Kodak Retina I (119)

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Kodak Retina I (119)

Retina I 119 current value
Retina I 119 user manual, French

The third Retina, made in 1936. See more on the Retina family. Similar to the 117 and 118, with wind and rewind buttons made smaller, the frame counter moved from the rewind to the wind side, on the top. The manual frame advance lever is round by the viewer.

Things to know:

  • To open the front cover, press the knob at the bottom by the DOF scale, lift the lever marked Kodak and pull out. The same lever is the camera support for portrait orientation. To
  • To close, press the two mushroom heads by the lens plate and push it back into the body. A final squeeze with both thumbs will lock it into place.
  • The small lever at the right of the viewer is to advance the frame counter.
  • Further to the right, by the winding knob, a small indented lever releases the said knob to allow for rewind.
  • To set speeds, T, B, and 1 to 300, turn the front dial. Set value against the white mark on top of the ‘d’ in the ‘Kodak’.
  • The F stops are marked on the top of the lens assembly. The lever to change it is at the bottom.
  • To cock the shutter, use the lever at 2 o’clock. To fire the shutter use lever at 11 o’clock. No need to cock the shutter for T and B. For T, press the lever twice for open and shut; press as long as needed for B.


List number 29085
Brand Kodak
Format 35mm
Model Retina I [119]
Introduced 1936
AKA Viewfinder
Qty made 39,000
Country USA
Type Klapp
Body material Metal
Mode Manual
Weight 460 gr,  Body with lens
Class average weight 750 gr,  Body with lens
ASA range N/A
Kit lens 3.5/50
Lens make Ektar / Xenar
Filter size N/A
Lens mount Fixed lens
Mount size N/A
Light meter None
Winder Knob
Lock No
Speeds T, B, 1-300
DOF preview No
Exposure lock No
Exposure compensation No
Shoe No
External sync No
Sync speed NA
Timer No
Integral flash None


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