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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 02-03-2015   #41
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By the way, it's not too difficult to pop the top on the IIIC to clean the viewfinder.
Jack, I never realized how dirty it was until I looked at the photo! I'll look up instructions to take the top off and clean it out when I get a chance!.
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Parts body IIIS

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My fully overhauled Retina Reflex S. Re-stringing the meter was an interesting project...


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Congratulations Colin: There's a Reitina 1a in a display at a nearby camera shop. It's so tiny and the Schneider 50/2.8 Xenar, set in a Compur shutter temp me whenever I walk by.

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Congratulations Colin: There's a Reitina 1a in a display at a nearby camera shop. It's so tiny and the Schneider 50/2.8 Xenar, set in a Compur shutter temp me whenever I walk by.

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You should grab it. Even though it doesn't have a rangefinder it is still a fine picture taker.. The Xenar's are far better than expected..
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Old 05-22-2015   #46
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Old 07-03-2015   #47
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Although I have never been keen on Kodak cameras this one really got me. Loaded with a Plus-X of 1975 to test it.



Next now, looking for a IIIc with many lenses to play with.
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Although I have never been keen on Kodak cameras this one really got me. Loaded with a Plus-X of 1975 to test it.
The coated Xenar on the Retina I is a fine lens. Very nice for both B/W and colour.
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Old 07-05-2015   #49
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Hi,

Seeing the IIa's back and the Reflex reminds me that I've no idea if my Reflex S is made in Germany or anywhere else for that matter. Can any one tell me?

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Type 122, doesn't get any better!

Guys - I got real lucky recently and picked this up on an online auction site. Sent off to Chris Sherlock (thanks Chris) and it is the gem of my collection. Recently ran some Gold 100 through and will post results when they arrive.
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Old 08-06-2015   #53
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Lovely machine this camera.
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Kodak Retina type 117 by Mike Novak, on Flickr


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Old 08-31-2015   #58
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Very nice. The first of the wonderful Retina series and the camera that introduced 135 to the world. As a side note, if I'm not sadly mistaken it is the only Retina without the 'Retina' stamped into the back being angled.
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Old 01-19-2016   #61
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My IIIC.



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111c, the meter is accurate enough I don't need the Sekonic


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If one is good, two must be better! IIc & IIIc


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Retina IIIc from 1957

My dad's 1957 Retina IIIc, just renovated within the past two weeks by Chris Sherlock. Have the flash, most filters, number 5 metal shutter cable, 'B' case. Plus the original boxes except for camera and case.
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My Retina IIIS, found at a swap meet last February. The leatherette was cracking and chipping off, with wide strip scraped off the middle of the back. So I found some thin bookbinding leatherette and re-covered it--my first attempt at that. Otherwise, the camera was and is in very good condition. The only problem I can find with it is that the yellow pointer of the light meter lightly touches the meter needle when they are lined up, so the meter has to be used carefully.

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I took the IIa out shooting yesterday. About halfway through the rangefinder was slow to return and wouldn't go all the way back to infinity. Thanks to Chris Sherlock's pages I CLA'ed the rangefinder.

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Hi everyone, my first post. You seem like a friendly knowledgeable group. I Just picked this up from Charity shop in UK. Seems to be mint but I guess I need to run a film through it first. I don't know much about Retina's. Looking forward to researching them and using this rangefinder.



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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...
I completely agree on the little focusing tab, it's even more difficult with the lens hood attached to the camera. I understand some of the later Xenar lenses have a knurled ring in addition to the little tab so I'm sure Kodak came to the same conclusion as well.

My IIIS fitted with the Xenar lens, I've also got a 50mm Xenon and recently picked up a Tele-Arton (it's so tiny!) and a Tele-Xenar. I'd love to find a 35 someday too.
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This is my new to me Kodak Retina IIa thanks to a member of this community...
I have loaded it with APX100, enjoying the slower life of shooting with a rangefinder and love that it's such a beautiful and well made piece of machinery...






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Got a very good suprise from someone who picked this beauty in a German flea market for next to nothing. It's a beautiful camera, in perfect condition and seems to be working just fine, it has a beautiful brown leather case. Put a test roll in it, we'll see the results. Time to put the ol' Weimar to work! . Also, found an old Agfa film in it, must have been there for at least 25 years, had to wind it before i opened the back. Could someone tell me if it's supposed to be developed manually? Thank you.

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Agfa CN-17 was a negative color film with its own process, different from C-41. You would have to find a specialty processor which will probably be expensive. On the other hand, color negative images might well be gone 25 years after exposure.

I would recommend discarding the film. The Ib looks wonderful!
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special.foto, some years ago I developed an old CNS (120) in C41 chemicals and got "useable" negatives.
A similar try with a roll in format 127 failed!
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Thank you for the info, might as well try to develop it this way. So far so good, i have 3 exposures on my test roll in the Ib, i will develop them at the same time.

Offtopic question ... how do you guys feel about bulk film? Is it worth it?

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New member here. Hope this works. Here are my Retina's. Including my pride and joy, my Retina IIC Rodenstock lens edition. Mostly proud because it only cost me 60 bucks and recently saw one sell on eBay for almost $400.
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Is there any source for those short shutter release plungers. I have one, which I find incredibly useful, but I'd love a few more.
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