While I've had the simple Retina 1a for some time, I'd never really used it much, though the 50mm Schneider Kreuznach Retina-Xenar f/3.5 is a great little lens. The squinty viewfinder lets the camera down, on my copy at least, and I had to remember to place subject matter to one side of the viewfinder to get it centered in the negative. So when I was offered a Retina IIa, with the added luxury of a built-in rangefinder, I took the plunge. However, the IIa (Type 011) seemed to be almost a retrograde step; the viewfinder was just as poor, the film wind had reverted back to a knob as opposed to the lever on the 1a that advanced the film and cocked the shutter, and the shutter had to be cocked on a lever adjacent to the lens. Despite the bright and accurate rangefinder and the lovely 50mm SK Retina-Xenon f/2 lens, I was disappointed. Then, as if by magic, in the space of a week I was offered two Retina IIc's (Type 020), both in excellent condition and very reasonably priced. "Right", I thought, "I'll give the Retinas another chance". Here's a pic of one of them, in it's almost pristine condition, complete with the little Metraphot meter that accompanied it.