We Poles see men and women in things, everywhere. A "house" is him, "floor" is her, and "scisors" are two women. High gender dependance makes our language interesting in a synesthetic sort of way I would say, and very close to the heart, but it complicates things, too. Well, a camera, for example, is male in Polish, but only if it is just a camera. If it is a particular camera, then it depends on the brand, or even on the model. Nikon is still him, but Yashica is a woman. Canon – boy. Zorkij – girl. Lomo – neutral (the same gender as a "child" in Polish). And it could go on an on like this. Still, since a generic "camera" is masculine, the few cameras manufactured in Poland when the very limited Polish camera industry still existed, were all named like men. Druh, Ami, Start, Fenix (camera names you may never heard of and that is perfectly normal), they were all boys. The only example I can think of is the girl Alfa, but she is exceptional and obscure in many ways, and honestly it did not even look like a proper male camera. Alfa deserves a separate article anyway. Yet, even though I started with Polish because it is familiar to me, of course strong gender dependance is not limited to Polish language. All Slavic languages have it, and the French too. Which brings me to the actual subject, i.e. the cameras whose names end with the French feminine dimunitive ending "ette". When I realized just how many of these existed, I started by trying to figure out which was first. Out of those "ettes" I was able to find, Kodak Retinette seems to be the earliest. The one featured here is a 35 mm viewfinder camera, while the first Retinettes were folders, but the name was apparently catchy so Kodak used it for very different designs. AkArette (from 47) Arette (from 56) Beirette (from 58) Dacora Dignette (Ilford took it and made a man of it: Ilford Sportsman) (from 55) Kodak Retinette (from 39) Paxette (from 51) Regulette (?) Agfa Isolette (from 51) Agfa Silette (from 57) Zeiss Icon Continette (from 60) Please feel free to add to that list -- I'd be happy to know more. I have one Dignette, and one Retinette, plus an Ilford Sportsman based on the former, unfortunately without the diminutive ending. The example featured today is Kodak Retinette IA, a camera I bought for the equivalent of a few dollars, in very good condition. It was dirty and everything was stiff, but all it needed to get back to life was good cleaning, inside and outside. I did not need to disassemble the shutter; it started opening and closing properly after I worked it for a while. The lens is not overly fast, and the selection of shutter speeds is not very rich. Also, this is just a simple viewfinder with no meter. But I must say this is one of the most aesthetically pleasing camera I have handled -- very well made, with all mechanisms working very smoothly (almost no force needed to wind the film -- I don't know how they did that), and above all very small design (the camera is smaller than it appears on photographs). The second viewing window you see is for "lightened" framing lines; it is not a rangefinder. Not much more to say, really, apart from summing all up in "ette" terms: Retinette has a filigree silhouette, the lens casts pleasing vignette, and though the quality of images is a bit of a roulette (no meter + "guess" rangefinder), they are still good enough even for a gazette. All photos taken on cheap Superia 200, using only Sunny 16 for metering, and my best guess for measuring the distance. Developed in the cheapest chain lab, poorly scanned. I'm planning to improve at least on the last bit in my future posts here. Someone I met at our local car auction. 1/60 s, f/8, distance: 3 meters. Running in school corridor. I forgot to note the settings, but the conditions were suboptimal for ISO 200. Butterfly. 1/30; f/8; 1.7 meters Bus stop. 1/60 s, f/8, distance: 3 meters. Close distance. 1/125 s, f/8, distance: below 1 meter.