“R” is for Retina: The Kodak Retina Cameras

“R” is for Retina. Kodak has a series of cameras with the Retina name.

Most are rangefinder cameras for 35mm film, but there is at least one Retina SLR (the Retina Reflex).

The pre-war Retina was very much a tiny bellows camera designed for the newly developed 35mm film cartridge.

The Retina I Type 126.  A tiny bellows camera for 35mm film. 1936-1937
The Retina I Type 126. A tiny bellows camera for 35mm film. 1936-1937

Later, it was a simple viewfinder camera, still maintaining the fold-out lens.

The Retina Ib Type 018. The lens folds out. 1954-1957
The Retina Ib Type 018. The lens folds out. 1954-1957

The Automatic III had a coupled rangefinder, to make focusing easier. However, it no longer has the fold-out lens.

The Retina Automatic III. No fold-out lens here. 1961-1963
The Retina Automatic III. No fold-out lens here. 1961-1963

 

Reference: McKeown’s Price Guide to Antique and Classic Cameras, 12th edition, ISBN 0-931838-40-1

The other cameras featured in this A to Z Challenge are linked on this page.

Published by paleololigo

Scientist (Paleontology, Geochemistry, Geology); Writer (Speculative and Science Fiction, plus technical and non-technical Science); Mom to great boy on the Autism spectrum; possessor of too many hobbies.

One thought on ““R” is for Retina: The Kodak Retina Cameras

  1. The Retina 1 (119) is identical to the type 126 which however has a chrome top plate instead of the black lacquer on the type 119. The were made 1936-38, not 1937
    I have a specimen of the type 119 also the IIc (020) 1954-58, mine was made March 1957 and is a thing of beauty!
    See http://www.retinarescue.com

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