With 6 months warranty ,lens not clean
Manufactured from 1951 to 1954, the Retina Ia was introduced at the same time as the Retina IIa rangefinder model.
The Retina Ia was the first of the Retina I models to be equipped with a lever to simultaneously advance the film and cock the shutter. All the previous Retinas used a knob to advance the film, and the shutter had to be cocked manually for each exposure instead.
Just like the earlier Retina I (type 013), this model was fitted with either an f/3.5 Xenar lens like the one pictured, an f/2.8 Xenar, or a Kodak Ektar. The shutter used for the very earliest examples was a flash-synchronised Compur Rapid, but the bulk of the production were fitted with a Synchro-Compur shutter instead.
The Synchro-Compur gave correct flash synch for both electronic flash and flash bulbs, while the Compur-Rapid shutter had only a single flash synch, which is effectively an 'X' synch.-read more
Folding lens design (there were some non-folders later on, but I will bar them from inclusion in this write-up as I don't collect them)
Coupled rangefinder (except the I series)
Compur-type leaf shutter, allowing electronic flash sync up to the maximum speed of 1/500 sec
Excellent German optics
The same design flaw in converting the winder rotation to the lens winding mechanism - it's easy for the L-shaped crank pin to get jammed .
I've been to too many antiques shows and seen just way too many Brownies, Instamatics, and broken folders stacked up to the ceiling and worth their weight in scrap metal. To me, the notion of a "quality Kodak camera" is an oxymoron. Kodak's are cheap, mass-market commodities, the early equivalents of disposable cameras.
But... there was one Kodak camera* that actually attempted to be quality. This was the early Kodak Retina series that was first released in 1934. That was until the bean-counters at Kodak realized they could cheapen the quality and mass produce it in the 1960s ..-Read more