Some time ago I visited a good friend who showed me his small camera collection. He is not a collector in the sense that he goes around buying cameras, but he has taken care of the cameras he and his family have had throughout the years. I found them so interesting that I am going to show them to you here. I will also include some of the cameras I have used myself. I have had more than twenty cameras, but most of them were sold to finance the next buy.
Here is the first camera, a Kodak Retina 1a. My scout leaders were keen photographers, and they had Retina 2b. I still remember their advice to get a camera with 2.8 as the largest aperture. The camera in the picture had “only” 3.5. When I handled this Retina today, I was amazed about the engineering behind it. They really knew how to make cameras at the time! It is a folding camera, so it does not take up much space and is a camera you could carry everywhere. An idea to take another look at today?