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Kodak Retina IIIs (type 027) favori envoyer Print
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Manufactured in Allemagne from 1958 until 1960.
Index of rarity in France : Peu courant (among non-specialized garage sales)
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Kodak Retina IIIs

This is a 35mm rangefinder camera with interchangeable lenses. The general form is in the tone of the series of Retinette, but it is more impressive ..
The cocking is made by a lever located under the camera.
It has a Gossen selenium cell, which gives a reading by pointer superposition. A reminder of the type of film is located on the rewind button
A flash sync socket is located on the front panel.
It has a full frame 50mm viewfinder and a round, high contrast rangefinder image. The viewfinder is clear and very pleasant.
The shutter is a SYNC COMPUR - speeds from 1 sec to 1 / 500th sec + B.
Not usual, a device prevents cocking when the decreasing counter of view reaches "0".
On this copy, the lens is a superb SCHNEIDER - KREUZNACH RETINA-XENON F1.9 / 50mm.
Its minimum focusing distance is 90 cm. A metal knob located under the shutter, can change its aperture. Like other models of the brand, there is a fork that automatically shows the depth of field area. This fork, consisting of two red marks, varies with the selected aperture and allows, among other interests, a rapid adjustment of the lens on the hyper focal distance.
This beautiful device, heavy and from good manufacturing is very well finished.
Intrigued by its impressive lens, I tested it with outstanding results. A pearl!