Profile: Kodak Retina IIc 020

The Kodak Retina IIc.

Folding camera!

Produced between 1954 and 1957 (depending on who you ask…) the IIc listed for $135 which was a lot of money at the time.

But for your buck, the camera boasts a bunch of quite sophisticated features.

1:2.8/50 lens (seriously sharp Schneider optics)

1s – 1/500th shutter speed range

F 2.8 – F 22

Focus scale + rangefinder focusing

36 exposure counter

Manual advance and rewind, obviously.

The IIc even features a couple of clever fail safe stops e.g. the lens won’t fold back in unless you set it to infinity (a feature which the famous Bessa III lacks sorely. I’ve seen one too many IIIs with a ruined lens from it not being at infinity when stored back in the body of the camera).

All real metal and tough leatherette. The IIc on my desk has been churning out photos for almost 60 years and is showing no sign of breaking down. The leatherette is pretty much as it would have been on the day it left the factory, albeit a bit dustier. I’ll bet you can drop this from 3 meters onto concrete pavement and still have a working camera for your sunset photographs this afternoon.

Brilliant. They don’t make them like this anymore.

Photos from Mainline Customer’s Autographic Kodak Jr

Mainline customer Clay has recently had his Kodak Autographic Junior restored with us. He emailed us some great black and white photos taken with this grand old camera

Kodak Autographic Junior + Ilford Delta 400

Kodak Autographic Junior + Ilford Delta 400

Kodak Autographic Junior + Ilford Delta 400

Kodak Autographic Junior + Ilford Delta 400

Kodak Autographic Junior + Ilford Delta 400

Kodak Autographic Junior + Ilford Delta 400

A bit about this camera:

The Autographic Kodak Jr camera is a medium format camera with a fold out lens-bellows assembly that was produced between 1914 and 1927. Kodak made over 800,000 units making this one of the first mass production cameras of the 20th century. If featured a B&L lens with effective apertures from f8 – f32. The camera came with a stylus which allowed the photographer to write things upon the film paper such as the date or the subject of a photograph. Hence “Autographic.”