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It’ll make you feel better, won’t it? If you use Pay Pal, use the link below. Use the above address for a check, M. At the same time pull open the baseboard 2 until it audibly clicks into position.

The camera is now ready to shoot. Before you close the camera, remember to set the focusing scale 10 to inf. Only then can you close the camera. Kodka press in the two buttons 11 at each side of the lens panel 16 ; the baseboard 2 will ioic easily fold modak even with a filter screwed into the lens. Whenever possible grip the camera with both hands. The illustrations show the position for horizontal and upright pictures.

They are, however, mainly intended as a guide; you can, of course, hold the camera in other ways, too. So try a few positions to find which suits you best. And when you have found your ideal hold, stick to it! Hold the camera in the shooting position and look thorough the eyepiece 34 of the combined view and range finder. You will see the subject as well as the reflected line frame superimposed on it we shall have more to say about that on page This eliminates difficult calculations and gives you the correct light value.

Rerina latter is a iiiic corresponding to the amount of light required for correct exposure. Point the camera at the subject, directing it slightly downwards. A black pointer will move in the rrtina 6. Turn the meter setting ring 3thus moving a red pointer until the latter coincides with the black pointer of the exposure meter. If the painter of the exposure meter does not move appreciably with the cover closed, open the cover 5 by gently pressing on the ribbed upper edge.

The green numbers on the setting ring 3 show aperture settings far exposure times longer than 1 second, or exposure times at small apertures. See page 25 for various applications of the exposure meter.

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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 Even when you have set the exposure in this way, you can use the aperture-speed coupling to adjust either the aperture or the speed at will by turning the ring It may also happen that the aperture lever or speed ring reaches the limit of its movement when adjusting the aperture speed coupling to the required aperture or shutter speed respectively.

This indicates that the lighting conditions are not suitable tar the aperture or speed you intended to use. Look through the finder eyepiece, sight the subject, and press the release button 7. If the shutter is not tensioned, you cannot press the button.


To tension the shutter, nanual out the rapid-winding lever 36 in one movement as for as it will go. Then let it shoot back into its original position. If it does not move back, you did not pull it out far enough, so carry on to complete the transport movement. You should by now be familiar with the most important operations and can take your first picture. For that, of course, you must have a film in the camera.

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Provided retona have no special type of picture in view, choose a medium-speed film of about 28 degrees BS. Before you insert the film you have to open the camera back. Before inserting the film, pull out the rewind knob 20 to its second stop. Turn the built-in take-up spool 40 by its serrated flange 40a until the slit in the core points upwards. Now push the trimmed film end into the manjal until it Is just visible on the other side of the spool core.

Then draw the film across the film track and insert the cassette into the cassette chamber. Push back the rewind knob 20 into its normal position, carefully turning it at the same time in the direction kodwk the arrow 0 tension the film. Check that the teeth of the transport sprocket 39 properly engage the perforations at the rawer edge of the film, and that at least tow perforations at the upper edge overlap the film track see illustration.

Now close the camera back.

If you are using a exposure cassette, set to the index mark between No. Now work the rapid-winding lever and press the film release button 8. Repeat this until the film counter indicates No. At the same time the rewind knob kodzk should rotate against its arrow if the film is advancing properly.

The film counter always indicates the number of shots still available. When it has reached No.

Neither the rapid-winding lever nor the release button will work further. Always remember to set the speed of the film in the camera a On the film indicator Grip the rewind knob with two ioic and turn the inner serrated ring with the thumb of the other hand until the triangular index mark paints to the type of the film loaded in the camera. If you forget this setting, you may obtain incorrect light values and thus wrong exposures.

A second window is provided for DIN speed numbers. Now you can really take your first picture.

To rewind the exposed film depress the reversing button 37 in the base of the camera and half pull out the rewind knob 20 to get at it more easily. Then turn the rewind knob in the direction of the arrow until the reversing button ceases to rotate.

This is easily observed by the small black dot near the rim of the button. Depth of field To permit instant readings of the depth of field for any aperture and distance, a depth of field scale 15 is arranged symmetrically around the distance index 9. This is how you read off the depth. To the right of the index another line with the figure retins points to 8 feet. Technically good exposures depend largely on the skilled combination of appropriate distance, shutter-speed, and aperture settings.

However, you may come across subjects oiic you just haven’t the time to work out the ideal setting or to use the rangefinder if you don’t retin to miss the picture as in sports and action shots, children at play, etc.

This gives a depth of field from about kodxk. M and X are synchronizing settings for flash. V is the self-timer setting.

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The three settings are adjusted by means of the green synchronizing lever The flash is fired on releasing the camera shutter.


The table right shows the suitable shutter speeds and the required setting of the synchronizing lever for the different types of flash. The aperture to be used can be Obtained from the so called guide numbers which are included with each package of flash bulbs.

Divide this guide number by the distance; that gives you the aperture number to use. Far easy removal and safe storage we strongly recommend the special container designed for the standard lens. In place of the standard lens removed, two alternative units can be inserted as required:.

Before inserting the lens place it in position over the mount so that the red dot 18 on the lens rim is exactly opposite the red dot on the bayonet ring To lack the lens securely and correctly in place, turn it clockwise as far as it will go, until the red dot is opposite the white dot on the bayonet ring. Before exposing with the manua, lens measure the distance] of the subject with the rangefinder of your RETINA, and read off the distance against the index 9 on the focusing scale Then turn the camera towards you and transfer the measured value to the focusing scale for the telephoto lens 25 marked in white figures on block.

To do this turn the focusing knob until the appropriate distance on the telephoto scale is opposite T-index mark Do not, however, use the black ring 25a on the telephoto lens itself for setting the distances. This ring is part of the depth-of-field indicator and serves only to show the depth of field available. Set the kodao in the same way as with the telephoto lens. Transfer the distance figure obtained with the rangefinder to the wide-angle distance scale 29 and read off from the mark Always sure to set the distance on the correct focusing score when using the interchangeable lenses.

You will find small circles on the focusing scales for the wide-angle lens at 10 feet and far the telephoto lens at 15 feet and at about 50 feet. These are the markings for the zone focus settings. Reflected light readings are taken from the camera position towards the subject as described an p. This mnual is suitable for all subjects without strong contrasts: Do not let direct light, sky light, or strong artificial light strike the honeycomb cell of the exposure meter as you may otherwise obtain too high readings, leading-to underexposure.

For incident light readings the camera is point ed from the subject towards the taking position. Kodka this method the diffusing screen 5b must always be fitted over the cell of the exposure meter irrespective of whether the cover is open or closed.

Always let okdak direct light from the light source reach the screen. This method is particularly suitable far determining the light value in against-the-light shots and snow subjects, as well as close-tips. When not in use, the exposure meter incident light diffusing screen should be retained in the elastic strap which is provided in the cover of the ever ready case. When you look correctly through the eyepiece of the finder, you will see a reflected line frame 34a.

It outlines your picture area and is always plainly visible. This helps you to find the rwtina field of view and prevents faulty sighting.