Kodak Retinette

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The Kodak Retinette is a series of 35mm viewfinder cameras made in Germany by Kodak AG. They were a budget version of the Retina series, without rangefinders. The "B" models had light meters. The models are difficult to tell apart from a distance, but identifying features include EV numbers above the lens, flash synchronisation socket on lens or body, and distance markings in feet (for UK) or meters (continental Europe). Some models also have a button next to the shutter release that enables double-exposures to be made. Pressing it allows the shutter to be cocked when winding on, without the film moving to the next frame.


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Chronological list

Model TypeBodyIntroducedWithdrawn
Retinette 147 Folding19391940
Retinette II 160 Folding19391941
Retinette 012 Folding19491951
Retinette 017 Folding19521954
Retinette 022 Solid 19541958
Retinette f 022/7Solid 19551958
Retinette I 030 Solid 19581959
Retinette I 030/9Solid 19581958
Retinette f 030/7Solid 19581959
Retinette II 026 Solid 19581959
Retinette IIB 031 Solid 19581959
Retinette IA035 Solid 19591961
Retinette IA035/7Solid 19591960
Retinette IIA 036 Solid 19591960
Retinette IB037 Solid 19601963
Retinette IA042 Solid 19621963
Retinette IA044 Solid 19631967
Retinette IB045 Solid 19631966


Retinette lenses and serial numbers

All Retinettes have a body serial number.

  • On types 147, 160, 012 and early 017 cameras (including French versions of type 017) the serial number is located inside the back door adjacent to the film pressure plate.
  • The remaining Retinette cameras have the body serial number engraved on the top housing.

Here is a list of Retinette types with lens/shutter combinations:

Pre-war Retinettes

  • Type 147 - Kodak-Anastigmat 1:6.3 F=5cm lens / AGC-K3 shutter
  • Type 160 - Kodak-Anastigmat 1:4.5 F=5cm lens / AGC-K4S shutter
  • Type 160 - Kodak-Anastigmat 1:3.5 F=5cm lens / Compur shutter

Post-war Retinettes

  • Type 012 - Ennatar f:4.5/50mm lens / PRONTOR-S shutter
  • Type 012 - Schneider Reomar 1:4.5/50mm lens / Prontor-S shutter
  • Type 012 - KODAK ANASTIGMAT f:4.5 ANGENIEUX 50mm lens / KODAK B, 1-250 shutter
  • Type 012 - KODAK ANASTIGMAT f:4.5 ANGENIEUX 50mm lens / KODAK B, 250-1 shutter
  • Type 017 - Schneider Reomar 1:4.5/50mm lens / Prontor-S shutter
  • Type 017 - Schneider Reomar 1:4.5/50mm lens / Prontor-SV shutter
  • Type 017 - KODAK ANASTIGMAT f:4.5 ANGENIEUX 50mm lens / KODAK shutter
  • Type 017 - KODAK ANASTIGMAT f:3.5 ANGENIEUX 50mm lens / KODAK shutter
  • Type 022 - Schneider Reomar 1:3.5/45mm lens / Compur-Rapid shutter without EV scale
  • Type 022 - Schneider Reomar 1:3.5/45mm lens / Compur-Rapid shutter with red on black EV scale
  • Type 022 - Schneider Reomar 1:3.5/45mm lens / Compur-Rapid shutter with red on chrome EV scale - rectangular lens panel.
  • Type 022/7 - KODAK ANASTIGMAT F:3.5 ANGENIEUX 45mm lens / Kodak 1 - 1/250 shutter without EV scale
  • Type 022/7 - KODAK ANASTIGMAT F:3.5 ANGENIEUX 45mm lens / Kodak 1 - 1/250 shutter with EV scale
  • Type 030 - Schneider Reomar 1:3.5/45mm lens / Compur-Rapid shutter
  • Type 030/9 - Schneider Reomar 1:3.5/45mm lens / Compur-Rapid shutter/ feet-only focus scale / Sonderausfuhrung Made for Kodak Ltd England 1958
  • Type 030/7 - KODAK ANASTIGMAT F:3.5 ANGENIEUX 45mm lens / Kodak 1 - 1/250 shutter with EV scale
  • Type 031 - Schneider Reomar 1:2.8/45mm lens / Compur-Rapid 1 - 1/500 shutter with EV scale


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