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julio1fer
12-06-2015, 10:56
I got locally at a reasonable price a set including the IIIc with 50mm Xenon, the Schneider 80mm and 35mm in their bubbles, and the auxiliary viewfinder.

http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a11/julio1fer/Retina%20IIIc/Retina_IIIc_Schneider_small_zpsewinyc6n.jpg

The chrome in the top of the body was long gone, so the technician took it out. I can brag that this is a "special-series" yellow-top IIIc. :p

The Xenon is a fabulous lens. This was at noon, to check RF focus at close distances.

http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a11/julio1fer/Retina%20IIIc/2015017020_zpsfpzhgawt.jpg

http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a11/julio1fer/Retina%20IIIc/2015017028_zpsgvwjoe1u.jpg

I was curious to see how the auxiliary lenses performed.

Despite the help obtained in another thread, I found the lenses difficult to focus because of the complex procedure to follow. The 80mm is especially clumsy because of its size and lower DOF. When I got it right (not often), the results were quite acceptable, although not on par with modern equivalents. An example of the 80mm Longar:

http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a11/julio1fer/Retina%20IIIc/2015017019_zpsyzvjvlcf.jpg

The tiny 35mm Curtagon is easier to use, and the shorter focal distance is more forgiving of operator confusion.

http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a11/julio1fer/Retina%20IIIc/2015017003_zpskqwdy2dw.jpg

I do not think that I will be using these auxiliary lenses a lot, although they do their job. Great Yellow Father may have got its goal of an interchangeable-lens folding Retina, but I'd rather use the IIIS.

In fact, I have never heard of any other folder with interchangeable lenses. A dead-end of camera evolution, and maybe interesting for collectors just for that reason.

Thanks for looking and for any comments. Film was Pan F+ in Beutler.

FrankS
12-06-2015, 11:03
Love my lllc too! It's only a plain chrome one though. ;)

farlymac
12-07-2015, 07:16
Lovely results there, Julio. The Retina auxiliary lenses were likely Kodak's way of keeping folks from jumping ship to Leica, Contax, or any other interchangeable lens rangefinder. But I don't think it really helped much in the long run. Also, the other 35mm lens was about the same size as the 80mm, though a stop faster than the smaller one. Just way too much glass hanging out there in my opinion. It really detracted from the original design of what was supposed to be a quick to use camera.

PF

Moto-Uno
12-07-2015, 07:23
Lets not forget the aux lenses for the Yashica Electro 35 .
Peter

julio1fer
12-07-2015, 15:47
Thanks! PF, I believe that you are right. Just too much glass for a folder.

The Xenon justifies it all, anyway.

Chris Sherlock
12-12-2015, 19:28
That Retina IIIc certainly looks very interesting stripped down to the brass. That must have taken a fair bit of work to achieve that.

I have some very ugly top covers here, so perhaps I should give it a go too.

Regards, Chris

farlymac
12-12-2015, 20:19
That Retina IIIc certainly looks very interesting stripped down to the brass. That must have taken a fair bit of work to achieve that.

I have some very ugly top covers here, so perhaps I should give it a go too.

Regards, Chris

Put it in a sonic cleaner with lime Kool-Aid. We used to prep all our plating that way a few years ago.

PF