Kodak Retina 126
|Produced||:||1936 - 1938|
|Body Type||:||Folding Strut|
|ImageSize||:||36mm x 24mm|
|Lens Type||:||Ectar Anastigmat|
|Focal Range||:||1m - inf.|
|Aperture Type||:||10 Blades|
|Aperture||:||f/3.5 - f/16|
|Shutter Speeds||:||T,B,1-1/500 sec|
|Size Closed (w x h x d)||:||75 x 120 x 83 mm|
|Size Open (w x h x d)||:||75 x 120 x 38 mm|
Art Deco Credentials
Iconic: Famous, well-known and celebrated
- Produced during the main Art Deco period.
- Art Deco design on front plate.
- Chromed mechanism housing, struts, top plate and body edges.
- Chromed wind and rewind knobs and depth of field plate.
- Angled ends to body.
- Geometric lined embossed pattern on leatherette.
- Concentric circles on wind and rewind knobs.
- Trapezoidal viewfinder
- Lined patterning on door lock
Behind the Art deco lens-shutter barrel front plate lies a Kodak-Anastigmat Ektar f:3,5 F=5cm lens with aperture f/3.5-f/16. Focusing is by a small handle and scale behind the lens-shutter barrel. There is a DOF scale in German on the bottom plate. It has a Compur-Rapid leaf shutter with speeds 1-1/500s + T & B. The cocking lever as well as the shutter release are on the lens-shutter barrel . The frame counter on the top plate is an additive type with manual reset by small milled lever on the back of the top plate. The viewfinder is of reverse telescopic type with a very small frame.
There is no double exposure prevention and a small lever on the back of the top plate releases the film for rewind. The bellows are self erecting and are opened by a small silver knob on the bottom plate and is closed by pressing the small knobs on the struts. The back cover is hinged and opens by a latch on the left side of the camera. It has a 1/4 inch tripod socket. The body is made from metal and it weighs 471g.
How to Use
This camera is basically a Retina I and you can find the manual here:- Retina I Manual. I found the shutter release too easily tripped, taking images when I was not ready.
Images using this camera
Film - Ilford FP4 plus, 35mm