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Retina II Type 142 Question
Old 03-15-2016   #1
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Retina II Type 142 Question

Almost every Retina II Type 142 I have seen has a badly clouded lens. I have two questions.

1) Is this a problem with this particular model?

2) Can it be repaired?

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Many of these pre-war Retinas were stored over the years in damp or otherwise improper way. As a result many have balsum separation which causes cloudiness in the lens. It can be fixed but is a rather expensive job.

There are still a number out there that have clean/clear lens and can still be found cheap..
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The only copies of this particular Retina (Type 142) I have seen for sale in the last two years with out a fogged lens were made for the European market. While this problem occurs in some cameras, I have never seen it appear in apparently every copy. I know some Leica lenses have the same trouble.
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