Kodak Retina Cameras in Collection
117 thumb 118 thumb 119 thumb 126 141 Retina II
1934 Retina I
Model 117
1935 Retina I
Model 118
1936 Retina I
Model 119
1937 Retina I
Model 126
1937 Retina I
Model 141
1937 Retina II
Model 142
143 Retinette a thumb Rertina IIa Retinette a thumb 010 014
1938 Retina I
Model 143
1939 Retinette
Original Model
1941 Retina IIa
Model 150
1947 Retinette
Model 147
1949 Retina I
Model 010
1949 Retina II
Model 014
Retina 1a Retiona IIa 016 1b-018 117 thumb III-c Ib-019I
1951 Retina Ia
Model 015
1951 Retina IIa
Model 016
1954 Retina Ib
Model 018
1954 Retina IIc
Model 020
1954 Retina IIIc
Model 021
1957 RetinaIB
Model  019I
Retina 1B Retina 2C Retina IIB IIC-128 2f-047 RetAuto 039
1958 RetinaIB
Model  019II
1957 Retina IIC
Model 029
1959 Retina IIS
Model 024
1958 Retina IIIC
Model 128
1963 Retina IIF
Model 047
1963 Retina Automatic III
Model 039
In 1932, George Eastman, owner of Kodak purchased the Nagel Camerawerk in Stuttgart, Germany.  Dr. Nagel was respected internationally as one of the top camera designers in the German Photographic industry. Eastman agreed to let him run the company his way and to ship the cameras with Kodak’s name on them. Kodak acquired a prestige camera line with little more than the flourish of a pen. 

In 1933 Nagel began designing a 35mm camera using Kodak’s newly developed daylight loading cartridge.  Both Leica and Contax used special hand-loaded-in-the-darkroom cassettes, factory packaged magazines were not yet available. 

In December 1934 the first Retina was sold to the  public. Model 117 was followed one year later by an improved version, Model 118 and the rest is history. Over two dozen Retina and Retinette models followed over the next  three decades with the last Retina manufactured in 1964.

1941 Retina Model 150 is a rare camera produced during World War II before the United States entered the War.