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|Retina Ib image by Alf Sigaro (Image rights)|
The Retina Ib was introduced at the Photokina 1954. It had the new fast Synchro-Compur shutter with light-value setting mode. That means that several appropriate aperture/shutter-speed settings easily could be found when the actual light value was preset. It lacks a rangefinder. Retina Ib (and the later IB models) are equipped with the sharp Schneider-Kreuznach Xenar 2.8/50 lens. The front element can be removed just as with the IIc/C and IIIc/C models, but the reason for that is that the camera used the same bayonet mount for the front element to simplify production. The Ib/IB can't use the wide angle and tele accessory lenses.
- Engraving on the top plate: Retina Ib
- Lens: Schneider-Kreuznach Retina-Xenar 50mm f/2.8 filter slip-on
- Aperture: up to f/22 setting: coupled with speeds ring according to Exposure Value system, EV 3-18; manual possible with a lever and scale under the lens
- Focus range: 0.9-20m +inf
- Focusing: manual helicoid focusing, guess the distance, by a thumb handle beneath the lens-shutter barrel, with distance and DOF scales (zone focusing)
- Shutter: Synchro-Compur; speeds: 1-1/500 +B setting: ring and scale on the lens-shutter barrel, coupled with apertures according to Exposure Value system
- Shutter release: on the top plate w/cable release socket
- Cocking lever: also winds the film, short stroke, on the bottom plate
- Frame counter: additive type, auto-reset, window on the top plate
- Viewfinder: reverse telescopic finder with parallax correction frame
- Re-wind lever knob: on the top-plate
- Re-wind release: a button adjacent to the winder
- Front cover: opens by a small knob on it; closing: press the knobs on the struts, when focus on infinity
- Flash PC socket: on the lens-shutter, setting for x and M with a green lever on V X M dial
- Memory dial: on the rewind knob
- Self-timer: set to V on V X M dial
- Back cover: hinged, opens by a lever and a small knob beneath the tripod socket
- Embossings on front cover Kodak and on the back cover Retina camera
- Tripod socket: 1/4"
- Strap lugs
- Body: metal; Weight: 584g