Blurberati with Cameras: Kodak Retina IIIc

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#Camerathursdays is our semi-weekly series that lets us, the people behind Blurb, show the cameras we shoot with. Today we feature the return of one of our first contributors to the series, our Internet plumber, Mike. Mike is a true analog aficionado and he brings us another beauty: The Kodak Retina IIIc. Beyond just being a beautiful camera with great optics, it’s also a nice reminder of what Kodak has done for photography. No matter what their current troubles, Kodak is forever.

Camera: Kodak Retina IIIc
Photographer: Mike
Job: Internet Plumber

“The Kodak Retina series of cameras began in the mid-1930s and were noted for their compact size, photographic quality, and low cost compared to their competitors (Contax, Leica, Zeiss, etc). The cameras were manufactured in Germany by Nagel Camerawerk, which Kodak had acquired in 1931. The product line continued after WWII, culminating in the Retina IIIc models which incorporated a number of advanced features – multiple lenses, coupled rangefinder, built-in lightmeter.

Pertinient details:
Folding rangefinder camera
35mm film format
Interchangeable Schneider Kreuznach lenses
- Xenar 50mm f2
- Curtar 35mm f5.6
- Longar 80mm f4
Synchronized Synchro-Compur shutter

What I love about these cameras is that they are the starting point for a whole ecosystem of accessories and tools for creating photo images. Over time I managed to accquire the lenses, custom viewfinders, filters, hoods, and even a macro focus close-up kit.

It is a very easy camera to carry and shoot impressive images. The two examples here are typical – on location with an evening hometown baseball crowd, and a set up architectural detail shot. The versatility and tactile pleasures of this camera system remain a reason why I continue to use it whenever I feel the need to disconnect from the distinctly digital world we live in today.”

Here are some photographs from Mike’s Kodak Retina IIIc:

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Thank you for dropping by. Join us again next time for another dispatch from our corner of camera-nerd heaven.

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  1. es una hermosa camara.yo la tengo .me encanta usar sus ajustes. los colores son muy saturados y la nitidas es muy buena. el disparo es muy suave.

    By gerardo ivan venegas
      August 23, 2012 – 7:38 pm   Permalink
  2. I recently bought one. The meter does not work, but everything else is in great working order.

    By Stan Wooding (N.Z.)
      October 8, 2012 – 3:26 pm   Permalink
  3. Yeah, those selenium light meters can really degrade. Still it’s lovely camera. Enjoy!

    By Kent
      October 8, 2012 – 3:34 pm   Permalink

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