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Retina 1

Retina 1

Style, film format Folding 35mm zone focus

Lens, shutter Uncoated 50m f/3.5 Kodak Anastigmat, Compur-Rapid

Photo quality Very good

Ergonomics Generally good with well-placed controls

As World War II approached, Kodak's factory in Stuttgart continued to push out new models. This was one of them. Like the original models, it was a small folding camera and one of the last before the model was to grow.

This Retina featured a satin chrome finish, replacing the black enamel of the past. It also featured a body-mounted shutter release on the top deck -- just where you would expect to find it. Focusing was still done by guessing, and a small Galilean finder helped the user frame his shot.

The camera had automatic double-exposure prevention, which eliminated the need for the R-A switch.

This particular camera used an uncoated Kodak Ektar lens in a Compur-Rapid shutter. The Ektar was a rebadged  Schneider-Kreuznach Xenar.

There is a small accessory shoe for a rangefinder. It's not big enough to hold a flash, and the shutter didn't provide any ability for flash synchronization.