The Retina II, as mentioned has knob winding and lacks the cocking rack to arm to automatically tention the shutter. The IIa also uses a Synchro-Compur. So, it will flash synch with a modern strobe.
The cocking rack can be problematic on a folder. Although, I never had any problems with the one on my IIIc. Of the II and IIa, I'd prefer the older II, just to be on the safe side. The viewfinder on the II is right out of the 1930's. So, it is going to be squinty.
I totally forgot about the Ektar. That would be a nice lens to work with. Retinas purchased in Germany were also available with a Rodenstock lens. Just another twist in the wind.
- Andrew in Austin, Texas -
35mm Gear Bessa R, Leica II, - IIIf RD/ST, - IIIg, - M3
Medium Format Fuji GW 690III / Minolta Autocord
MF Folders Agfa Record III and Super Isolette / Voigtlander Perkeo II and Bessa II
Digital a D300 with a some primes
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