West-Germany: KODAK RETINA: 1957-1966:

In 1932 George Eastman, owner of Kodak, purchased the Nagel Kamerawerke in Stuttgart, Germany. Kodak Retina Reflex entered the marked in 1957 and sold lots of cameras before they ended the production in 1966, not able to follow the japanese competitors, nor the east-german.

The Kodak Retina Reflex featured a Syncro Compur leaf shutter, like most west-german PP SLRs of the time. Likewise, it had a non coupled selenium meter, as seen in upper right front of the camera. Sn. 85260.
Synchro-Compur leaf shutter in the lens, not uncommon in West-German cameras from this period. The lens itself was a Schneider-Kreuznach Retina-Xenon 50/2. Sn. 5116235.
ASA/DIN setting on the dial to the right , together with an EV scale from 2 to 18. Reading of values(from selenium meter in the front) in a window along the dial where two arrows will meet when you turn the EV dial. Read the given number and adjust the EV ring on the lens accordingly. Then the given mix of aperture/shutter speed can be chosen. Simple? No. One can understand why other camera makers found other solutions.

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08.04 | 13:30

Hi,
Thank you! You are right, and I have corrected the chapter of Rolleiflex.
However, the first Voigtländer VSL-1, under Rollei control, had M42 mount.

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07.04 | 11:50

Hi. The Rolleiflex 35 models did not use M42 but the QBM mount, which is identical to the Voigtländer bayonet.
http://www.klassik-cameras.de/RolleiflexSL35.htm

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22.03 | 22:04

Hi,
You are right, and I have described it as such in the chapter about Voigtländer.
(1959-1969). But it came out wrong here, and will be corrected. Thanks!

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22.03 | 20:36

The Bessamatic had interchangeable lenses (think Zoomar, the first 35mm camera zoomlens). Nice site, keep it up

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