This model was made from My unit, with the Synchro-Compur shutter and Retina-Xenar lens was produced between June to Spring , according to this historical chart. I was fortunate to buy a unit in excellent condition with the leather case and original instruction manual. Using the text or images on this website without permission on an ebay auction or any other site is a violation of federal law. The wind lever is moved to the bottom of the camera.
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There were 2 models. The main difference was the viewfinder size and addition of frame-lines for the other lenses. Yes, it was a changeable lens camera. And the lenses were very high end German Schneider-Kreuznach lenses. Three were available; 35mm, 50mm and 80mm. Kind of like a present day Fuji ,…but 35mm. The photos are sharp from edge-to-edge and there is no distortion or vignetting.
But it should be known that in some circles, the Schneider-Kreuznach is considered superior to both Zeiss and Leica. You want an example with clear lenses and viewfinders. While they can be cleaned, simple age will fog, yellow a viewfinder. Flare is very prevalent. Build quality is very solid. The lens positioning is very firm, and the tolerances are Leica-like. The little leather case with chromed details is alone a wonder in this day and age. Leica vs Kodak?
Another plus is this viewfinder works quite well while wearing glasses. The coolest thing? Just how it looks, and that exquisite Schneider-Kreuznach 50mm lens. The weirdest thing?
The film advance lever being on the bottom. The images are sharp and clear, especially in black and white,…they have contrast, tone and clarity.
Shut up. Everybody thinks Kodak just made crap. For some reason, they look bigger than they are.
Kodak Retina Series
In many of these fields the ground-glass screen is a distinct advantage. Page 3 The Retina Reflex IV of has, in addition to the exposure meter indicator in the reflex finder of the Model III, aperture and shutter speed values shown in a window in the finder, a red warning signal when taking pictures in extreme lighting conditions and a fresnel screen for greater brightness. Page 4 Lifting it up to the eye is then a matter of a split second. For convenience and protection the Retina Reflex should always be carried in its ever-ready case. This case is designed to hold the camera ready for use.
The German Kodak
Some people like the IIIC because it was the last and most feature laden of the line. Many repairmen refuse to work on them. All frames are visible all the time, giving a cluttered feeling. Worse, the finder or rangefinder spot are not all that bright. It also has a tendency to collect flare over the years.
KODAK RETINA III AUTOMATIC Manual
There were 2 models. The main difference was the viewfinder size and addition of frame-lines for the other lenses. Yes, it was a changeable lens camera. And the lenses were very high end German Schneider-Kreuznach lenses. Three were available; 35mm, 50mm and 80mm. Kind of like a present day Fuji ,…but 35mm.
Kodak Retina Reflex Manual
You will notice that this clicks into place at each setting, to ensure accurate shutter speeds. When one selects a faster shutter speed, the aperture-speed coupling automatically opens the lens aperture. Adjusting the aperture to a smaller stop alters the shutter setting to a slower speed, thus keeping the exposure constant all the time, If you want to set the exposure without reference to the light value, make sure that you adjust first the shutter speed and then the aperture. If you do it the other way round, the aperture-speed coupling would alter the aperture when setting the shutter speed. To set the shutter speed, turn the shutter speed ring, until the required speed figure is opposite the shutter speed Index mark