This Retina 1B has been the object of a love/hate relationship
ever since it arrived. It has been spectacularly unreliable, and despite
all our efforts and every trick we know, only works for half a film at
best before jamming. It's a real shame as it in perfect cosmetic condition.
At the beginning of 2006 it was stripped yet again in the naive belief
the problem had finally been found.... alas no. It jammed after 7 frames!
So the Retina 1B will serve out the rest of it's existence as a paperweight,
but here are two pictures from it's last ever film. Thus at right we have
one of the Shetland Ponies that can be seen wandering around the New Forest
in Hampshire. This has already been cropped down slightly and represents
about 75% of the negative. With no rangefinder the distance is guessed
in my customary fashion - I imagine how many times I could fall over before
my head would hit the target, try it sometime - it works a treat for me.
It was a dull winter day and f/5.6 was the best I was going to get at
125th, so the depth of field was not going to be great....