Retina IIa

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by Paul W. Ross, Jul 27, 2003.

  1. Paul W. Ross

    Paul W. Ross Guest

    I recently acquired a nice Kodak Retina IIa folding 35mm camera, but
    as I have no manual for it, could somebody explain the function of the
    small round button just beside the winding lever? Also, does anyone
    know what size screw-in filters this thing takes. Right now, I'm using
    a clamp-on adapter to series 5 filters, which works, but isn't too

    Thanks in advance!
    Paul W. Ross, Jul 27, 2003
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    TLR Guest

    If the button is pressed, it is possible to advance the film without having
    to press the shutter button. Its use, I think, is for loading the film with
    no need to extend the bellows.
    TLR, Jul 27, 2003
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    Colyn Guest

    This button unlocks the advance lever and counter after the end of a

    When the frame counter counts down to the last exposure, it locks the
    counter and advance lever..

    Colyn Goodson

    Ft. Worth, Texas

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    Colyn, Jul 27, 2003
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    Colyn Guest

    I have a retina IIa pdf manual in my manuals section at

    look in "other".

    Colyn Goodson

    Ft. Worth, Texas

    625 and 675 mercury battery fix

    Camera manuals

    For Sale
    Colyn, Jul 27, 2003
  5. Paul W. Ross

    Paul W. Ross Guest

    Some google search turned up the answer to my query -- the button is a
    release for the "count down" film counter. The counter "locks up" at
    "end" of film, and this is to keep from pulling film off the spool. If
    you bulk load like I do, you can have a few more there, so CAREFULLY
    going past "0" will get those extra exposures.

    I paid $95 a couple of years ago for mine, which included the leather
    case, FWIIW.

    A Gossen Pilot meter rides nicely on the instrument clip, or a
    "manual" flash, as well.

    Great camera -- a "keeper."
    Paul W. Ross, Jul 28, 2003
  6. There's more info on the Retina II and III series here:


    Karen Nakamura
    Karen Nakamura, Jul 29, 2003
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    Bob Fowler Guest

    Others have already answered your question, but I just wanted to ask which
    lens does your IIa have? Mine has the 50mm f/2 Xenon and I use a Kodak
    1-1/4" (31.5mm) push-on Series VI adapter for filters and hood.
    Bob Fowler, Jul 29, 2003
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    Paul W. Ross Guest

    Schneider Xenon f2, 50 mm. I use the push-on adapter, series 5
    filters, and a series 5 lens hood as a filter retainer. I had a pile
    of series 5 filters from an old Rollicord and Yashica 124G s that I
    had at one time.

    Lens seems to work best at f11. The slow speeds are a little off, I
    think, but 1/25 and up seem fine.

    I don't think the "M" sync timer is quite right, but I obviously use a
    electronic flash on "X" sync.

    GREAT camera. If I could find another good one at the right price, I'd
    buy it in a flash.
    Paul W. Ross, Jul 30, 2003
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    Mike Elek Guest


    The Retinas used an odd-sized filter like 32mm or something like that. I
    have several UV screw-in filters for most of my Retinas, as well as a nice
    little tri-filter pack with lens shade for the later models. The filter size
    remained the same from the Ia and IIa to the end of the folding models with
    the Capital letter models (IB, IIC, IIIC).

    These little filter kits pop up now and then on eBay. Mine includes a
    yellow, green and red filter plus the aforementioned lens shade -- all fit
    into a nice little brown bakelitle (I think) case.

    I'll check and post a reply.

    Mike Elek, Aug 1, 2003
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