Kodak Retina and Ektra RangefindersThis forum is for 35mm Kodak Retinas and Ektras rangefinders. The Retinas are known for their German engineering, relatively modest price and superb lenses. The Ektras are known as by far the finest 35mm American made rangefinder ever made.
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.