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Saying hello with a Retina IIIS
Old 12-26-2012   #1
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Saying hello with a Retina IIIS

Got my Retina IIIS back from restauration and can't wait to get the first film developed.
Chris Sherlock did a perfect work on this beauty!
Thanks Chris if you read this ;-)

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Old 12-26-2012   #2
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thats one very nice looking camera, very nice indeed
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I think I could like a IIIS. No more messing with that door in the way, and an honest lens barrel to grip. I think the IIIC was the best folder 35mm ever built, and the IIIS just improves on that.

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I think the Voigtländer Vitessa was the best 35mm folder ever, but I do like My IIc
The IIIS looks superb, bigger, better viewfinder, and very good lenses too.

And Chris Sherlock is THE man for Retinas. Mine came back like new. Is the meter accurate? I was surprised that the one on my Vitessa is 100% accurate, compared to a Sekonic.
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I think the Voigtländer Vitessa was the best 35mm folder ever, but I do like My IIc
The IIIS looks superb, bigger, better viewfinder, and very good lenses too.

And Chris Sherlock is THE man for Retinas. Mine came back like new. Is the meter accurate? I was surprised that the one on my Vitessa is 100% accurate, compared to a Sekonic.
It looks like that the meter is pretty acurate - but more to say when I get back my first film this afternoon.
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Old 12-27-2012   #6
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While getting the film developed, I found another IIIS and bougt it
Optical nice, meter working, metercord ain't broken with a 2,8 50mm but the shutter isn´t working nicely - all is sticky and stiff but for 16,-€ I couldn't resist.
I think Chris will get a new job next year

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The film turned out well and I´m scanning it @ the moment.
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Old 12-28-2012   #7
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Nice looking camera and photos. Never had one myself. I was introduced to Weltas after my father died, and have liked them much ever since. I think there are similarities except for light meters in your model. Hope you get the photos you want with it and your 'new' one.
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Very good results.

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Is it a leaf shutter in the lens? Sorry, I don't know much about Retinas.
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Is it a leaf shutter in the lens? Sorry, I don't know much about Retinas.
Leaf shutter behind the lens - so you get a full interchangable lens - not like the IIIc/C or the Zeiss Ikon Contaflex just a frontelement.
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Judging from your results, I'd say that's some camera!
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Judging from your results, I'd say that's some camera!
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Beautiful camera. I have a Retina 1a and a 2a. The F2 Xenon lens on the 2a is especially sharp...........sometimes I think it surpasses the 50mm cron on my M3. The 1a is a viewfinder only but it is fun to go out with the grandkids on a "sunny 16" day, set hyperfocal F16 and take wonderful images. Congratulations on your new Retina. You will find it to be a lifetime keeper!
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Beautiful camera. I have a Retina 1a and a 2a. The F2 Xenon lens on the 2a is especially sharp...........sometimes I think it surpasses the 50mm cron on my M3. The 1a is a viewfinder only but it is fun to go out with the grandkids on a "sunny 16" day, set hyperfocal F16 and take wonderful images. Congratulations on your new Retina. You will find it to be a lifetime keeper!
For sure I will keep it as long as possible!
I started fotografie with my fathers VF Zeiss Ikon contina IIa - ( now I have a few of these ;-) )
Have SLR Systems (Voigtländer Bessamatic - Zeiss Ikon Contaflex - Canon FD - Nikon AF - Yashica FX-3
RF Voigtländer Vito CSR and Vitoret LR
But allways wantes a rangefinder with interchangeable lenses like a Leica.
With collecting the Bessamatic stuff I came across the Kodak Retina reflex and found out that you can use the Schneider-Kreuznach and Rodenstock lenses with the Bessamatic just with a minor change.

http://rick_oleson.tripod.com/index-150.html

Next step was that with this knowlegde I crossed the Retina IIIs!
The fullfill of my dreams! A RF with interchangeable lenses - leafshutter - German made and lenses that can be used on my voigtländer Bessamatic!

I couldn't use the Voigtländer lenses on the IIIs -they don't have the rangefinder coupling, but on a Retina Reflex you could do it this way too.

