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Kodak Retina IIIC (type 028)
Manufactured from 1957 to 1960, this model was the pinnacle of Kodak's folding Retina range. An update of the Retina IIIc, it had an improved viewfinder with framelines for the wide-angle, standard, and telephoto lenses. The Retina IIIC also had the same single-range exposure meter as the Retina Reflex .
The IIIC was available with either a Retina-Xenon f/2 50mm or a Rodenstock Heligon f/2 50mm lens. The shutter is the same Synchro-Compur as was used for the Ib, IIc , and IIIc cameras.
As with the earlier Retina IIc and IIIC cameras, Retina-C type lenses were used for this model, only the front component was interchangeable, and as they were not coupled to the rangefinder directly, the wide-angle and telephoto lenses are awkward to use.
This would probably be the most desirable of the main-stream Retina models, and as such they command a good price in the market.
There were f/5.6 and f/4.0 35mm lenses, and f/4.0 80mm lenses available from Schneider or Rodenstock. As you are probably aware, a camera fitted with a Schneider lens can only use Schneider accessory lenses, and one fitted with a the Rodenstock lens can only use Rodenstock accessory lenses.