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Kodak Retina and Ektra Rangefinders This forum is for 35mm Kodak Retinas and Ektras rangefinders. The Retinas are known for their German engineering, relatively modest price and superb lenses. The Ektras are known as by far the finest 35mm American made rangefinder ever made.

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Old 09-21-2013   #1
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show us your Retina!

I couldn't find a 'show us' thread on this forum so I thought I'd start one. I'll start us off with my recently-acquired IIIS.
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Old 09-21-2013   #2
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Ia, IIIC, and Retinette Ia


Kodak Retina Ia by br1078phot, on Flickr
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Kodak Retinette 1A Type 044 by br1078phot, on Flickr

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Old 09-21-2013   #4
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Here is my latest Retina, a Retina IIIS. It has wear on it which you don't usually don't see on a IIIS, but this one works perfectly and only cost me $39.00! I love the classic looks of this camera, and I love the way it handles.

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Old 09-26-2013   #5
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Just came in today. This is one of the cleanest Retina IIIc's I've seen in years.. And working fine..



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Old 09-27-2013   #6
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Here is my latest Retina, a Retina IIIS. It has wear on it which you don't usually don't see on a IIIS, but this one works perfectly and only cost me $39.00! I love the classic looks of this camera, and I love the way it handles.

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I got one of these years ago, mainly based on Mr. Gandy's very thorough and favorable writeup at his site. A most impressive camera -- and you got a tremendous deal! The IIIS is a very different animal from the folding Retinas, and certainly gains size and weight along the way. But the added benefits more than make up for that.
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Old 09-28-2013   #7
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Another one of my IIIS, this time with the 50mm f1.9 Xenon. It does make the camera bigger and heavier but I actually prefer the handling compared to the usual f2.8 Xenar with the focus tab, despite the intrusion in to the viewfinder. Perhaps it's just me...
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Old 09-30-2013   #8
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Hi everyone!

Here's my grandfather's Retina IIIC.

Only problem with this jewel is, dusty VF and slower than normal on slow shutter speeds.

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Too many retinas?
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Too many retinas?

I've been collecting and using Retinas for years, after finding my dad's old Retina II. It still had film in it and when I had it developed, I found out my dad had a passion for nude photography. I've been hooked ever since. I just purchased my last (?) Retina, a Reflex S for $38 on mybay.
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Old 10-04-2013   #10
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Not sure what the model number is, but I always considered this my first 'real' camera. My sister has it down in Perth now.
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Hey y'all, I've been a member here for sometime. I rarely post as I haven't had a rangefinder in sometime, but I've now acquired 4 rangefinders this year

I picked this beauty up last month. Fully functional (including meter), and it has somewhat rare and #s matching Rodenstock Retina-Heligon.

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IIa
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http://www.rangefinderforum.com/rffg...3564.SEQ.0.jpg When I got this back from New Zealand it was a different camera!WOW!
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I've been collecting and using Retinas for years, after finding my dad's old Retina II. It still had film in it and when I had it developed, I found out my dad had a passion for nude photography. I've been hooked ever since. I just purchased my last (?) Retina, a Reflex S for $38 on mybay.
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Sweet! Does the meter work?

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Sweet! Does the meter work?

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It does indeed. There is a slider cover on the side you cant see that covers the sensor. I've been told that this meter is pretty rare; however, I cant really confirm this.
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I don't see them for sale very often, but when I do, they fetch a good price.

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It does indeed. There is a slider cover on the side you cant see that covers the sensor. I've been told that this meter is pretty rare; however, I cant really confirm this.
Ooh, I have one of these - certainly it's the only one I've ever seen, and is still accurate enough for most purposes, though a bit on the fiddly side because of its small size. Like my Retina, I guess - if I can find the thing I will pair them up!

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Ooh, I have one of these - certainly it's the only one I've ever seen, and is still accurate enough for most purposes, though a bit on the fiddly side because of its small size. Like my Retina, I guess - if I can find the thing I will pair them up!

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You should find and pair it with the Retina definitely! IMO, it completes it - kinda like louvers on a fastback mustang!
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Kodak Retina IIIc Type 021 Ausf. II

Arrived on Monday. Shutter stripped down and parts soaked overnight in my ultrasonic cleaner. Reassembled lubed and adjusted Tuesday. Today I shot 2 rolls of Double XX. Both rolls hanging to dry in my darkroom and look good with excellent sharpness and contrast.


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Nothing like starting with an early one, Mike, and working your way up.

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Old 03-07-2014   #28
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My Retina II just got back from it's trip to New Zealand where it was restored by Retina expert Chris Sherlock.
I'm very impressed with Chris, he's very communicative and informative, and he's quick, considering that he's halfway around the world.
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Found them on in the internet...
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Another one of these varmints followed me home..

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cameras come and go, but not this Retina, such a pure photography expierience.
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My Retinette IA

This was my Father's one (late 50'/early '60)... I started shooting with this camera in early '70...
Unfortunately, shutter doesn't work anymore....
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Two Retina IIa. The one with the f:2 Xenon arrived this week from Chris Sherlock after a overhaul.


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Has anybody disassembled a Kodak Retina 117 or 118 shutter for CL and eventually A? And if, how?

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The original leatherettes were very bad, so I recovered this one in some brown leatherette material instead.

Of course, once it is in the leather case , the leatherette can hardly be seen.

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The original leatherettes were very bad, so I recovered this one in some brown leatherette material instead.

Of course, once it is in the leather case , the leatherette can hardly be seen.

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I need to adjust the meter, as it's a couple of stops off. Or tweek my Sunny-16 meter.

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I inherited this IIIC from my grandfather. This was one of several Retina cameras in his collection.

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By the way, it's not too difficult to pop the top on the IIIC to clean the viewfinder.
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