Kodak Retina


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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


typemodelyr builtquantitylenses availableshutter
117Retina1934-193560,000f3.5 Schneider Kreuznach XenarCompur & Compur-Rapid
118Retina1935-19369144f3.5 Schneider Kreuznach Xenar & F3.5 50 mm Zeiss TessarCompur & Compur Rapid
119Retina I1936-193839111f3.5 Retina-Xenar and f3.5 Zeiss TessarCompur & Compur Rapid
126Retina1936-193739100f3.5 Zeiss Tessar, Kodak-Anastigmat Ektar, Kodak-PupillarCompur Rapid
141Retina I1937-193931749f3.5 Zeiss Tessar or Kodak-Anastigmat EktarCompur & Compur Rapid
141Retina I1937-1939see abovef3.5 Retina-XenarCompur
143Retina I1938-193921476f3.5 Retina-XenarCompur & Compur Rapid
148Retina I1939-194114957f3.5 Kodak-Anastigmat Ektar & Zeiss TessarCompur & Compur Rapid
148Retina I1939-1941see abovef3.5 Retina-XenarCompur
149Retina I1939-194010,403 f:3.5 Retina-XenarCompur
167Retina I1941f4.5 Kodak-AnastigmatAGC K-4-S
167Retina I1941f3.5 Kodak-AnastigmatCompur
010Retina I1945-1949010 & 013=413,708f 3.5 Retina-Xenar (uncoated)Compur & Compur-Rapid
010Retina I1945-1949see abovef 3.5 Retina-Xenar (coated)Compur-Rapid
010Retina I1945-1949see abovef 3.5 Kodak-Anastigmat Ektar (uncoated)Compur & Compur-Rapid
010Retina I1945-1949see abovef 3.5 Kodak-Anastigmat (uncoated)Compur
010Retina I1945-1949see abovef 3.5 Kodak Ektar Made in USACompur & Compur-Rapid
010Retina I1945-1949see abovef 3.5 Rodenstock-YsarCompur & Compur-Rapid
013Retina I1949-1950 f3.5 Retina-Xenar (coated) & Retina-XenarCompur-Rapid
013Retina I1949-1950 2.8 Retina-XenarCompur-Rapid
013Retina I1949-1950 f3.5 Kodak Ektar Made in USACompur-Rapid
015Retina IaJan, 1951-May, 1951not importedf3.5 Retina-XenarCompur-Rapid
015Retina IaJan, 1951-May, 1951not importedf2.8 Retina-XenarCompur-Rapid
015Retina IaJan, 1951-May, 1951not importedf3.5 Kodak Ektar Made in USACompur-Rapid
015Retina IaJune, 1951-Spring, 1954not importedf3.5 Retina-XenarSynchro-Compur
015Retina IaJune, 1951-Spring, 1954not importedf2.8 Retina-XenarSynchro-Compur
015Retina IaJune, 1951-Spring, 1954not importedf3.5 Kodak Ektar Made in USASynchro-Compur
018Retina Ib1954-1957160893f2.8 REtina-XenarSynchro-Compur
019/0Retina IB1957-1957f2.8 Retina-XenarSynchro-Compur
019Retina IB1958-1960019/0 & 019=76,000f2.8 Retina-XenarSynchro-Compur
122Retina II1936-19374611f3.5 Kodak Ektar, f2.8 Xenon, f2 XenonCompur Rapid
142Retina II1937-193951735f3.5 Kodak Ektar, f2.8 Xenon, f2 XenonCompur Rapid
150Retina IIa1939-19415107f3.5 Kodak Ektar, f2.8 Xenon, f2 XenonCompur Rapid
011Retina II1946-1949011, 014, & 016=268,924f2 Retina-Xenon (coated & uncoated)Compur-Rapid
011Retina II1946-1949see abovef2 47mm Kodak Ektar Made in USACompur-Rapid
011Retina II1946-1949see abovef2 Rodenstock-HeligonCompur-Rapid
014Retina II1949-1950 f2 Retina-Xenon (coated & uncoated)Compur-Rapid
014Retina II1949-1950 f2 Retina-XenonCompur-Rapid no flash synch & flat shutter front
014Retina II1949-1950 f2 Rodenstock-HeligonCompur-Rapid
014Retina II1949-1950 f2 Retina-HeligonCompur-Rapid
016Retina IIaJan, 1951-March, 1951 f2 Retina-Xenon & Retina-HeligonCompur-Rapid
016Retina IIaMarch, 1951-Spring, 1954 f2 Retina-Xenon & Retina-HeligonSynchro-Compur
020Retina IIc1954-1957136,000+f2.8 Xenon-C & Heligon-C, f4 80mm, f5.6 35mm Synchro-Compur
029Retina IIC1957-195818,700f2.8 Xenon-C & Heligon-C, f4 80mm, f5.6 35mm Synchro-Compur
021Retina IIIc1954-1957 209,765f2 Xenon-C, Heligon-C, f4 80mm, f5.6 35mmSynchro-Compur
021/IRetina IIIc1957 approx 20,000+f2 Xenon-C, Heligon-C, f4 80mm, f5.6 35mmSynchro-Compur
028Retina IIIC1957-196068,000 f2 Xenon-C & Heligon-C, f4 80mm, f5.6 35mmSynchro-Compur
028/NRetina IIIC1977120+f2 Xenon-C, f4 80mm, f5.6 35mmSynchro-Compur

