Kodak Retina III c with Schneider Kreuznach Retina Xenon C 50mm F/2 Lens and Case - 35mm Film Rangefinder Camera - Fully Functional
Here we have a beautiful and fully functional Kodak Retina III c with Schneider-Kreuznach Retina Xenon C 50mm F/2 lens and case. This camera is fully functional and ready to produce another lifetime of fantastic photos.
All aspects of this camera work as they should. The lens is in excellent condition, with glass elements free of fungus, haze, scratches, and separation. The leaf shutter blades actuate beautifully and are unmarred. The aperture blades are in beautiful condition.
The focus ring spins with wonderfully directed weight, and the aperture ring clicks into its detents with mechanical precision. All shutter speeds are accurate.
The viewfinder is clear and clean, and the frame line indicators are bright and unfaded. The rangefinder focusing patch is clear and correct, and alignment is spot on. All levers, dials, switches, and buttons work as they should. The film compartment is clean and clear, and the sprockets and spools are all excellent.
The Kodak Retina series of cameras were manufactured in Germany for Kodak by a company founded by one of the most respected camera designers in Germany, Dr August Nagel. Nagel worked at Zeiss after Nagel's original company merged with others to form the famous Zeiss Ikon in 1919, and years later he would split to form the company that would produce Kodak's Retina.
This model, the III c is the most advanced Retina produced to its day, and it featured incredible advancements, such as an incredibly sharp and fast 50mm F/2 lens made by either Schneider Kreuznach or Rodenstock, and the inclusion of a beautiful viewfinder with a coupled rangefinder, making composition easier and focus faster.
The Schneider lens included here makes amazingly sharp images, and color film shots are rendered gorgeously saturated with incredible contrast.
Truly a masterpiece of classic photography, this Retina III c deserves to be used and appreciated.
It will be carefully packaged and shipped immediately.