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    Thanks! I think I'll opt for another IIIc or maybe a IIIC. I handled a IIIC once. From my recollection the viewfinder magnification was noticeably larger and brighter, my but the patch was worse... usable but definitely inferior to my IIIc (maybe a bad sample?). I liked the viewfinder but I wasn't so sure if it's worth double the price. However, the Kodak Retina is my favorite 35mm camera so I now think that it is!

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    I must update to the newer folding one from my 1936 Retina 119 to get the RF

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    Quote Originally Posted by msbarnes View Post
    Thanks! I think I'll opt for another IIIc or maybe a IIIC. I handled a IIIC once. From my recollection the viewfinder magnification was noticeably larger and brighter, my but the patch was worse... usable but definitely inferior to my IIIc (maybe a bad sample?). I liked the viewfinder but I wasn't so sure if it's worth double the price. However, the Kodak Retina is my favorite 35mm camera so I now think that it is!
    The IIIC has a far better patch than the IIIc so yours must have been defective..

    Another fine Retina with the large view-rangefinder is the IIIS. It is a rigid front rangefinder that uses lens from 28mm - 135mm and unlike the IIc/C, IIIc/C does not require transferring focus distance to the wide or tele scale plus each lens will automatically change the brightline focal length scale in the viewfinder..

    Below is my IIIS with 50mm f/2.8 lens.. I have a 50mm f/1.9 Retina-Xenon on the way...

    Leicarfcam aka Colyn

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    Yes, the IIIS is a great camera. I use the 28mm most of the time, and have a 50mm 2.8 and the 135mm f4. I can't really get on with the 135mm - the focus/viewfinder area is just too small. I had mine a while and then the cord broke, so it went on its holidays to Chris Sherlock in NZ, and came back CLAd and fixed. I also have a IIc which sees action from time to time. I thought this one was going to have to go on its hols too, as the shutter kept sticking, but I cleaned it out with spray alcohol and then lubed it with watch oil, and so far its behaving.

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    Having an elderly one I too desire the IIa

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    The lens is the Retina-Xenar, uncoated, good by realistic standards, but not by current ones - The tiny squinty viewfinder is surprisingly good

    It is the prettiest camera I have and very tiny, so I love it for snapshots except it attracts "Oh wow" attention, which my Vitessa or Nikon F do not

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    I have an old Retina 1 which needs some TLC and some recovering... Click image for larger version. 

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    www.EASmithV.com

    "The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera."— Dorothea Lange
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    RIP Kodachrome

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    Kodak Retina 118

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    I have used this little guy a fair amount.

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    Indoor picture handheld 1/10 sec about f3.5
    Robert bateman at the Whyte Museum in Banff Alberta.

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