Kodak Retinette Ib

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The name Retinette IB is used for two rigid-bodied, 35mm viewfinder cameras in the series of Retinettes made by Kodak AG in Germany.

The Type 037 camera was made between October 1959 and February 1963. It has a built-in coupled selenium meter made by Gossen; the meter readout is visible in the bright-line viewfinder, and is used by centering the meter needle. The lens is a Rodenstock Reomar 45mm f/2.8 in a Pronto-LK shutter, with speeds from 1/15 to 1/500 second, plus Bulb. The film is advanced with a lever, unusually mounted underneath the camera. This is made from plastic (and it is common to find Retinette IBs with a broken lever). The known serial number range of the camera is from 50981 to 274266: thus if the series was continuous, a minimum of 224,266 type 037 cameras were made.

The Type 045 camera was made from February 1963 to 1966. It has a Prontor 500 LK shutter, with speeds up to 1/500 second, a hot shoe for flash, and a depth-of-field scale. The name on the top plate was changed from the 037's rising script typeface to a horizontal, sans-serif type. The known serial number range is from 285443 to 540065: again, if the series was continuous, a minimum of 254,623 type 045 cameras were made.

The Retinette IA is similar, but without the exposure meter. None of the Retinettes has a rangefinder: this feature is reserved to the Retina cameras.

Neither camera was imported by Eastman Kodak Company into the United States of America.

  • Lens: Rodenstock Reomar 45mm f/2.8
  • Shutters:
    • Pronto-LK (Type 037)
    • Prontor 500 LK, 1/15-1/500 + Bulb (Type 045)
  • Coupled Gossen selenium light meter
  • Uses 32mm push on filters

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