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REVIEW: Kodak Retina Reflex III (type 041)



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Posted by Bengt Köhler Sandberg 2013-11-12

Kodak Retina Reflex III (type 041)

Made between 1960 to 1964

Technical info

Lens mount: DKL
Shutter: 1/500s to 1s + B (bulb)
Light meter: Coupled Selenium cell, match needle which is visible on top and in the viewfinder.
(ISO 5 - 3200)
Battery: None
Flash: PC sync connection (sync at any shutter speed)
Weight: 760g

Takes standard 135 film
24×36 mm negative size.

Operating
Kodak Retina Reflex III (type 041)


Viewfinder:

Not the biggest but okey size and good brightness.

Info:
Left side have the match needle for the light meter.

Focus aid:
Split screen only


Shutter type:

Leaf shutter
All mechanical.


Build quality:

Extremely good and solid!
One of the best mechanical standards one can think of.
But it's also a very advanced camera which usually makes things more vulnerable.

Look and feel:
Love the look and the feel is great.








Conclusion:

Maybe not your typical SLR camera nowadays but it's hard not to love a gem like this!
Screams quality and great looks.
Found it very fun to use but it's a bit slow to work with compared to more modern SLRs.
Something I usually expect from a camera this old.

It has some odd things like a in camera leaf shutter which is not very common.
Also have the same lens mount as a rangefinder camera.
Because of this lenses have quite bad closest focus for a SLR standard.

The viewfinder works great and I was surprised how bright it was when I first tried this.
However it only has a split screen for focus aid which can be hard to work with in some occasions.

Very nice camera for those that are more into vintage once.
It has lenses that range from 28mm to 200mm and all of them should have a very high quality for the time.



Thumbs up:
Great build quality and feel

Little shutter and mirror vabrations
All mechanical
Bright viewfinder

Thumbs down:

Split screen focus aid only
Must cock the shutter to be able to use the viewfinder.


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