Kodak cameras

Kodak Retina Reflex S re-assembly

A couple of weeks ago I completed the restringing of the exposure meter of my Retina Reflex S which left me with a clean and working shutter and body ready to assemble together again. Yesterday I completed that operation and got the shutter re-assembled onto the camera body. I have to say that this was probably the most awkward part of the whole re-assembly. It wasn’t exactly difficult, but I found it frustrating because I had to do it three […]

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Kodak Retinette 1B – type 045

The Kodak Retinette 1B was a viewfinder camera made by Kodak to be a simpler, cheaper alternative to their Retina series of rangefinder and slr cameras. Kodak Retinette 1B Images My Kodak Retinette 1B Camera I bought this camera as a bundle along with a Kodak Instamatic 304 camera. They were sold as untested and therefore not guaranteed working but as it turns out both are actually fine and work as expected. Although I wasn’t really interested in the Instamatic it […]

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Re-stringing the exposure meter on a retina reflex S

The next part of my Kodak Retina Reflex refurbishment was to replace the meter cord with new string because on both of my donor cameras it had broken. The first problem I had was to find some suitable cord to use. It needs to be strong enough to withstand being moved across pulleys and be held under tension, but also thin enough to fit in the very narrow groves and channels. These pictures can also be viewed full size here. […]

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My top camera finds of 2016

It is customary at the end of the year to look forward to what you hope will happen in the coming year and look back on what happened in the last year. This year has been turbulent for many reasons, but from the point of view of collecting vintage cameras, in many ways normality reigned. 2016 Finds The year started with me feeling as though I’d found an old friend when I picked up this Olympus OM-20 with it’s prime […]

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Kodak Retina Reflex S shutter repair

Having stripped down and successfully cleaned and re-assembled the film advance mechanism on my Kodak Retina Reflex S, the next part I needed to get working was the shutter, and this post documents how I did that. These pictures can be viewed full sized here. Again I am indebted to the article on the Retina Reflex site which explains how to carry out the strip down and rebuild of the retina reflex s shutter. With the shutter unit off the […]

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Rebuilding the Kodak Retina Reflex S film transport

A couple of days ago I stripped down one of my Retina Reflex S cameras with the aim of making one good camera from the parts of the two I have. Well today I started the re-assembly operation with the film transport assembly. These pictures can also be viewed full size here. My original aim was to strip down the worse of the units and re-assemble it as a practice before I did the same to the better unit. I […]

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Stripping down a Kodak Retina Reflex S

As I said in my last post I have a couple of Retina Reflex S cameras which I bought as non working units with the intention of hopefully making a good working unit from the two. I’d just done an initial assessment when I wrote my last post, but now I’ve looked in more detail and I’ve found that one of the units is in a much worse state than the other one. Therefore, I’ve decided to strip that unit […]

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A pair of Kodak Retina Reflex S cameras

This is my initial assessment of a pair of Kodak Retina Reflex cameras I bought a couple of days ago for £20. They are both non-functional, and I’m hoping that I can salvage one camera from the two, or if the worse comes to the worse use them as parts for my Retina Reflex III. My Cameras As I said above I bought both these cameras from the same seller on eBay who was absolutely clear that neither body worked […]

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Kodak Retina Reflex III 35mm slr camera

The Kodak Retina Reflex III is a 35mm, single lens reflex camera made by Kodak AG in Stuttgart, Germany between the years of 1960 and 1964. The camera features an inbuilt light meter, a split image rangefinder in the centre of the focusing screen and interchangeable lenses. Kodak Retina III Images My Kodak Retina Reflex III Camera I found this camera on eBay in an auction starting at only £10. Most Retina Reflex cameras I’ve seen on eBay are either in […]

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A lesson learned – and a guide for others

Over the last few days I’ve been refurbishing a Kodak Retina IIc 35mm rangefinder camera which I picked up as a non working model from eBay. Having stripped down the shutter and got it fully working, and then cleaned up the focus of its gummy grease, the last step in the process was to refit the shutter to the camera body and make sure the cocking mechanism was properly coupled to the film advance. Fitting the shutter is a relatively […]

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Cleaning the focus mechanism on a Kodak Retina IIc rangefinder

This post describes the antics I went through when I cleaned the focus mechanism in my Kodak Retina IIc rangefinder. This followed on from cleaning the shutter, so the shutter was removed from the camera when I started this operation. These pictures can be viewed full size here. The first part of the operation was to remove the plate which transmits the position of the focus helicoid to the rangefinder on the top of the camera. This is removed my […]

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Cleaning the Compur Synchro shutter from a Kodak Retina IIc rangefinder camera

In my last post I described how I removed the shutter from my Kodak Retina IIc camera, and in this post I’m going to describe how I stripped it down and cleaned the slow speed regulator and self timer. Although I have carried this procedure on other compur shutters, I still found a lot of guidance for this on the retina rescue site and I would recommend anyone who needs to work on these cameras to pay a visit to […]

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Removing the shutter from a Retina IIc 35mm rangefinder

In my last post I described how I removed the top cover from my recently acquired Kodak Retina IIc 35mm rangefinder in order to remove dust particles and check the condition of the cocking rack. In this post I’m going to describe how I removed the lens rear element for cleaning, and also removed the shutter assembly so I can clean the shutter and get the camera’s slow speeds working again. These pictures can also be viewed full size here. […]

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Kodak Retina IIc top cover removal

This afternoon I took the top cover off my Retina IIc 35mm rangefinder camera and I just wanted to publish some pictures to help anyone who needed to do the same operation. Although it was an easy job, I always think it is easier if you know what is under the cover before you take it off, so these pictures may be useful to someone. These pictures can also be viewed full size here. Removing the top cover was very […]

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Kodak Retina IIc 35mm rangefinder camera

The Kodak Retina IIc 35mm rangefinder camera was one model of a long line of cameras which Kodak made from the mid 1930’s through to the late 1950’s. It was one of the later models, and was made in the mid to late 1950’s. Kodak Retina IIc Images My Kodak Retina IIc Camera I bought this camera to increase my somewhat limited Kodak Retina collection. Since I only had a Retina IIa prior to this purchase I doubled my collection with […]

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