In many of these fields the ground-glass screen is a distinct advantage. Page 3 The Retina Reflex IV of has, in addition to the exposure meter indicator in the reflex finder of the Model III, aperture and shutter speed values shown in a window in the finder, a red warning signal when taking pictures in extreme lighting conditions and a fresnel screen for greater brightness. Page 4 Lifting it up to the eye is then a matter of a split second. For convenience and protection the Retina Reflex should always be carried in its ever-ready case. This case is designed to hold the camera ready for use. A camera retaining screw fixed to the case screws into the tripod bush to hold the camera securely in the case even when open.
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In many of these fields the ground-glass screen is a distinct advantage. Page 3 The Retina Reflex IV of has, in addition to the exposure meter indicator in the reflex finder of the Model III, aperture and shutter speed values shown in a window in the finder, a red warning signal when taking pictures in extreme lighting conditions and a fresnel screen for greater brightness.
Page 4 Lifting it up to the eye is then a matter of a split second. For convenience and protection the Retina Reflex should always be carried in its ever-ready case. This case is designed to hold the camera ready for use. A camera retaining screw fixed to the case screws into the tripod bush to hold the camera securely in the case even when open. Page 5 See also quick shooting with zone focusing p. The section through the camera above shows the main components of the optical system.
The heavy arrowed line It is available in various packings see also p. Page 7 hook of the slot. Turn the take-up spool to take up the film slack. It should lie flat across the film aperture, and the "teeth" of the sprocket wheel engage the lower row of perforations. Not less than two of the upper perforations should overlap the film track. Page 8 The rest of the film can now be exposed in the usual way.
The Film Release of the Retina Reflex The film release not on Model IV helps in rectifying any jamming which may lock the mechanism of the rapid winder. Page 9 Should the winding lever stick in an in-between position, work the film release to make it spring back.
Double Exposures The double-exposure lock of the Retina Reflex prevents accidental double exposures. To make a deliberate double exposure for special purposes, press the reversing button after the first exposure, and keep it depressed while tensioning the shutter with the rapid winding lever.
Page 10 4: The film cassette, its outer shell, centre spool and separate top. Black-and-White Film This produces a negative in which the colours and brightness range of the subject are translated into black and white. Generally speaking, low speed goes with greatest contrast, finest grain and highest resolving power and vice versa. The film speed in the top row points to the corresponding contrast, grain and resolving power.
The contrast row shows from left to right how high contrast becomes medium and low as speed shows. Page 13 c a colour negative for making colour prints and enlargements, as from colour negative film described below , d direct colour enlargements on colour reversal paper.
Colour prints on paper invariably show a loss of colour quality as compared with the original positive transparency. The filter must be rotated to find out its best position on the lens. The Retina Reflex camera is ideal for this observation. The filter is simply held in front of the lens, and then slowly rotated to find the best or desired result on the reflex-focusing screen. Page 15 Once your choice of film is settled, the basic condition of exposure is settled with it.
You are now left with the problem of scaling the light you find in front of your camera to the amount your film needs. Your job is to judge the light reflected from the subject you are about to photograph. This is usually controlled by the same lever as the flash synchronization p. When you press the release button with the self-timer in operation, the shutter only goes off after a delay of seconds and you have time to take your place in your own picture. Page 17 Subjects of great contrast with very bright as well as very dark areas call for separate close-up readings.
Here you measure the light first of the bright and then of the dark parts independently, noting the apertures obtained in each case, and finally set the aperture scale with the exposure wheel to an in-between value. Page 18 Aperture and Depth of Field When you focus the Retina Reflex on a given object, the image of that object will be really sharp on the film.
Things nearer or farther away will be gradually less and less sharp, until they are noticeably blurred. The range of distances over which objects are still acceptably sharp, before you do notice the loss of definition, is known as the depth of field. Page 19 First, the depth obtained depends also on the focal length of the lens. Short focus lenses yield more depth and tele lenses less depth. That is why the alternative lens units of the Retina Reflex have their own depth of field indicator.
The gun will fit either into the accessory shoe on the camera, or on to a bracket which is screwed into the tripod bush.
Page 21 The Retina Reflex shutter is internally synchronized for use with flash bulbs and electronic flash. The cable from the flash gun is plugged into the flash socket of the camera. On releasing the shutter, an electric circuit is automatically closed through the flash socket, setting off the flash at this moment.
