Regula Super

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Regula Super

The Regula Super is a 35mm interchangeable lens rangefinder camera with a built-in uncoupled light meter built by King for their Regula range from 1959. It uses a bayonet mount that is unique to King rangefinder models. A range of lenses for it were made by Enna, Steinheil and Isco between 28mm and 135mm; a list of the lenses available is on the King Regula Rangefinder Lenses page. All lenses use a 45mm filter thread for filters.

The viewfinder has been upgraded from the previous generation Regula IIId and has bright lines for 50, 90 and 135mm lenses, selectable by a switch on the top plate, 50mm lines are always visible. You will need an accessory finder for lenses under 50mm in focal length.

The Bewi light meter is easier to use and read than the old Gossen ones. Set your film speed and point the camera at your subject, this takes a reading. Turn the metal ring around the light meter dial and match the red needle to the white needle. The red number on the dial will be used on the shutter to set the correct exposure value. Once that is done the exposure is set and it limits you to a particular set of shutter speeds/apertures, this lets you adjust for depth of field without affecting the exposure of the shot.

  • Lens: Bayonet mount, 28mm, 35mm, 50mm, 90mm and 135mm lenses available
  • Shutter: Prontor-SVS - Bulb, 1s, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/15, 1/30, 1/60, 1/125 and 1/300th or 1/500th.
  • Apertures: Supports lenses from f/1.9 to f/22 in 1 stop increments
  • Light meter: Bewi selenium type
  • Self timer: Yes, around 10 seconds, use V mode switch on the lens
  • Flash: PC socket on the body, flash synchronization at all speeds, X and M modes
  • Strap lugs: Yes, on the front of the body, use split rings and attach a neck strap to those.



Regula Super Automatic

The Regula Super Automatic is a 35mm interchangeable lens rangefinder camera with a built-in coupled light meter built by King for their Regula range from 1959. It uses a bayonet mount that is unique to King rangefinder models. A range of lenses for it were made by Enna, Steinheil and Isco between 28mm and 135mm; a list of the lenses available is on the King Regula Rangefinder Lenses page. All lenses use a 45mm filter thread for filters.

The viewfinder is the same as the Regula Super and has bright lines for 50, 90 and 135mm lenses, selectable by a switch on the top plate, 50mm lines are always visible. You will need an accessory finder for lenses under 50mm in focal length.

The light meter is coupled to the ISO and aperture rings. It has two needles, a white needle and a red needle. The white needle moves with the light and the red needle moves when you change the ISO dial or change aperture. The red needle is the guide and you are meant to line up both needles for the correct exposure. So point the camera at your subject then try to line up the red needle by changing the aperture until it matches up with the white needle. Once that is done the exposure is set and it limits you to a particular set of shutter speeds/apertures, this lets you adjust for depth of field without affecting the exposure of the shot.

  • Lens: Bayonet mount, 28mm, 35mm, 50mm, 90mm and 135mm lenses available
  • Shutter: Prontor-SLK - Bulb, 1s, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/15, 1/30, 1/60, 1/125 and 1/300th or 1/500th.
  • Apertures: Supports lenses from f/1.9 to f/22 in 1 stop increments
  • Light meter: Bewi selenium type
  • Self timer: Yes, around 10 seconds, use V mode switch on the lens
  • Flash: PC socket on the body, flash synchronization at all speeds, X and M modes
  • Strap lugs: Yes, on the front of the body, use split rings and attach a neck strap to those.


Regula Super Automatic, 1/300th top speed model (Front/Top)
images by Raúl Sá Dantas (Image rights)


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