Regula L

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Regula L

The Regula L is a 35mm viewfinder camera built in Germany by King for their Regula range, from 1958[1]. Unlike the later Regulette, this has a metal chassis rather than plastic. Film advance is by black-coloured lever, rewind by a thin knob fitted with a film reminder. The back hinges open, held closed by simply clipping over the end of the camera.

The camera is similar to most Regulas, with shutter speeds in the 1/30th-1/250th range and a bulb setting, apertures f/2.8-16, focus is set with a black ring on the front and the DOF ring scale just behind to determine the focal range for the selected f-stop. One nice feature on this model is the front mounted shutter release, it's very smooth and makes holding the camera steady to take pictures much easier; it also makes advancing the film lever easier since you don't have to move your index finger out of the way to do it. The camera shoe has two known variations, open ended and closed one piece molded to the camera; flash/bulb sync is done with a PC connector on the bottom right of the lens/shutter housing. On the top of the shutter is a 10 second self-timer lever.

Variants with Prontor-SVS can be found with shutter speeds down to 1 s.

Regula L was also assembled in Zagreb, Yugoslavia, and equipped with Ghetaldus Ghenar 45 mm F/2.8 lens.

Regula LE

The Regula LE is the rangefinder version of the Regula L. It shares the same body style and construction but has an improved Prontor-SVS shutter with a larger speed range, light value markings and a rangefinder focusing ring on the front of the lens; this is the only known fixed lens rangefinder Regula to have the focusing ring on the front as the Cita/RM had theirs behind the lens. The Regula IIIc/IIId do have front mounted focusing rings but they aren't fixed lens cameras. The shutter and aperture system on the camera is the same as the III series Regulas where the range of the speeds and apertures is set by the light value markers on the aperture ring. The lack of a built in light meter makes this rather useless, forcing you to use a separate light meter or just guess.


  1. McKeown p.813