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Kodak Retina Reflex III (type 041)
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Photos by Sylvain Halgand text by Sylvain Halgand. From the collection of Sylvain Halgand. Last update 2018-01-02 par Sylvain Halgand.

Manufactured or assembled in Germany from 1961 to 1965.
Index of rarity in France: Infrequent (among non-specialized garage sales)
Inventory number: 1

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Traduction de Sylvain Halgand

ATTENTION, Sirs, you do not make fun any more your wives when they spend time in their hairdresser or their aesthetician.
It could cost some to you!

With the voice of the Columbo inspector:

My wife goes regularly in her aesthetician and until there is little, I thought that they spoke rags, care of the skin and tutti quanti.
And well, a day, she (my wife, not the aesthetician!) return to the house, happy to announce to me that they had to speak about cameras (how are they arrived on this subject????) and that the aesthetician (I from now on will say the lady, because it is shorter and less complicated to write.) thought of selling some of them with a nearest secondhand trade. The lady, not knowing nothing made of old cameras there, wished to subject them to me to evaluate the price to which to propose them with the secondhand trade. No the problem, I answered. My wife, infinitely good, thus passed by again in the following days to recover the cameras.
And where I awaited some current cameras, I received for expertise Retina Reflex, Midelly etc…
In short, the majority never transfer the great secondhand trade.

Everyone was happy, the lady to have carried out a good sales turnover before to have even risen early to go to the secondhand trade,
my wife to have made pleasure, me to have some new collector's items. Since, I see of an eye extremely different the meetings from aesthetician of my wife…

Let us return now in Retina Reflex, beautiful animal which releases the show of force of a long horn beef… and which has of them also the weight.
It failed by no means in the reputation of quality and solidity of German manufacture (of the west at that time). The camera especially betrays its age (more than 40 years) by the chromium excess. The lens is interchangeable (not obvious to find the means of changing some without the instructions). In the range of the adaptable lenses superb Schneider Xenar 1.9/50 is who makes the unit even more impressive.

Kodak Retina Reflex III