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Arette C 35mm Rangefinder Camera in case

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Brand Arette
Model compact
Body type Rangefinder
Focal length (equiv.) 50mm
Max aperture f2.8
Format 35mm
Storage types Film

Condition: Excellent+

Arette C 35mm Rangefinder Camera circa 1958

The Arette C has a rangefinder but no meter

Excellent+ cosmetic condition, complete with Leather case/strap, in full working order

Lens : Schneider - Kreuznach Xenar 50mm f2.8 / Prontor - SVS Shutter

 In 1960, the range was withdrawn and the name of AkArelle replaced it

General Arette Information

The Arette IA is a 35mm viewfinder camera made in Germany by Apparate & Kamerabau, introduced in ca. 1956, and produced with many model variations until 1963. This is a cleanly-designed, well made camera featuring (among other combinations) an Isco-Gottingen Color-Isconar 45mm/f2.8 or Schneider-Kreuznach Xenar 45mm/f2.8 lens in a Pronto or 9-speed Prontor-SVS shutter. Except on early models, where it is on the top plate, the advance lever is mounted on the base, along with the frame counter and a pull-out foot to steady the camera when standing on a flat surface. Rewinding is via a knob on the top plate, which retracts, and is released by a small catch. The shutter release is a rounded lever beside the lens, on the users right, and opposite this on the lens barrel is a cable release socket. Flash sync is provided via a PC socket, and an V-X-M switch giving self-timer or X/M sync.

Some examples of this camera have a central viewfinder, some have it on the users left - possibly a change made in 1957. In 1959, a brightline finder was added.

The Arette IB had a light meter; the Arette IC added a coupled rangefinder, and the Arette ID had both meter and rangefinder.
 The Arette A (possibly a cheaper, later version) had a 45mm f2.8 Arettar lens in a simpler Vario shutter - with no meter or rangefinder.

The Arette BN and Arette BW had a meter. The Arette C  had a rangefinder but no meter; the IDN Arette (later the Arette DN) had both. The BW was renamed Optina BW for sale in Canada. Other variations include the P, Super P and Favorite.

The BW models had interchangeable lenses.

The 1959 Arette Automatic S had automatic exposure, with a Prontormat shutter and a Color-Westanar 45mm/f2.8 lens. The SE had a rangefinder added; the SR seems to be the same camera, but intended for the US market. The SLK is an S model, sold in the UK


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Looking after your camera

Use a Camera Bag

A camera bag does more than just protect the camera against scratches and dust: It keeps it safe from rain because many are waterproof on the outside.

Be Very Careful Around the LCD Screen and Camera Lens

Use only special equipment to clean your camera’s LCD screen and camera lens. Buy a special cleaning kit that includes liquid solutions, microfiber cloths and brushes that have been specially designed to clean your camera lens.

Never Leave Your Batteries in Your Camera for Too Long
Many camera batteries are now alkaline or lithium formats. If you keep your camera with the batteries inside of it in a moist area, then the batteries can get corrosive. So if you’re thinking about just putting your camera on the shelf for several months, do yourself a favor and remove them.

Turn Your Camera Off Prior to Doing Anything

Before you do anything to your camera, always keep in mind that it should be turned off first. No matter what it is—swapping lenses, changing memory cards or disconnecting or attaching cables—your camera should be turned off.

Cold and Wet Weather Can Wreak Havoc on Your Camera Body
Take your camera out only in a waterproof bag. If the weather’s unusually cold, just wrap your camera in a plastic bag that has silica desiccant packets for the reduction of moisture. It’s also a smart idea to have a soft towel with you to wipe off any moisture, just in case it should get on your camera.

Good Memory Card Care Is Good Camera Care

Only transport your memory cards inside of a protective caseMake sure the memory cards stay dust-free at all times. When removing memory cards, make sure you do so indoors or in non-dusty situations.
Make sure that you keep memory cards only in cool places. Never keep them in places where they may heat up, like dashboards or glove compartments.
Never place your memory cards close to magnetic sources. Examples of magnetic sources are things such as audio speakers, TV monitors and actual magnets.

Use a Filter to Protect Your Camera Lens

The lens of your camera is naturally fragile. As such, it’s susceptible to scratches, cracks, dents…you name it. A UV filter will not only will you give your lens a fighting chance, but you’ll also enhance the quality of your pictures.

Condensation Can Be Controlled

Condensation normally happens when you move your camera between different temperatures.
Allow your camera a chance to naturally get used to the hotter environment. Don’t place it inside a closed plastic bag when transporting it between different temperatures! Just let the camera sit in the humid temperature for a while, until condensation disappears.
If this still doesn’t get rid of all of it, you can utilize a soft cloth to wipe away any remaining moisture and marks left behind from the condensation.