Kodak Regent - Antique and Vintage Cameras

Kodak Regent

1935

Kodak A.G.

Stuttgart

Germany

Image of Kodak Regent

Lens:
f4.5, 10.5 cm Zeiss Tessar, iris diaphragm to f32. Serial no. 1796752 (1936).

Shutter:
Compur Rapid, speeds 1 - 1/400, B, T. Delayed action. Serial no. 5144776.

Construction:
Leather covered metal body, leather bellows.

Format:
8, 2 ¼" x 3 ¼" exposures on 620 roll-film or 16, 2 ¼" x 1 ⅝" exposures.

Focusing:
Bellows.

Attributes:
Coupled rangefinder giving double image, one window is coloured red the other clear. Optical eye-level finder with mask for 16-on.
Film advance indicated by red window, not coupled to shutter. Single tripod bush with plug.

Serial Number:
904050 .

With:
Case.

During the 1930s a number of precision folding roll-film, coupled rangefinder, cameras appeared on the market e.g. Prominent (1932), Super-Ikonta (1934), Regent (1935), Bessa (1936). These cameras moved away from the traditional waist-level operation and adopted eye-level finders, partly for the convenience of using the rangefinder but also because of the trend developed by eye-level 35 mm cameras.

The Regent, produced in Germany at the former Nagel factory, was a very streamlined and well-made camera but the very small and inconveniently placed rangefinder windows made the camera difficult to use. It was replaced by the model 11 in 1939 - a more conventional looking camera. The price with an f4.5 lens and case was £20.0.0.

Variations:

  • Some (? Early) models have a yellow instead of a red rangefinder window.
  • Compur or Compur Rapid shutters.
  • f4.5 Tessar; f3.8 Xenar; f4.5 Xenar lenses.

References & Notes:
BJA 1936, pp. 20, 276. Minit&Cine, 1938, p. 45. Minit&Cine, 1939, p. 153.

Further Information:
Coe, Cameras, p. 132.


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