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.