Your Humble Filmosaur has always been attracted to mechanical things. Industrial designers over the last few centuries have produced some wonderfully intricate machines, cameras among them, that manage to be both quite beautiful and highly functional. Modern industry can do amazing things, but injection-molded plastics can’t hold an aesthetic candle to the metal and leather of the earlier 20th Century. Owning several interesting old cameras produced from the Depression to the Jet Age, I will from time to time examine one of them with a series of photos in an effort to highlight the details of the design, examining the form rather than the function. First up is my Kodak Retina I (010), first of the post-war Retinas, built in Stuttgart, Germany between 1945 and 1949.
Details: Kodak Retina I