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Retina IIIc with Heligon
Old 11-17-2012   #1
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Retina IIIc with Heligon

Got locally a nice Retina IIIc with Heligon lens:



The meter works perfectly. Results from the first roll are encouraging. I had no reference for the Heligon lens - it is on par with the best I have.





I still have to get used to the handling. For instance, every time I grab the camera I manage to open the meter window!
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Very nice, Julio. I do not have this lens on my two Retina cametas.
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I know what you mean about the meter cover - I have the same issue. One of these times I'm going to accidentally break that cover off. :/

Very nice shots btw.
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I've always liked Rodenstock lenses, from the time when I had a Polaroid 110B. The one on the Iloca Aut-O-Mat that wound up with Philip last year (from the NFf Christmas Give-Away) was another fine example (it and the Polaroid were both Ysarex versions). I've got an Agfa Karat 36 right now with the Karat-Heligon that will be one of my winter repair projects, and I'm looking forward to seeing if it's as good as the Agfa Solinar on my other Karat.

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Quote:
Originally Posted by julio1fer View Post
I still have to get used to the handling. For instance, every time I grab the camera I manage to open the meter window!
I had one of these cameras for awhile. I too really liked the image quality. I also liked the handling, even though its a bit quirky compared to a Leica-type rangefinder. Much more 'old school' feel about it.

I solved the meter cover opening too easily problem with a pair of needle-nosed pliers. Just gently bend the little indented piece of the cover a bit and it'll have a stronger grasp when closed.
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Old 11-18-2012   #6
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Thanks for the kind comments. When shooting these old, well-cared cameras, sometimes I can feel the blessings of the previous owners!

Indeed, the meter window problem can be solved by gentle bending. Thanks for the tip.
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