A few months ago my dad found a guy that was selling a handful of really old cameras. He bought the lot and included was a super cute compact Kodak Retina Ia. This little guy dates back to 1951! The glass was clean and relatively dust free. This model is a folder camera which means that it has some bellows that pull out with the lens. The addition of a flash sync slot and a winder instead of a knob made this model a bit more modern than the ones before it. I was surprised at how great of a condition it was in, aside from a little mold on the front leather the insides were extremely clean. Someone definitely loved this, enough to even engrave their name on it!
You can get these pretty cheap off of eBay for around $30-$50 in working condition. I looked on Etsy and someone is trying to sell one on there for $400 – don’t buy that. This camera takes 35mm film, we used Tri-X b&w. The following photos are taken by Andrew on a shoot I did a few months back. He used the Sunny 16 Rule since there is no light meter and we didn’t have an external one handy.
If you have this camera and want to use the Sunny 16 rule, check out these charts I found on Google Images. *If you made any of them, please let me know so I can give you credit!
Find more of Andrew’s work on his website.
Want to see the actual color shoot were the twins were dressed up in the woods? Click here.