Kodak Retinette IIA

by Berckmans Peter April. 27, 2019 309 views

Another of my analogue viewfinder cameras. The kodak Retinette IIA, this model was only build in 1959 and 1960. So its a pretty old beastie. Completly manual with quite a good build quality.The lens is a Schneider kreuznach 45mm f2.8. The great feature on this one are the 2 red arrows yoy see on the lens. As you change your aperture they open or close and gives you a scale for dof, a fun feature. The camera works fine ,He selects the shutterspeed himself as you come in the darker parts of the day the shutterspeed is than constantly around 1/35s. Also you can choose bulb mode. f stops from 2.8 to 22.

So I loaded him with an Ilford HP5 monochrome film that I still had . This film is noisy, I like a bit of noise but this I find a bit to much.

So here are some results.

You can pick these old cameras up for almost nothing, why not give the m a second life. And the look good also, a bit of vintage.

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Russell Smith 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Quite a beautiful camera. HP5 is a bit grainy but I like it for some scenarios . Tri-x was one of my favorite black and white films so I want to get my hands on a few rolls of this to play with in the future.

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Berckmans Peter Replied to Russell Smith 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Have to give that one a try. Now a Fomapan 200 is loaded in the camera his brother a IB.

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Russell Smith Replied to Berckmans Peter 7 months, 2 weeks ago

It is the brother to HP5 so it is very similar. I am going to try Ilford xp2 it is a black and white film that can be developed in color chemicals so I am curious about that.

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Berckmans Peter Replied to Russell Smith 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Looking forward to the results

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Camellia Staab 7 months, 2 weeks ago

you weren't kidding when you said the film is noisy. The least amount of noise, in my opinion, in #9. But really the best photo is number 14 of your daughter, she looks gorgeous and the photo definitely has a vintage look. Nice series all in all. Thanks for sharing.

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Berckmans Peter Replied to Camellia Staab 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Will not use it again,that film.glad you like the tryout

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Jolien Dekens 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Beautiful! I really love the look of these vintage cameras, they have so much more character than the modern digital ones.
I just bought my first analog camera, a canon tx from the seventies. Going to get it tomorrow ^^ So excited! I hope it still works because I would love to experience shooting with film.

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Berckmans Peter Replied to Jolien Dekens 7 months, 2 weeks ago

First check shutterspeeds and see if the lens is clean. And the lightmeter has to work. Have fun with it. You sure think before taking the shot. Not want to waste the film

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Abigail Gossage 7 months, 2 weeks ago

I certainly like the vintage look bit I agree the film grain is a bit extreme.

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Berckmans Peter Replied to Abigail Gossage 7 months, 2 weeks ago

A bit to much for me, I am trying out a Fomapan film in another camera,has a bit of vintage with not to much grain

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Antonio Gil 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Now you've became the camera whisperer. smile Love this post

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Berckmans Peter Replied to Antonio Gil 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Have a few of these old cameras. Like to use them

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