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Kodak Retinal II 35mm camera HAS BEEN SOLD
Jan 5, 2022 21:44:36   #
DaveD65 Loc: Queen City, Ohio
 
Received a call from a dear cousin, seems he came a crossed a 35mm camera his deceased brother bought while in the Army in Germany in the early 1950's. He asked me if I could find its value and possibly know any camera collectors who might be interested in such a camera. For its age (over 70+ years) it seems to be in very good condition. I took about a dozen photos for illustration. This camera seems to work OK and appears perfect except for some scratches on the leather lens covering. There are no crackes or wear on the bellows. Even the old battery in the flash did not leak or corrode. No one remembers this camera being used very much. The leather case is neither rotted or dried out. I hope someone can help. Please PM me if anyone has interest or any information about the camera. Thanks for any in-put you might have.


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Jan 5, 2022 21:49:50   #
rmalarz Loc: Tempe, Arizona
 
Dave, here's one place to check for value. https://collectiblend.com/Cameras/Kodak-Eastman/Retina-II-(011).html
You'll need to copy the entire link and paste it into a browser.

I have one of those and use it. It's a great camera. If memory serves, I paid about $250 for mine. I purchased it from a local camera store.
--Bob
DaveD65 wrote:
Received a call from a dear cousin, seems he came a crossed a 35mm camera his deceased brother bought while in the Army in Germany in the early 1950's. He asked me if I could find its value and possibly know any camera collectors who might be interested in such a camera. For its age (over 70+ years) it seems to be in very good condition. I took about a dozen photos for illustration. This camera seems to work OK and appears perfect except for some scratches on the leather lens covering. There are no crackes or wear on the bellows. Even the old battery in the flash did not leak or corrode. No one remembers this camera being used very much. The leather case is neither rotted or dried out. I hope someone can help. Please PM me if anyone has interest or any information about the camera. Thanks for any in-put you might have.
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Jan 5, 2022 22:02:00   #
letmedance Loc: Walnut, Ca.
 
rmalarz wrote:
Dave, here's one place to check for value. https://collectiblend.com/Cameras/Kodak-Eastman/Retina-II-(011).html
You'll need to copy the entire link and paste it into a browser.

I have one of those and use it. It's a great camera. If memory serves, I paid about $250 for mine. I purchased it from a local camera store.
--Bob


It looks as if the URL is wrong.

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Jan 5, 2022 22:04:18   #
rmalarz Loc: Tempe, Arizona
 
Nope, it's correct. Please note the comment of copying the entire URL and pasting it into a browser.
--Bob
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It looks as if the URL is wrong.


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Jan 5, 2022 22:17:28   #
jmccl Loc: Western Shore of Utah Lake
 
I have (and use) the previous version, the Retina 1a. looks like the Retina II has the f/2.0 lens. Great little full frame pocket camera. Load it with Kodak Tmax 100 for great black and white photos.

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Jan 6, 2022 02:32:10   #
Pablo8 Loc: Nottingham UK.
 
A fore-runner of the Retina Reflex (SLR) first SLR I ever saw when in Cyprus 1958/9.A fellow RAF guy had a 90mm lens as well as the 50mm standard lens. Nice piece of 'Kit'.

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Jan 6, 2022 03:42:28   #
wrangler5 Loc: Missouri
 
A Retina II was my first "real" camera. Mine had the Kodak 47mm f/2 Ektar lens. My father bought it used from a local camera store when I went to summer camp for the first time in 1956. It took some glorious photos on the Kodachrome of the day - when I guessed the exposure correctly.

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Jan 6, 2022 09:57:47   #
AndyT Loc: Hampstead, New Hampshire
 
I have the IIc. Beautifully designed camera for it's day.

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Jan 6, 2022 14:17:17   #
Bill 45
 
I have a Retina IIc and a Retina IIIC (Large C) with a Schneidero Kruznach 35mm lens // Two 50mm lenses// 80mm lens. Both cameras are working fine with no problems.

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Jan 6, 2022 16:01:15   #
philo Loc: philo, ca
 
I purchased this camera in 1957. was my first camera while in the navy. it is long gone.

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Jan 8, 2022 10:02:41   #
StanMac Loc: Tennessee
 
The problem your cousin will have is getting the camera in front of the collectors who would be interested in a camera like the Retina without setting up an account on eBay, Etsy or similar web venue. I’ve seen collectible cameras on Craigs List languish for weeks

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Jan 8, 2022 16:01:17   #
Dave H2
 
I have a Retina IIIc, purchased in 1960 and took many 35mm slides with it. It's in good shape with an extra lens and case if anyone is interested. It just sits in my photo equipment box.
Dave

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Jan 9, 2022 12:46:45   #
Bill 45
 
StanMac wrote:
The problem your cousin will have is getting the camera in front of the collectors who would be interested in a camera like the Retina without setting up an account on eBay, Etsy or similar web venue. I’ve seen collectible cameras on Craigs List languish for weeks


Other problems are: Posted rates have go up and at this time a lot of people don't the money to spend on a use camera. I had a camera on Craigs List on for two months with no sale, so I pull it off Craigs List.

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