The Kodak Retina line contains some of my favorite cameras, due in no small part to the second camera in my collection, my great-grandmother’s Type 126. I find Retinas to have some of the best hand-feel of any pocketable cameras.

As with all folding Retinas I have had the pleasure of using, the IIc has excellent build quality, having been produced by Kodak-owned Nagel Camerawerke in Stuttgart, Germany.

This particular IIc, as some of you will no doubt notice, is not entirely correct. It came with the f2 Xenon lens, likely from a IIIc. It will be interesting to see what results from this combination.

 

Make Kodak
Model Retina IIc (type 020)
Year 1954-1957
Format 35mm
Shutter Synchro-Compur
Speed B,1,2,4,8,15,30,60,125,250,500
Lens Schneider-Kreuznach Retina-Xenon
f2.0 50mm (should be f2.8)
Focus 2.5 ft to ∞
Aperture f2.8 to 22
Light Meter No
Rangefinder Yes