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Kodak Retina IB (type 019)
France Version française
Photos by PG text by PG. From the collection of PG. Last update 2018-06-22 par Sylvain Halgand.

Manufactured or assembled in Germany from 1958 to 1960.
Index of rarity in France: Rare (among non-specialized garage sales)
Inventory number: 2437

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We may hesitate to describe this unit as a compact or a folding camera. It is both because it has an externally invisible bellows because hidden by a fairing but visible from the inside, open housing.

It is beautiful and gives the impression of strength like all Retina. This model was developed from the Retina Ib (018). The top cover is completely redesigned in order to insert a photoelectric light cell.

Just make sure the two pointers coincide and read the IL value engraved on top of the button in front of the arrow. The value of IT is plotted on the shutter rim and you then have to choose the shutter speed / aperture couple that best suits the intended picture.

From 1958, the viewfinder is collimated frame.

To close the camera, the lens must be set to infinity, if this is not the case, a safety feature prevents the closure, then you must press both buttons that are located above and below the lens (the top button is visible below the viewfinder). 76,000 copies of the Retina IB were manufactured.

Kodak Retina IB