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Kodak Retinette 35mm Viewfinder Camera Review

After my month of producing purely colour photographs I'm now inspired to shoot some more colour 35mm film.

I was sorting out some of my camera gear and came across my old Kodak Retinette that I picked up at a car-boot sale last year. Everything seems to work ok on it, so I cleaned the lens and view-finder and loaded it up with some Kodak ISO 200 colour film.

The Retinette doesn't have a built-in light meter, so I'll be using the "Sunny 16" Rule (on a sunny day at f/16 your shutter speed is 1/your ISO), and my old Leningrad 4 light meter.

I think this Kodak Retenette was made in the 1950's, so it will be interesting to see if any of the photo's come out....

Thanks, Rob.

UPDATE: Click here to see some of that first roll on Flickr, and they came out ok!

Reader Comments (3)

Thanks for this post Rob, very informative. I too have a Retinette camera and have been beginning to try and use it a bit more.

July 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDuncan

Hey, I've came across a Retinette - exact same type as this - earlier today. I've been trying to load it with film, but can't get the back to release. How do I get it to open?


November 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDan

Hi Dan,

If I remember right, the button to open the back is on the bottom plate of the camera, on the left hand side. You need to turn the protective cover, then press the button.

Thanks, Rob.

November 8, 2010 | Registered CommenterRob_Nunn

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