I was given this beautiful piece of German craftsmanship by my grandfather for my birthday this year. After using it for awhile, I can safely say it is one of the best fully manual rangefinders I’ve ever seen, and I’m so lucky to have one! Thanks, Granddad!
I have the habit of asking any of the older people I know if they have cameras they don’t want anymore, my grandparents being the most bothered. My grandfather insisted that he didn’t have any left, but he was obviously lying so that he could surprise me for my birthday, which was perfectly fine with me. He bought it in Germany in 1954, and it had served for a long, long time, but was still perfect when he gave it to me. It took awhile to get used to lining up the “focus diamond” in the viewfinder to make sure subjects are in focus, but after getting used to that, it’s been a breeze to use, though I recommend using a light meter with it if you can get one. Additionally, I found that you can double expose in-camera by holding down the rewind button while advancing the film. While awkward, it’s a great technique and a wonderful feature, and is also why you should always read the manual for the camera. If you’re looking for a good vintage camera, the Kodak Retina II C is highly recommended.
The specs, for those who want to know:
Lens: Schneider-Kreuznach Xenon C 50mm f2.8 lens
Viewfinder: Rangefinder with focus diamond
Shutter Speed: 1 – 1/500th of a second, Bulb
Aperture: f2.8 – f22
Double Exposure: Yes
Flash: PC with accessory (cold) shoe
Focus: ~2.5 – Infinity
Tripod Mount: Yes