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Vintage Kodak Retina Reflex Camera

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Very cute little metal camera in good vintage condition. I cleaned it up some with some alcohol and cotton swabs. There are a few dings and scratches on the metal from normal wear, but they do not detract from the appearance. The inside does not seem to be rusted and looks very pristine. This is a nice looking camera with a very modern look.

This camera can be used for display or parts or you can try to repair it. The aperture blades seem to be stuck, so I was not able to test it out. It would look excellent on a book shelf or in a display case. It takes 35 mm film.

It comes with the bottom part of a leather case to protect it. The case is a nice leather and does seems to look very good for it's age.



Camera Information from Wikipedia:

The Kodak Type 025 Retina Reflex is a 35mm SLR camera produced by Kodak AG Stuttgart in West Germany, between the spring of 1957 and October 1958. It was sold with either the Schneider Xenon C or the less common Rodenstock Heligon C 50mm f2 lens. This was Kodak's response to the quite successful range of leaf shuttered Zeiss Ikon Contaflex cameras introduced in 1953. By doing so, Kodak expanded their Retina range to include SLR cameras.

The Retina Reflex body is based on the Retina IIIc, and they share the same range of lenses with an interchangeable front component, which can also be used on the Retina IIc, IIC, and the IIIC rangefinder cameras. Also the base mounted advance-lever, the frame-counter, the film channel, the selenium meter, and the lens focusing mechanism, are very similar to those on the viewfinder camera, while the Synchro-Compur shutter is of the SLR variety, which stays open prior to releasing the shutter.


Most camera controls, except the wind-on lever, are found on the top plate. The manually set frame counter, which blocks the camera at the end of the film, has a reset-button in its centre, and a slide-button to turn the dial at the camera back. Also the shutter release, the film rewind knob with a film reminder dial, the exposure readout window, the meter adjustment knob with EV and ASA/DIN scales, as well as the accessory shoe are at the top. The tripod socket, the advance-lever, the film-rewind release-button, and the tiny backdoor release-button, found under a twist-cover, are all at the camera base.

In use, the Retina Reflex frame counter counts down from 36 (or 20) to 0, at which point the film advance locks. While this is convenient for the user and does prevent torn film sprockets at the end of a roll, setting the counter up properly at the beginning of a roll is complex, awkward, and time consuming. This is a typical example of much of the Retina engineering - complex and ingenious, but not always convenient.

The non-coupled selenium cell exposure meter shows exposure values (EV) only. The value is set on the EV scale found on the underside of the lens assembly. Once the aperture release tab is set and released, the shutter ring is interconnected with the aperture ring - the one automatically moves the other, so that the same exposure value is maintained.

The Retina Reflex originally sold for $215 USD[1] (app. $1570 USD in 2007). Approximately 65,000 were made.


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Vintage Kodak Retina Reflex Camera

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