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Kodak Retina (type 117)

Kodak Retina type 117

Manufactured in 1934 and 1935, this was Kodak's first in the long-lasting Retina camera series, and was introduced at the same time as Kodak's "Daylight Loading cartridge" for 35mm film.

Like the many Retina cameras that were to follow in the next three decades, this model was manufactured by Kodak A.G. in what had previously been the Dr. August Nagel Camerawerk factory in Stuttgart. The business had been purchased by Kodak in 1931.

You might notice, that just like on the later Retina type 118, the bright-work is nickel-plated, not chrome. It was not until the Retina I type 126 was introduced that chrome was used for the bright-work.

This model is found with a Schneider Xenar 5cm f/3.5 lens in either a Compur or Compur-Rapid shutter, or with a Kodak-Anastigmat 5cm f/3.5 lens in a Compur shutter.

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