Tag: Xenon f2


Another image from the first roll of film, Agfa Vista 200, from the Kodak Retina IIIc with Xenon f2 lens.

This is a rather impressive little camera, and I have a feeling I am falling in love with it, particularly because of the detail it gives (when I focus properly) and the smooth, creamy bokeh in the background.

On an aside, we spent the morning cleaning up the patio garden, putting in peppers and tomatoes, transplanting pot-bound herbs and such, as well as setting up seeds for shade flowers and French radishes.  It’s going to be hot this next week, so why not do it now?

Adventures with a Kodak Retina IIIc, a Xenon f2 Lens, and a Romp in the Garden

Last week, a new vintage camera arrived, an immigrant to our shores from afar.  It is a Kodak Retina IIIc with a Xenon f2 lens, from Chris Sherwood in New Zealand.  And it is a beauty of a camera and lens!

The Retina IIIc has a built-in selenium meter, with an initially-confusing way of using it.  I figured it out, and it is pretty accurate.  My first roll of film came out well-exposed, but I must admit, that I prefer the Sunny 16 rule and used it, along with some guestimates.

You know, when you get used to digital, you can shoot-shoot-shoot, but when you have to manually do everything, including thinking, it slows you down a lot!  I had to really stay in the moment to take 36 images in one place.  I also put together some shots to create panoramas, which I love to do, and they turned out okay, too.

More later . . .