Kodak Retina

Kodak Retina
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Historical Society for Retina Cameras


It was the original Retina introduced in 1934 with the new development of a daylight loading film cartridge in 35 mm format that made quality cameras and pictures available to the ordinary citizens of the day. Previously, quality equipment was available from Leica or Zeiss at prices too high for most people. The Retina was produced by Nagel Camerawerk in Germany and when Kodak acquired Nagel, it was able to sell quality cameras without the necessary investment of development and testing as Nagel was already a respected camera manufacturer.

The daylight loading cartridge introduced by the Retina was an instant success and other manufacturers had to design cameras to take advantage of the new film cartridge. Kodak itself was more interested in selling film than cameras and had reservations about the ability of 35 mm film to catch on with the general public. But it was the convenience of the daylight loading film cartridge that assured the success of the Retina, Kodak, and a host of competitors.

It was the original Retina’s fit, feel, and finish that helped make it a success. It was pleasant to the eye, fit comfortably in the hand, and produced quality results all while maintaining an affordable price. These characteristics were particularly true in the folding Retina line and is why they remain collectible to this day.

 

Retina IIc, IIIc, & IIIC


The Retina IIc, IIIc and IIIC are especially desirable as collectible Retinas. In addition to the feature of interchangeable lens and a wide range of accessories, a light meter was included on the III series.

folding Retinas

 