Retinette models

Folding Retinette cameras, pre-war:
typemodelyr builtquantitylenses availableshutter
147Retinette1939-194020,000Kodak Anastigmat 1:6,3 f=5cmAGC K-3-S
160Retinette II1939-194141,000Kodak Anastigmat f:3,5 F=5cmCompur
160Retinette II1939-1941see aboveKodak Anastigmat f:4,5 F=5cmAGC K-4-S

Folding Retinette cameras, post war
typemodelyr builtquantitylenses availableshutter
012Retinette1949-1951 Ennatar 1:4,5/50mm or Reomar 1:4,5/50mmProntor-S
012Retinette1949-1951Kodak Anastigmat f:4,5 Angenieux 50mmKodak
017Retinette1952-1954012 & 017 = 61,000+Schneider Reomar 1:4,5/50mmProntor-S & Prontor-SV
017Retinette1952-1954see aboveF:4,5 Kodak Anastigmat Angenieux 50mm or F:3.5 K.A. Angenieux 50mmKodak

post-war non-folding or "Solid-body" Retinettes
typemodelyr builtquantitylenses availableshutter
022Retinette1954-1958238,000Schneider Reomar 1:3,5/45mmCompur-Rapid
022/7Retinette f 1955-195870,000K.A. F:3,5 Angenieux 45mmKodak
026Retinette II1958-195919,000Reomar 1:2,8/45mmCompur Rapid
030Retinette I1958-1959118,000Reomar 1:3,5/45mmCompur-Rapid
030/7Retinette f1958-195910,000K.A. F:3,5 Angenieux 45mmKodak
031Retinette IIB1958-195940,000+Reomar 1:2,8/45mm (Type 031 was the first Retinette to have an exposure meter)Compur-Rapid
035Retinette IA1959-1960231,000Reomar f:3,5/50mmVero & Pronto
035/7Retinette IA1959-196110,000K.A. F:2,8 Angenieux 50mmKodak
036Retinette IIA1959-196045,000+Reomar f:2,8/45mmProntormat
037Retinette IB1959-1963230,000+Reomar 1:2,8/45mmPronto-LK
042Retinette I A1960-1963217,000+Reomar 1:2,8/45mmPronto
044Retinette IA1963-1967343,000+Reomar 1:2,8/45mmProntor 250S & Prontor 300S
045Retinette IB1963-1966258,000Reomar 1:2,8/45mmProntor 500 LK

nonfolding Retinas

typemodelyr builtquantitylenses availableshutter
038 Automatic I1960-196261,000+ 45mm f2.8 Retina-ReomarProntormat-S
032 Automatic II1960-196248,000 45mm f2.8 XenarCompur
039 Automatic III1960-196377,000+ 45mm f2.8 XenarCompur
040Retina I BS1962-196313,000Retina-Xenar f:2,8/45mmCompur
046 Retina IF1963-196437,000+ f2.8 45mm Retina XenarProntor 500 LK
047 Retina IIF1963-196430,000 45mm f2.8 XenarCompur
060 Retina S11966-1969 f2.8 45mm ReomarKodak
061 Retina S21966-1969 f2.8 45mm ReomarKodak
027Retina IIIS1958-196045,050 f2.8 Retina-Xenar & Retina-Ysarex, f1.9 Retina-Xenon & Retina-HeligonSynchro Compur
024Retina IIS1959-196019,400 f2.8 Retina-XenarSynchro 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.
typemodelyr builtquantitylenses availableshutter
025Reflex1957-195865,000 f2.0 Retina-Xenon-C, Retina-Heligon-CSynchro-Compur
034Reflex S1959-196178,000 f2.8 Retina-Xenar or Retina-Ysarex, f1.9 Retina-Xenon or Retina-HeligonSynchro-Compur
041Reflex III1961-1964116,000 f2.8 Retina-Xenar or Retina-Ysarex, f1.9 Retina-Xenon or Retina-HeligonSynchro-Compur
051Reflex IV1964-1966524,000 f2.8 Retina-Xenar, f1.9 Retina-XenonSynchro 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.