Kodak Retina IIIc Photographs

Discussion in 'Black and White' started by Nathan King, Aug 25, 2013.

  1. Nathan King

    Nathan King Mu-43 Regular

    Jun 19, 2013
    Omaha, NE
    I'm completely new to 35mm black and white photography. A friend of mine found a Kodak Retina IIIc in his house and asked me if I'd like it. I took it, repaired the gummed up shutter, purchased some FP4, and took it downtown. There's nothing that replaces the look of true black and white 35mm. I guess I'm better at estimating exposure than I thought! The complete lack of postproduction options really causes you to slow down and rethink how you shoot. The camera draws interest whenever I take it out. My favorite was an older gentleman who exclaimed, "now THAT'S a camera!"

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  2. snkenai

    snkenai Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 5, 2010
    I owned and shot one of those about 20 years ago. Neat camera, but rather cumbersome after the latest and newest, I was using at the time. But loved the fine machinery look and feel.
  3. RT_Panther

    RT_Panther Mu-43 Legend

    May 4, 2011
    How does that Kingsford commercial go?

    "Slow down & grill...er shoot" :cool:
  4. wlewisiii

    wlewisiii Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 16, 2011
    Hayward, WI
    William B. Lewis
    If you like a Retina (one of Kodak's few really great cameras) find yourself a Zeiss Contessa sometime. Exquisite little jewel of a camera. To me it remains the finest of the pocket cameras that I wish the Pen's could match.

    Here's a great link on the Contessa: Zeiss Contessa
  5. Nathan King

    Nathan King Mu-43 Regular

    Jun 19, 2013
    Omaha, NE
    You know, the way it operates is indeed quite cumbersome; however, I was shocked how quickly and accurately I am able to operate it after relatively little practice. Good pictures can be had in spite of the camera's design. I will have more photographs tomorrow.

    I really need to hunt down a Contessa. I'm strangely attracted to unusual cameras because the engineering is so strange yet executed with perfect accuracy.
  6. My favorite of all times in that form is the Voigtlander Vitessa.
  7. Mattr

    Mattr Mu-43 Regular

    Aug 5, 2013
    Melbourne, Australia
    Matt Robinson
    My dad had retina for decades. He had a 135 and a roll film version. He have me the roll version when I was about 12, I think. That's how I started out. It had a rangefinder that slipped on the accessory shoe, sound familiar EVF users? You had to use the range finder to get the subject distance (am I dreaming that the system was parallax shift?), hence the name. Then dial that onto the focus ring on the lens. The x-sync was via a little connection on the lens from memory. The shutter was housed in the lens and I'm sure I had to cock it using a little lever on the side of the lens and set the speed on a ring on the lens. Self timer was via another cocking lever that tripped the shutter using a clockwork mechanism. Halcyon days indeed!

    I upgraded to a Practica BX20 from that. Then an EOS 500, EOS 30 plus my own dark room and now an EP-3. How I wish I still had that Kodak and the BX20. It really taught me about exposure to the point where I could get within a half to a full stop of the meter by eye.

    Sent from my GT-I9100 using Mu-43 mobile app
  8. nreeque

    nreeque New to Mu-43

    Aug 28, 2013
    Not only are you good at estimating exposure but these are a fine example of successful revival of an ancient tool. Hell of a job, you chose wisely with FP4 lots of room to learn.