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Retina Ib

Retina Ib

Style, film format Folding fixed-lens zone-focus 35mm

Lens, shutter Coated 50mm f/2.8 Schneider-Kreuznach Retina-Xenar, Synchro-Compur

Photo quality Very good to excellent

Ergonomics Very nice, no meter or rangefinder

This is a very pleasant camera that demands the full attention of the photographer.

Here's why: The camera has neither a rangefinder nor a meter, so the photographer should carry a handheld meter or rangefinder, or both.

Depth of field when shooting the f/2.8 50mm Xenar lens is rather shallow, especially for closeups. The photographer must be extremely accurate when setting lens distance. An external rangefinder is recommended with this camera.

In use, it's a nice little camera, as were all of the later Retinas. The viewfinder is located directly above the lens, so there isn't a huge parallax problem. The photographer would have to make a small vertical adjustment for closeups.

The Synchro-Compur shutter is its usual reliable sturdy mechanism, so the only concern the photographer has is to ensure focus and exposure are correct.

The newly designed Retina featured a bottom-mounted film advance and a round shape that is visually nice and also easy to hold.