This is one of my all time favorite cameras. Approx. 136,000 were made between 1954 – 1957. Kodak acquired German manufacturer Nagel in order to produce a camera that could compete with Contax and Leica. A folding camera, it’s gorgeous to look at and small, light and easy to carry. While I found the portability appealing it was really the lens that impressed me. This particular camera has a fairly fast (f2.8) Schneider Retina-Xenon lens. It’s sharp and I like the way it renders: delicate, almost pastel colors. I’ve read that it also has interchangeable lenses (achieved by swapping out the front element).
For all that I love this camera it can also be annoying.
First it requires you to use the infamous exposure value (EV) system i.e. rather than setting shutter speed and aperture separately instead you set an exposure value. After that when you change the shutter speed the aperture will automatically change with it. Sounds as if it could be quite useful, but I find it inconvenient and limiting.
Second you can’t close the cover until you set focus to infinity.
Third. The frame counter counts down. When it reaches one, the camera no longer winds.
Fourth. The film advance lever is on the bottom of the camera. Not what I’m used to, but maybe I’ll get used to it.
These are all minor inconveniences that I’m willing to tolerate for the lovely results the camera produces.
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