Newb to Analog - seeking information on the Retina iii C (Big C)
I've recently inherited several cameras from my Dad. The easiest one to use, is the Canonette. But by FAR, the hardest one to use, is the Retinna iiiC "Big C", I have no idea what I am doing here! LOL
I have a few specific questions about things that I'm having trouble with. Everything else, I think I'd doing swell on; I think!
First thing; how on earth do you TAKE a photo? There are so many buttons! This is not a camera you can just set on a table & click! There goes the shutter. I got a general idea, but...not so sure if I'm right.
Second thing; sometimes, I can actually get the shutter to go. But usually, when I take a photo, the camera just sits there. No "click!" noise, no sound of the film rolling up inside the body, no whirring and buzzing noises from the inside. Nothing. I've lost just about every roll of film I've shot so far...because I can take 3 photos, and then, on the 4th photo, the camera just STOPS. What on earth am I doing? I'm so worried I broke the poor thing, but every-time I re-load the camera, boom! It'll take photos again. I know a very accommodating gentleman who fixes cameras in our area, and I have no fear should I break my camera in some way as he can fix ANYTHING so at least that's a perk - being in the business for 70 years gives the guy a really great rep.
Third thing. Can someone humor my dad? He gave this thing to me after his father passed away, and unfortunately, after Grandpa went, so did ALL of the information on our various parts. The camera & it's parts are not for sell -- it's an heirloom ! -- but Dad really wants to know how much our thing costs as a "set", he needs peace of mind and I cannot find a way to find out how much this runs for all together. Help?!
a leather bag, a leather strap in a round leather case
a hard case that the camera slips into, which has another leather strap and a little "flap" that goes over the top of the camera
the body, a 50mm lens, a 30mm lens, a 4-80mm lens, and I think Dad said he has a 25mm lens somehwhere, but don't quote me on that, I don't really know.
Plastic bubbles for the lenses - 1 BIG one, and 1 small one.
several "jump" rings, glass filters, and some sort of thick, orange glass - round, cracked with age now, but very dense and honey colored.
a metal bit for the smaller lens; it has a flare on the end. What is this?!
a very old, very unusable flash box & moth-eaten coil
several pamphlets & some sort of "guide" setting thing -- it spins around and tells you what sorts of settings to use in specific conditions.
a cute little plastic case for the lens filters & other bits & bobbles, like the jump-ring things.
How on earth would I find out how much that is worth? Dad really wants to know, and I don't know what to tell him. Ebay never has all of those things for sell all at once, and locally, no one knows what a Retina is, other than my repair man, but he isn't buying and I'm not selling. Can any of you give me a rough guess of what this is all worth all together? I'm in America, by the way...
I've heard such AMAZING things about the Retina cameras, so much so that I'm not even thinking about getting another DSLR (I sold my one and only one to help me and my wife move.) I'm so excited about learning about film that I'm seriously thinking about devoting myself to learning HOW to use analog, and I don't plan on it being an easy thing to do so I'm guessing I'll be at this for many years to come. But if I don't get into DSLRs anytime soon, please help me God, I wanna learn everything I can about film - LOL!
Can anyone point me in the right direction, as to finding photos done with the Retina iiiC? Specifically photos that have used the 4-80mm lens, and the 35mm lens as well. Got any names you can drop my way? We live next to an awesome bookstore, and I'd really like to look up photographers who shoot with this beautiful analog baby.
If I can think of any other questions, I will let you know.
Otherwise, thank GOD for this forum!