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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02.12 | 10:51

Wow, I wish it was me who just "picked up" that one! May I ask from where? About how rare: Read more about it under Asahi Pentax 1957-64.

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01.12 | 00:29

I picked up a 'Penta Asahiflex H2' serial#230415, seems in pretty good condition with a couple of lenses and accessories. Apparently these are rare?

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24.10 | 21:19

Hi,
Honeywell was the US distributor and had their name on the cameras until Pentax established its own US-office. H3v was identical to Asahi Pentax SV. Thanks!

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24.10 | 18:55

Hello,
Great site! I don't see my Honeywell Pentax listed here. It was my first SLR that I bought it used in the late 1960's. Model H3v, any info?

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