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Kodak Retina IIIc (type 021) for sale
Manufactured from 1954 to 1957, the Retina IIIc was Kodak's first Retina folder with a built-in uncoupled exposure meter in addition to a coupled rangefinder. Along with the Retina IIc introduced at the same time, this was also the first Retina with a convertible lens system of the 'c' type, also used for the later Retina IIC, Retina IIIC, and the original Retina Reflex models.There were both f/5.6 and f/4.0 35mm wide-angle, and f/4.0 80mm telephoto 'c' type lenses made, and they are fairly readily available. Only the front component is interchangeable, the rear component stays in the camera body fixed at the rear of the shutter.As they are not coupled to the rangefinder directly, the wide-angle and telephoto lenses are somewhat awkward to use, not that a little inconvenience ever stops a dedicated enthusiast from using them to their full potential. The exposure meter on this one doesn't work, not only is the metal flap broken off, but the meter movement is also open-circuit. The camera will suit a photgrapher using either a hand-held meter, or the 'sunny16' rule.
The IIIc can also found fitted with a Rodenstock Heligon lens, but this example is fitted instead with the more-common alternative, the excellent Schneider 50mm f/2 Xenon lens. The shutter is a Synchro-Compur with speeds from 1 to 1/500th of a second, it is synchronised for both bulb and electronic flash, and has a built-in self-timer.
As you are probably aware, a Retina camera fitted with a Schneider standard lens can only use Schneider accessory lenses, just as one fitted with a Rodenstock standard lens can only use Rodenstock accessory lenses.The Schneider and Rodenstock lenses are very much equivilent in performance, but are of quite different computations. The cameras and lenses are keyed to prevent the wrong brand being fitted.
I have completely stripped and rebuilt this camera. Apart from that dead exposure meter, everything works just as it should, both now, and for the foreseeable future. For sale at NZ$175, airmail shipping to the States or Europe will cost NZ$35.