Retina camera type 117. Folding camera for 35mm for 24 x 36mm. Fitted with a Schneider Xenar lens F: 5cm, f/3.5 No 694235. Compur shutter 1/2/5/10/25/50/100/300/B/T. Helical focusing of whole lens to 3.5 feet. Direct vision optical finder. Rotary exposure counter. Depth of field scale. No. 449875. Kodak AG, 1934-1935.
Kodak Retina (type 117), made by Kodak in Germany between 1934 and 1935.
Fitted with a Schneider Xenar lens F: 5cm, f/3.5 No 694235. Compur shutter 1/2/5/10/25/50/100/300/B/T. Helical focusing of whole lens to 3.5 feet. Direct vision optical finder. Rotary exposure counter. Depth of field scale.
The Retina was the first camera to use daylight loading 135 cartridges, which went on to become the most popular photographic film format. Both the Retina camera and the daylight loading cartridge were invented Dr August Nagel, Kodak bought Nagel's company in 1931 and began production of the Retina in 1934. Retina cameras, of which the 117 was the first, were produced until 1950.
- Photographic Technology
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overall (deployed): 78 mm x 120 mm x 85 mm,
- 35mm camera
- tools and equipment
- equipment by process
- image making equipment
- camera (form)
- miniature camera
- The Kodak Collection at the National Media Museum, Bradford
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