Kodak Retina Reflex

Discussion in 'Kodak' started by Colyn, Feb 11, 2006.

  1. Colyn

    Colyn Guest

    I found one in good working order today at the local flea market. Paid
    $5 for it.

    Anybody have any experience with this model.

    It uses the same lens as the Retina IIIC as well as some of the same
    Colyn, Feb 11, 2006
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  2. Retina reflexes... I know them well, having owned several and had many
    pass through my camera store. Intricate, beautiful, jewel-like. A
    little fiddly to use, but take an excellent picture in most cases. The
    lenses range from quite good to excellent.

    The BIG question is, is it really in good working order? It's been a
    long time since I've seen one that really worked right, unless it had
    just been serviced at great expense. 40 years of dirt and gummed
    lubricants on unusually narrow-tolerance parts will do that. Usually
    the shutter is way out of whack; and as they're an absolute bear to
    work on...

    Where was I? Oh, yes. Unless you're rich, try it out with side film
    under various conditions. If they come out OK, enjoy it (preferably in
    warm weather) until it stops working.

    If you're wealthy and eccentric, and the camera LOOKS alright, find a
    Retina specialist in Shutterbug, and have it CLA'd. THEN enjoy it until
    it stops working.
    Scott Schuckert, Feb 11, 2006
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  3. Colyn

    Colyn Guest

    I've used Retinas for a number of years and have a Reflex in need of a
    CLA which I just put on eBay. The S-K lens are excellent lens.
    It's interesting how this camera works having to perform several tasks
    when you advance and fire the shutter.
    This one is in good working order. I gave it the ultimate test today
    by shooting in the cold. Negs look good and the camera performed
    without a hitch. I gave up while the camera was still going strong.
    It appears to have had the selenium cell replaced recently and
    probably a CLA based on a repair tag inside the film chamber. The
    meter is dead on when compared to my recently rebuilt Weston Ranger 9.
    Colyn, Feb 12, 2006
  4. Check the low speeds: They're usually a pretty good indication of the
    state of the shutter. If 1 sec. is really 1 sec. without any hesitation,
    you've got it made...
    Chris Loffredo, Feb 12, 2006
  5. Colyn

    Colyn Guest

    I checked the speeds including the 1 second on a shutter tester and
    all speeds are within tolorances.

    I suspect this camera was CLA'd 2 years ago based on a repair tag in
    the film chamber. Meter is also accurate..
    Colyn, Feb 12, 2006
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