Kodak Retina III C with Retina-Xenon f 2.0 50mm lens

Up for auction is this Kodak Retina III C 35mm camera equipped with the Schneider Kreuznach Retina Xenon C f2.0 50mm lens. The camera has its original hard leather fitted case and strap. Also still present is the plastic protective cover for the meter that also serves for making incident light readings. (This piece is usually missing as it's easily lost.)

This a beautiful example of the Retina III C (Large "C"). This camera was built to compete with Leica, so you may have an idea of its quality. It's equipped with one of the world's all-time great lenses. It's in excellent cosmetic, mechanical and optical operating condition. The meter is lively and appears to be working remarkably well, considering it's a selenium cell meter more than 50 years old! I can find no signs of wear on the camera and very little on the case, all of which I find remarkable because it would appear this camera has traveled the world extensively.

In the unfinished leather on the inside of the strap, the original owner wrote his name and address in Pittsburgh, PA and a later address in London, England. He then went on to list the places he visited including, South America, Holland, the Azores, Tangiers, Lichtenstein, Belgium, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Sicily, the Canary Islands, Italy, Austria, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Germany, Finland, France, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, Africa and Canada.

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