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julio1fer
11-17-2012, 14:06
Got locally a nice Retina IIIc with Heligon lens:

http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a11/julio1fer/Retina%20IIIc/IMG_0428.jpg

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.

http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a11/julio1fer/201228018.jpg

http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a11/julio1fer/201228011.jpg

I still have to get used to the handling. For instance, every time I grab the camera I manage to open the meter window!

raid
11-17-2012, 16:42
Very nice, Julio. I do not have this lens on my two Retina cametas.

Brian Legge
11-17-2012, 16:49
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.

farlymac
11-17-2012, 17:55
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.

PF

Jamie Pillers
11-17-2012, 19:13
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.

julio1fer
11-18-2012, 06:55
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.