type model yr built quantity lenses available shutter
117 Retina 1934-1935 60,000 f3.5 Schneider Kreuznach Xenar Compur & Compur-Rapid
118 Retina 1935-1936 9144 f3.5 Schneider Kreuznach Xenar & F3.5 50 mm Zeiss Tessar Compur & Compur Rapid
119 Retina I 1936-1938 39111 f3.5 Retina-Xenar and f3.5 Zeiss Tessar Compur & Compur Rapid
126 Retina 1936-1937 39100 f3.5 Zeiss Tessar, Kodak-Anastigmat Ektar, Kodak-Pupillar Compur Rapid
141 Retina I 1937-1939 31749 f3.5 Zeiss Tessar or Kodak-Anastigmat Ektar Compur & Compur Rapid
141 Retina I 1937-1939 see above f3.5 Retina-Xenar Compur
143 Retina I 1938-1939 21476 f3.5 Retina-Xenar Compur & Compur Rapid
148 Retina I 1939-1941 14957 f3.5 Kodak-Anastigmat Ektar & Zeiss Tessar Compur & Compur Rapid
148 Retina I 1939-1941 see above f3.5 Retina-Xenar Compur
149 Retina I 1939-1940 10,403 f:3.5 Retina-Xenar Compur
167 Retina I 1941 f4.5 Kodak-Anastigmat AGC K-4-S
167 Retina I 1941 f3.5 Kodak-Anastigmat Compur
010 Retina I 1945-1949 010 & 013=413,708 f 3.5 Retina-Xenar (uncoated) Compur & Compur-Rapid
010 Retina I 1945-1949 see above f 3.5 Retina-Xenar (coated) Compur-Rapid
010 Retina I 1945-1949 see above f 3.5 Kodak-Anastigmat Ektar (uncoated) Compur & Compur-Rapid
010 Retina I 1945-1949 see above f 3.5 Kodak-Anastigmat (uncoated) Compur
010 Retina I 1945-1949 see above f 3.5 Kodak Ektar Made in USA Compur & Compur-Rapid
010 Retina I 1945-1949 see above f 3.5 Rodenstock-Ysar Compur & Compur-Rapid
013 Retina I 1949-1950 f3.5 Retina-Xenar (coated) & Retina-Xenar Compur-Rapid
013 Retina I 1949-1950 2.8 Retina-Xenar Compur-Rapid
013 Retina I 1949-1950 f3.5 Kodak Ektar Made in USA Compur-Rapid
015 Retina Ia Jan, 1951-May, 1951 not imported f3.5 Retina-Xenar Compur-Rapid
015 Retina Ia Jan, 1951-May, 1951 not imported f2.8 Retina-Xenar Compur-Rapid
015 Retina Ia Jan, 1951-May, 1951 not imported f3.5 Kodak Ektar Made in USA Compur-Rapid
015 Retina Ia June, 1951-Spring, 1954 not imported f3.5 Retina-Xenar Synchro-Compur
015 Retina Ia June, 1951-Spring, 1954 not imported f2.8 Retina-Xenar Synchro-Compur
015 Retina Ia June, 1951-Spring, 1954 not imported f3.5 Kodak Ektar Made in USA Synchro-Compur
018 Retina Ib 1954-1957 160893 f2.8 REtina-Xenar Synchro-Compur
019/0 Retina IB 1957-1957 f2.8 Retina-Xenar Synchro-Compur
019 Retina IB 1958-1960 019/0 & 019=76,000 f2.8 Retina-Xenar Synchro-Compur
122 Retina II 1936-1937 4611 f3.5 Kodak Ektar, f2.8 Xenon, f2 Xenon Compur Rapid
142 Retina II 1937-1939 51735 f3.5 Kodak Ektar, f2.8 Xenon, f2 Xenon Compur Rapid
150 Retina IIa 1939-1941 5107 f3.5 Kodak Ektar, f2.8 Xenon, f2 Xenon Compur Rapid
011 Retina II 1946-1949 011, 014, & 016=268,924 f2 Retina-Xenon (coated & uncoated) Compur-Rapid
011 Retina II 1946-1949 see above f2 47mm Kodak Ektar Made in USA Compur-Rapid
011 Retina II 1946-1949 see above f2 Rodenstock-Heligon Compur-Rapid
014 Retina II 1949-1950 f2 Retina-Xenon (coated & uncoated) Compur-Rapid
014 Retina II 1949-1950 f2 Retina-Xenon Compur-Rapid no flash synch & flat shutter front
014 Retina II 1949-1950 f2 Rodenstock-Heligon Compur-Rapid
014 Retina II 1949-1950 f2 Retina-Heligon Compur-Rapid
016 Retina IIa Jan, 1951-March, 1951 f2 Retina-Xenon & Retina-Heligon Compur-Rapid
016 Retina IIa March, 1951-Spring, 1954 f2 Retina-Xenon & Retina-Heligon Synchro-Compur
020 Retina IIc 1954-1957 136,000+ f2.8 Xenon-C & Heligon-C, f4 80mm, f5.6 35mm Synchro-Compur
029 Retina IIC 1957-1958 18,700 f2.8 Xenon-C & Heligon-C, f4 80mm, f5.6 35mm Synchro-Compur
021 Retina IIIc 1954-1957 209,765 f2 Xenon-C, Heligon-C, f4 80mm, f5.6 35mm Synchro-Compur
021/I Retina IIIc 1957 approx 20,000+ f2 Xenon-C, Heligon-C, f4 80mm, f5.6 35mm Synchro-Compur
028 Retina IIIC 1957-1960 68,000 f2 Xenon-C & Heligon-C, f4 80mm, f5.6 35mm Synchro-Compur
028/N Retina IIIC 1977 120+ f2 Xenon-C, f4 80mm, f5.6 35mm Synchro-Compur

Retinette models

Folding Retinette cameras, pre-war:

type model yr built quantity lenses available shutter
147 Retinette 1939-1940 20,000 Kodak Anastigmat 1:6,3 f=5cm AGC K-3-S
160 Retinette II 1939-1941 41,000 Kodak Anastigmat f:3,5 F=5cm Compur
160 Retinette II 1939-1941 see above Kodak Anastigmat f:4,5 F=5cm AGC K-4-S