So this little beauty suits my collection well and will be used as often as possible.
I still hope to find the 4,0 85mm - 4,0 28mm and the 1,9 50mm to get the range complete.
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Just sold my IIIC kit. Now I think I'm going to cry a bit as I pack it up and drop it at the post...
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Will be interessting how the Retina performances with color film - the Fuji Superia 200 is nearly finished - next test will be a Kodak EliteChrome 100 to test the meter - which is extemly accuarate compared to my Nikon F90!
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Okay, you've convinced me. I'll trade in my IIIC for a IIIS, though it may be a while. Too many things going on right now to make the change

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All Fuji Superia 200 - the slight vignettiation of the 2,8 35mm curtagon is nice!
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Okay, now I'm also going to have to move to your hometown, and rent a place on the same floor. Great view from your kitchen! Beautiful shots around your town, and nice low-light work. I'm really enjoying this thread.

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oof, that is a beauty of a camera. I just passed one of those up at a thrift store for $15. It had a sticky shutter and a few other issues that I wasn't confident in fixing myself, but I may be kicking myself now!
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oof, that is a beauty of a camera. I just passed one of those up at a thrift store for $15. It had a sticky shutter and a few other issues that I wasn't confident in fixing myself, but I may be kicking myself now!
I bought another one with the same issues like you said and even the 2,8 50mm for 16,-€ and will send it to Chris in summer together with 2 of my Bessamatic.

This little beauty is the cam I´m searching for.
Light - easy to handle - good lenses - so sad that it was the last of the line.
Just imagine there would be a new Retina Xs to buy - maybe with TTL metering and a faster shutter - and a digital body too!
Oh God I don´t wanna think about it where Leica than would be!!!!
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Okay, now I'm also going to have to move to your hometown, and rent a place on the same floor. Great view from your kitchen! Beautiful shots around your town, and nice low-light work. I'm really enjoying this thread.

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Thanks a lot!

I would move a bit more to the right - next house then you wouldn't get the Street lamp into your view like I have

These are just test how this cam behaves - 2nd roll of film und first colour.
The low light shots where @ 1/15 2,8 just to see if you can do it handhold.
Normaly I´m a Kodak guy but I had a roll of Fuji Superia 200 around and gave him a try.
nice Film for low light but a daylight the colours are not mine!
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Yeah, the Fuji can be a bit cold at times.

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Old 08-18-2013   #27
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The meter is accurate enough for slide film!

Schloß Ambras by Michael Relguag, auf Flickr

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To say it again Chris Sherlock did a fantastic job on this cam!
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Wow, those are really nice shots! I'm excited to see them as I just received my first IIIS in the mail today. Can't wait to put it to good use!

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Wow, those are really nice shots! I'm excited to see them as I just received my first IIIS in the mail today. Can't wait to put it to good use!

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Thanks!

Here an other one from the gardens of the castle of Amras Innsbruck/Tyrol/Austria

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Very nice! That's a very sharp lens!

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Took the cam with me in my truck to the "Ötztal" a very nice valley in Tyrol. It seems that the Retina and EliteChrome are a perfect combination - so sad that this film is history now!
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Lovely images! So up high on the mountains near there is where they found Ötzi, yes?
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Lovely images! So up high on the mountains near there is where they found Ötzi, yes?
yes it´s close to it!

Some of these pics have been done in "Obergurgl" which is very close to the "Similaun" glacier.
I´m in the lucky Situation that I life in a place like this and could travel it every day with my truck.
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ive had a retina reflex iv for years, with S-K lenses. ive found that setup loves elite chrome. very nice photos, i enjoy this thread very much.
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ive had a retina reflex iv for years, with S-K lenses. ive found that setup loves elite chrome. very nice photos, i enjoy this thread very much.
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Thanks!
At the moment the Retina is loaded with a Porta 160.
The last EliteChrome rolls are in the freezer to save them up for special use.
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yes it´s close to it!

Some of these pics have been done in "Obergurgl" which is very close to the "Similaun" glacier.
I´m in the lucky Situation that I life in a place like this and could travel it every day with my truck.
I envy you! Have a "stille Nacht, heilige Nacht"!
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A bit more from this film.

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