I was out walking/photographing when I came across a flea market and to my delight there was a table selling old cameras. Among other stuff which I had no way of testing, there was a Kodak Retina IIF in its brown leather ‘never ready’ case. I could see the front element was clear, the camera looked good, the shutter fired and sounded accurate, the rangefinder appeared to work – to cut a long story short the camera followed me home. Sadly there was no exposed film inside, but the camera itself worked fine. It’s made very differently from my other cameras – for example there are no light seals – everything fits so crisply there’s no _need_ for foam. The mechanics are very different too – it’s hard to get used to the winder on the bottom, and the shutter on the front plate. That said, folks probably shot a lot less back then! The selenium meter still responds to light, though it’s off. Strangely it appears to underexpose (not overexpose like I would have expected it to). The rangefinder was a bit dim, which I could improve by pasting a dot of insulating tape in the center. The shutter works fine, but the springs sound ‘tired’ when trying the longer exposures. Someone put a lot of thought designing the viewfinder – through the viewfinder I can see the meter and centering notch, and also the shutter speed and aperture on the lens barrel! They say a picture is worth a thousand words so I will cut to a picture of the camera - and my light meter Here are some images from Chicago (all exposures on Kodak T-Max 100). Metered using the “light meter” app on android, in reflective mode. The mix of old camera, modern emulsion and smartphone worked surprisingly well!