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Old 08-11-2016   #81
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I recently cleaned the VF and RF patch of my IIIC. Gaining access was pretty easy:

Remove the screw to the right of the meter, and the two under the left rewind knob (pull the knob up to access them). The top plate will pull up, then rotate it 90 degrees to the body, so it sits on top of the camera. This gives you access to the VF and RF optics without having to remove the rewind knob/shaft.

Careful cleaning with optical grade swabs left my camera's VF much cleaner, and the RF patch brighter.

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Old 07-03-2017   #82
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I bought an absolute gem of a Retina IIIc the other day. It's almost too nice to use, and cost me less than $100. I think it's unlikely I can find a Barnack Leica with a lens in such condition without a lot of luck.

As long as you only use the 50mm lens, the Retina has a lot to recommend it over the Leica, including flash sync at all speeds and the integrated viewfinder/rangefinder.

Something about the Retinas makes me smile. They seem so cute and fun.
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I've only had my Retina II (type 014) for a few weeks but instantly it felt great in the hand. The lens is dead sharp of course. I wouldn't be able to chose between it and my Leotax F. Different beasts for different occasions. The Retina wins on size and combined viewfinder/,rangefinder.

Even with a modestly dirty viewfinder it's exceptionally easy to use.
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Very high quality durable body designs and manufacturing

Great lenses

Easy to repair and maintain

Those are reasons I began to collect and use them - - -

Retina IIa, Retina IIIc, and the terrific (often ridiculed) and fun to use little Signet 35

. . . on to finding more for the collection . . .
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Since I got the M2 I sold the Leica IIIc.
I am shooting the first roll in a near mint Retina IIa.
I'm keeping my Leica Standard and the M2.
Depending on how the first roll turns out on the IIa, I'm either keeping it or gifting it to a friend.
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