The camera was part of a lucky buy. I came across of listing on ebay that simply titled "Old Cameras". It was a lot consisting of three cameras, but they were not identified by name in the listing, and the photographs looked like they were taken with a very poor cell phone camera, and were far to blurry to see any details. But I thought I recognized the basic shape of a Retina, and made the only bid of $15 in the last few minutes of the auction. The lot turned out to include a simple box camera, a common Kodak Bantam, and as I suspected, A Retina rangefinder, the IIIc.
The Retina IIIc was manufactured in Germany from 1954-1957, is one example of the company's high end offerings. According to Kodak's website, this camera had a suggested list price of $185, which would be over $1400 when inflation is considered today. The IIIc has a coupled bright-line finder, bottom mounted film advance lever, and even has a rudimentary interchangeable lens system. The camera has a built in uncoupled selenium meter, which much to my surprise is still reasonably accurate. Overall the camera is in extremely good shape, I have a feeling it wasn't used all that often. It came with an half shot rot of Kodacolor 400 still loaded, which was manufactured from the late 1970's to the early 1980's, so it hasn't been used for awhile. Someday I'll get the film developed to see if there are any usable images on the roll.
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