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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28.07 | 11:46

I have a -50 and an -M along with an SF-X sadly all are scrap thanks to the poor quality motor BUT I do have a -5S which I have nothing but praise for

11.07 | 02:00

Hi Henrik,
Interesting. But where is the source for this? I have read several articles on the K-mount history, but never saw that proved.

10.07 | 21:16

Värt att nämna att Zeiss försökte ta fram en ny Contax tillsammans med Pentax, vilket var anledningen till K-bajonetten, men samarbetet bröts av Zeiss.

01.07 | 20:11

Hi Andy,
Congratulations with a rare camera! How damaged is it? I would like to have look at it, please send the photo to bosse.hs1@gmail.com.

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