Well, it turned out that I needed another 35mm rangefinder camera. Who would've guessed. This Retina IIa is not perfect. It has a few Zeiss bumps, and the focusing helicoid and viewfinder could use a good cleaning. However, the shutter, rangefinder, lens and film advance all seem to work perfectly; and, there's no light leaks. The IIa has the same nice 6-element Xenon lens as the II, but it is quite a bit easier and faster to operate because of the lever wind and automatic shutter cocking. The very compact folding design makes it the ideal take-along camera. I shot the first roll of tri-x in it under rather harsh lighting conditions on a walk through a near-by canyon the day after a flash flood. Also, I did kind of a poor job with the processing. I'm looking forward to putting some more film through this fine little folder, and I expect it will be doing a lot of travelling with me.