My son came across this kit and sent it to me. Did a quick search and found this camera was produced between 1961-64 in Germany for Kodak. The kit contained a Retina Reflex III camera (serial # 95651)with a 50mm f/2.8 Retina-Zenar lens and a 135mm f/4 Retina tele-zenar lens both made be Schneidar-Kreuznach. Included were two medium yellow filters and a Kodablitz flash with one AG-1 bulb. All were kept in a brown leather case. It was fun cleaning the accumulated dirt and crud from everything and checking it out. Since everything except the exposure counter seemed to work, I put in a roll of color film and shot away. Took the roll to CVS and the pictures turned out great.
Not bad for a 46 year old camera. Has anyone else had a similar experience for this camera?
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#1. "RE: Kodak Retina Reflex III Kit" | In response to Reply # 0jrp Charter MemberMon 28-May-07 07:37 AM
Sorry to say but my experience with this camera is old.
I had one of those when they were new.
What I remember is that they were made in Germany and that it had a Synchro Compur shutter, synchronizing at any shutter speed.
Mechanically the camera was very complex, very German if I may so, therefore hard to fix; but the images it took were splendid.
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#2. "RE: Kodak Retina Reflex III Kit" | In response to Reply # 0dwig Registered since 30th May 2004Mon 28-May-07 12:56 PM
>My son came across this kit and sent it to me. Did a quick
>search and found this camera was produced between 1961-64 in
>Germany for Kodak.
Actually, that should be "by Kodak" and not "for Kodak". It was made in Kodak's own German plant. Typical George Eastman acquistion behavior was at work. First Kodak had the original Retina made by the Nagel Kamera Werke for sale under the Kodak name. This was back in the '30s. They liked the results and subsequently bought Nagel and continued to make Retina cameras for several decades.
>The kit contained a Retina Reflex III
>camera (serial # 95651)with a 50mm f/2.8 Retina-Zenar lens
>and a 135mm f/4 Retina tele-zenar lens both made be
These were excellent cameras in terms of image quality and were reasonably reliable. They used a similar shutter to that found in the leaf shuttered mechanical Hasselblads (Victor Hasselblad cut his teeth, so to speak, working in Kodaks German plant). the Kodak Retinas had the shutter permanently mounted on the body, changing only the lens, which limited the size of the rear elements severly. This kept all lenses rather slow except the 50mm. The complex shutter and mirror system did make servicing them a major chore (read very expensive). Most SLR's with leaf shutters had fixed lenses (e.g. Nikon's Nikkorex models other than the Nikkorex F) and Hasselblad chose to put a shutter in each lens. This still made for a complex design but eliminated most of the optical restrictions.
My High School had one way back when and it was the first SLR that I used. It did good work and survided our HS staff well enough. It did have noticably more shutter lag than the Pentax H1a we acquired by sophmore year but we had the 135 for the Kodak and no tele for the Pentax for another year so the Kodak remained our sports camera for a while. You learned to anticipate your shots.
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retired: F,ELW, 21mm, 45 f/2.8 GN
used to own: S2, SP, F2, F3, 20mm f/3.5, 35mm f/1.4, 35mm f/2.8, 43-86 f/3.5, 50mm f/2, 50 f/1.4 (for S2/SP), 55mm f/3.5 Micro, 105mm f/2.5, 105mm f/4 Micro, 300mm f/4.5, 180mm f/4.5 (for 4x5)