Kodak Retinette is the name of a classic series of cameras manufactured by the Eastman Kodak
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company. They were introduced in 1939 as a less expensive alternative to the Kodak Retina
Retina was the name of a long-running series of German-built Kodak cameras. Retinas were manufactured in Stuttgart by Nagel Camerawerk, which Kodak had acquired in 1931, and sold under the Kodak nameplate. Retinas were noted for their compact size, quality, and low cost compared to their...
series. The first models were of the folding type using bellow
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s and their lenses had three elements as compared to the four element Tessar lenses ( meaning four) of the Retina series. The first non-folding (rigid) variant was introduced in 1954 with the model 022. They most often featured Schneider Kreuznach
Schneider Kreuznach is the abbreviated name of the company Jos. Schneider Optische Werke GmbH, which is sometimes also simply referred to as Schneider. They are a manufacturer of industrial and photographic optics....
Reomar lenses but, sometimes, Rodenstock
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Reomar lenses were installed. The Rodenstock lenses were based on the original Schneider Kreuznach triplet (three optical element) design. Kodak Anastigmat Angénieux
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lenses were also used especially for the French
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market. Common shutters included Compur–Rapid as well as various Pronto, Vero and Kodak models.