Page 22 Focusing and Viewing Using a wide-angle or telephoto lens focusing is not different from that of the standard lens. The Retina Reflex screen enables the image to be focused accurately by means of the split image rangefinder or on the ground area.
From left to right: work the winding lever; turn the exposure wheel to centre the meter needle between the two fixed prongs in the finder field; select the most suitable aperture-speed combination; Retina Xenar or Retina-Ysarex f2.
Retina-Xenon or Retina-Heligon f1. The f2. From left to right: Work the rapid winding lever; turn the exposure wheel to centre the meter needle between the two fixed prongs in the finder field; select the most suitable aperture- speed combination; Page 27 Shooting with the Retina Reflex S. From left to right: Advance the film and tension the shutter with the rapid winding lever; turn the exposure wheel to line up the setting marker with the meter needle; select a suitable aperture-speed combination; Page 28 8.
Set the film indicator. Set the film speed on the exposure meter. On the Retina Reflex S depress the button in the centre of the meter dial and turn the exposure setting wheel below the lens barrel to bring the required ASA or DIN figure into the appropriate cut-out of the meter dial. Page 29 Unloading 1.
Depress the reversing button. Rewind the film. On the early Retina Reflex pull up the rewind knob to its first stop for rewinding.
Open the camera back. Remove the cassette. Close the camera back or reload with a new film. The shutter is situated behind the lens, and any lens inserted can be accurately focused by both the split-image rangefinder and the ground glass focusing screen.
Page 31 There is no parallax error nor are any supplementary viewfinders required. The tele and wide-angle lenses for the Retina Reflex IV, III and S have their own depth of field indicator pointers which show directly the extent of the sharp zone at all settings.
Curtar-Xenon f4 or f5. Heligon C f4 or f5. Page 33 To ascertain the depth of field obtained with either telephoto or wide-angle lens, focus the Retina Reflex with the rangefinder or reflex screen. Read off the distance setting on the distance scale opposite the elongated diamond mark. Page 34 11 and 6 in. The R lenses are only available for use with f2. They also fit the f2 lens of earlier Retina Reflex models. Page 36 left the stand in use with R lenses and a frame holder taking close-up field frames.
Right: The stereo attachment for the original Retina Reflex only. An optical system produces two upright pictures side by side with the correct stereo separation. It is used in conjunction with the R close-up lens.
This stand permits easy reproduction of things like postage stamps, jewellery, small mechanical parts, etc. To tackle low angle views, subjects near the ground and copying, a right-angle viewfinder has been designed for the Retina Reflex not for III.
It fits over the viewfinder eyepiece and is held in position by a bayonet lock. Page 39 3 ft. Page 40 22 ft. April -
Kodak Retina Reflex Manual
This model was made from My unit, with the Synchro-Compur shutter and Retina-Xenar lens was produced between June to Spring , according to this historical chart. I was fortunate to buy a unit in excellent condition with the leather case and original instruction manual. Using the text or images on this website without permission on an ebay auction or any other site is a violation of federal law. The wind lever is moved to the bottom of the camera. The film counter is moved slightly to the left. The viewfinder is enlarged and much easier to see through than the Ia.
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There were 2 models. The main difference was the viewfinder size and addition of frame-lines for the other lenses. Yes, it was a changeable lens camera. And the lenses were very high end German Schneider-Kreuznach lenses. Three were available; 35mm, 50mm and 80mm. Kind of like a present day Fuji ,…but 35mm.
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You will notice that this clicks into place at each setting, to ensure accurate shutter speeds. When one selects a faster shutter speed, the aperture-speed coupling automatically opens the lens aperture. Adjusting the aperture to a smaller stop alters the shutter setting to a slower speed, thus keeping the exposure constant all the time, If you want to set the exposure without reference to the light value, make sure that you adjust first the shutter speed and then the aperture. If you do it the other way round, the aperture-speed coupling would alter the aperture when setting the shutter speed. To set the shutter speed, turn the shutter speed ring, until the required speed figure is opposite the shutter speed Index mark To change the aperture, pull the light value setting lever 26 slightly outwards and move it to the required value on the aperture scale