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Kodak Retinette IIB (type 031) favori envoyer Print
Photos by Sylvain Halgand text by Sylvain Halgand. From the collection of Sylvain Halgand
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Manufactured in Allemagne from 1958 until 1959.
Index of rarity in France : Peu courant (among non-specialized garage sales)
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Inventory number: 11781

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Kodak Retinette IIB

Its general shape is in the tone of the series.
The cocking is by a lever located under the unit.
A flash sync socket is located on the front panel.
It has a Gossen selenium cell, which gives a reading on the cover (EV value).
A reminder of the type of film is located on the rewind button.
It has a clear viewfinder with a frame for 45mm and parallax correction marks.

The shutter is a COMPUR RAPID - speeds from 1 sec to 1 / 500th sec + B
EV 2 to 18. Not common, a device prevents from cocking when the decreasing frame counter indicates "0".

On this copy, the scale of distances is in feet.
Like other models of the brand, there is a fork that automatically shows the depth of field area. This fork, consisting of two red marks, varies with the selected aperture and allows, among other interests for a rapid adjustment of the lens on the hyper focal distance.
The lens is a SCHNEIDER - KREUZNACH Reomar f2.8 / 45mm. It seems that it came with its lens hood.

This device, heavy and beautifully manufactured is well finished.