Date of Production: 1953
Type of Camera: Uncoupled Rangefinder
Film Type: 35mm
Shutter speed range: 1/25-1/200th + B
Focus areas: 1m-Infinity
ASA/ISO range: 8-200
The construction of the camera is mostly metal, the only plastic (maybe Bakelite) part is the film take-up. The film is advanced with a lever on the top of the camera, you have to move it about 120 degrees to fully advance; advancing the lever also cocks the shutter for the next shot, this is an advancement as with early and more basic Regula's you had to manually re-cock the shutter. If you remove the exposure window from inside the camera you can see this is achieved by a watch chain connected just above the film take-up to a spring loaded ratchet on the other side of the camera. The film counter is under the film advance and will only count when there is film in the camera, when rewinding film it also goes backwards and this is a good way to tell if the film has been fully rewound as it will stop clicking once it has comes off the spool. The counter is driven via a toothed wheel that sits in the film perforations; it is also connected to a latch and will prevent the shutter from firing until the counter has increased by one. The film is rewound with a knob on the other side, you need to hold down a switch on the bottom of the camera whilst doing this.
The camera has no light meter but it does have a built in extinction meter that is viewed through a separate window on the rear of the camera. The viewfinder itself is collimated but with no frame lines to help guide you. The camera has a built in rangefinder but it isn't coupled to the lens, it is controlled with a dial under the film rewind; you focus in the viewfinder, read the distance on the dial and then set it on the focus ring at the front of the camera. The lens is good Cassar type and goes from f/3.5 through to f/16. The shutter is a bit more basic with only 4 speeds and a bulb setting. The camera does have a 10 second self-timer using a lever under the lens.