Folding Retinette cameras, post war

type model yr built quantity lenses available shutter
012 Retinette 1949-1951 Ennatar 1:4,5/50mm or Reomar 1:4,5/50mm Prontor-S
012 Retinette 1949-1951 Kodak Anastigmat f:4,5 Angenieux 50mm Kodak
017 Retinette 1952-1954 012 & 017 = 61,000+ Schneider Reomar 1:4,5/50mm Prontor-S & Prontor-SV
017 Retinette 1952-1954 see above F:4,5 Kodak Anastigmat Angenieux 50mm or F:3.5 K.A. Angenieux 50mm Kodak

post-war non-folding or “Solid-body” Retinettes

type model yr built quantity lenses available shutter
022 Retinette 1954-1958 238,000 Schneider Reomar 1:3,5/45mm Compur-Rapid
022/7 Retinette f 1955-1958 70,000 K.A. F:3,5 Angenieux 45mm Kodak
026 Retinette II 1958-1959 19,000 Reomar 1:2,8/45mm Compur Rapid
030 Retinette I 1958-1959 118,000 Reomar 1:3,5/45mm Compur-Rapid
030/7 Retinette f 1958-1959 10,000 K.A. F:3,5 Angenieux 45mm Kodak
031 Retinette IIB 1958-1959 40,000+ Reomar 1:2,8/45mm (Type 031 was the first Retinette to have an exposure meter) Compur-Rapid
035 Retinette IA 1959-1960 231,000 Reomar f:3,5/50mm Vero & Pronto
035/7 Retinette IA 1959-1961 10,000 K.A. F:2,8 Angenieux 50mm Kodak
036 Retinette IIA 1959-1960 45,000+ Reomar f:2,8/45mm Prontormat
037 Retinette IB 1959-1963 230,000+ Reomar 1:2,8/45mm Pronto-LK
042 Retinette I A 1960-1963 217,000+ Reomar 1:2,8/45mm Pronto
044 Retinette IA 1963-1967 343,000+ Reomar 1:2,8/45mm Prontor 250S & Prontor 300S
045 Retinette IB 1963-1966 258,000 Reomar 1:2,8/45mm Prontor 500 LK

 

nonfolding Retinas

type model yr built quantity lenses available shutter
038 Automatic I 1960-1962 61,000+ 45mm f2.8 Retina-Reomar Prontormat-S
032 Automatic II 1960-1962 48,000 45mm f2.8 Xenar Compur
039 Automatic III 1960-1963 77,000+ 45mm f2.8 Xenar Compur
040 Retina I BS 1962-1963 13,000 Retina-Xenar f:2,8/45mm Compur
046 Retina IF 1963-1964 37,000+ f2.8 45mm Retina Xenar Prontor 500 LK
047 Retina IIF 1963-1964 30,000 45mm f2.8 Xenar Compur
060 Retina S1 1966-1969 f2.8 45mm Reomar Kodak
061 Retina S2 1966-1969 f2.8 45mm Reomar Kodak
027 Retina IIIS 1958-1960 45,050 f2.8 Retina-Xenar & Retina-Ysarex, f1.9 Retina-Xenon & Retina-Heligon Synchro Compur
024 Retina IIS 1959-1960 19,400 f2.8 Retina-Xenar Synchro Compur

Reflex Retinas

The first Retina Reflex was designed to compete with the growing acceptance of single lens reflex Japanese cameras in the marketplace. The Japanese SLRs were characterized by both innovation and quality.

type model yr built quantity lenses available shutter
025 Reflex 1957-1958 65,000 f2.0 Retina-Xenon-C, Retina-Heligon-C Synchro-Compur
034 Reflex S 1959-1961 78,000 f2.8 Retina-Xenar or Retina-Ysarex, f1.9 Retina-Xenon or Retina-Heligon Synchro-Compur
041 Reflex III 1961-1964 116,000 f2.8 Retina-Xenar or Retina-Ysarex, f1.9 Retina-Xenon or Retina-Heligon Synchro-Compur
051 Reflex IV 1964-1966 524,000 f2.8 Retina-Xenar, f1.9 Retina-Xenon Synchro Compur-X

Want to join an organization devoted to the Retina?
Historical Society for Retina Cameras
Attention:David L Jentz
Historical Society for Retina Cameras
50695 Ridgemoor Way
Granger, Indiana 46530
Phone: 219-272-4193
e-mail: retinacam@msn.com

This Retina page will be updated as more accurate information becomes available. If you see any errors, contact me.
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This page was updated December 6, 1998.

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