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REVIEW: Kodak Retinette 1B

Posted by Bengt Köhler Sandberg 2013-09-13

Kodak Retinette 1B

Introduced: 1959


Lens: Rodenstock Reomar 45mm f/2.8
Closest Focus: 1m (3.3ft)
Aperture: f/2.8 - f/22
Shutter: 1/500 to 1/15 + B (Bulb)
Leaf shutter from Pronto-LK
Light meter: Yes, coupled Selenium cell (match needle in the viewfinder)
Battery: None
Flash: Yes, PC sync connection
Weight: 530g

Dubbel exposure

Takes 135 film
24×36 mm negative size.


One that works very well and its a little bigger then most cameras of this type hade around the same time.
Which I would call about medium size today and it has good brighness.

Match needle for the light meter.

Image quality

Analogue B&W film

Kodak Retinette 1B
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f/2.8 - f/8

Kodak Retinette 1B
Kodak Retinette 1B
Kodak Retinette 1B
Kodak Retinette 1B

Kodak Retinette 1B


Kodak Retinette 1B
Kodak Retinette 1B

Flare / Backlight
Kodak Retinette 1B
Kodak Retinette 1B

Build quality

Just amazing!!
Great build quality, solid as a rock and very nice feel to it.

Kodak Retinette 1B


Hard not to like a beautiful camera like this!
And it's a great one at most point like build quality and feel.

Image quality is also nice and sharp.
Renders very well with good contrast, bokeh and flare.
You do however have some corner softness and it gets a little soft wide open.

A camera that looks great in a camera collection and can also be just as fun to use.

Thumbs up:
Build quality, look and feel
Image quality, renders, bokeh and flare

Thumbs down:
Corner softness at bigger apertures

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Technical Info
Scanner: Plustek OpticFilm 7600i
Film: AGFA CINEREX (X-ray film)
Developer: Kodak D76

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