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1959 Kodak  Retina 1B (Type 019)

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Kodak Retina 1B

Serial no. 63613

with Schneider-Kreuznach 50mm f2.8 Retina-Xenar lens with full helix focussing

(meaning that the whole lens moves in and out, not just the front element)

and Synchro-Compur shutter with 'modern' speeds

that is: ....... 1, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8 1/15, 1/30, 1/60, 1/125, 1/250, 1/500

(rather than 1/10, 1/25, 1/50, 1/100, 1/200, 1/400)

made 1957-59, the Schneider-Kreuznach serial no. 5844731 dates the camera as Jan 1959

(s/r's: 5,000,000 = Feb 1957, 6,000,000 = May 1959)

in mint condition, the previous owner said that he 'imported it from Germany'  


New Forest panorama ~ link to Retina 1B gallery

click in the panorama for the Retina 1B portfolio of 15 photographs


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Kodak's Retina cameras are German, being produced in the Nagel factory which they acquired in 1932. With them came the innovation of Kodak's pre-loaded film cassettes that we take for granted today. Prior to that users (Leica owners!) had to load their own cassettes in a darkroom.

the very first model of 1934 which cost $53

(2007 RPI equivalence $820; $2044 compared to unskilled wage)

An excellent and comprehensive description of the 1B can be read here:

the earlier (1954-57) Retina 1b can be seen here:


other peoples pictures with Retina 1B's can be seen here:

and here:

and the Retina range from 1934 onwards can be seen here:


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