West-Germany: KODAK RETINA: 1957-1967:

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 production of 135mm PP SLRs in 1967, not able to follow the Japanese (and East-German) competition.

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. This first model, called 025-series, was produced till 1959. 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 C 50/2. The C-lenses followed this first Retina Reflex series. Next series had S-series lenses. 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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I går | 14:32

It might be worth to mention that the Ia, IIa and IIb also were found in the US under Tower 23 and Tower 24 names.

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I går | 14:28

Hi Bosse,
There is very little evidence to support that the m42 versions were made by Asahi Opt. Company but more evidence that these were made by resellers.

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20.11 | 00:08

Hi Roland,
No I have no information about it. There were several producers of long tele lenses and they came with many names. Is it a preset lens? Serial nr?

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19.11 | 20:32

Hi Roland,
I have a Miranda camera and purchased a Safari 500mm 1:6.3 lens for it, but now cannot find any information on Safari lenses. Can you help?

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