlock. I've used his instructions to rescue two very cheap Retina 'parts' cameras from oblivion. Edmund Hillary used an old Retina 118 with a Tessar on top of Mount Everest.
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« Reply #8 on: April 26, 2006, 04:01:13 PM »

Mike those are some very nice pictures and extremely well developed.  I just bought my 4th Retina today and I love them.  We should get Jake to do a field trip for us to see if we can find 1 or 2 with the rarer lenses.

My next hopeful finds will be a I or a IIa.
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« Reply #9 on: April 30, 2006, 09:05:43 AM »

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Okay, I had to google for Chris Eve's Kodak retina site which came up empty.

Formerly:
"http://www.toptown.com/nowhere/kypfer/"

Does anyone know if it has moved?

Chris Eve sold his camera collection.  The web site was resurrected recently by Mischa Koning.
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