Kodak Retina Ia – 015
Made for the European market, the 115 is uncommon in the used market in Canada and the US. Other European models were manufactured in France, while this came out of Stuttgart. Similar overall appearance to the earlier 013, the earlier European model, but with a lever winder that also cocks the shutter. The frame counter is within the winding lever, guess as the lever took some real estate on the top fascia. As with its 013, the shutter triggers via a top-mounted button connected to the lens barrel via a set of levers. Common to all top activated klapp cameras, sometimes it gets tired and takes adjustment.
The mystery magic button by the trigger made its debut appearance on this model; I would guess to overcome the potential out of alignment as described above.
As with other Retina models, set the distance dial to infinity before closing the front cover.
My pet peeve: here, Kodak had mercy for the future collectors and uniquely named this model as Ia, with no other models sharing that definition. Phew.
|Model||Retina Ia |
|Weight||500 gr, Body with lens|
|Class average weight||590 gr, Body with lens|
|Lens make||Ektar / Xenar / Heligon|
|Lens mount||Fixed lens|