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Agfa Super Isolette mit Voigtländer VC Meter II

It was Agfa's top-of-the-line camera for the man who deserved the best of everything.

 

www.kenrockwell.com/agfa/super-isolette.htm

says about this camera :

The Agfa Super Isolette (also sold as the Agfa Super Speedex) is among the world's best folding cameras. It was Agfa's top-of-the-line camera for the man who deserved the best of everything. It was advertised as the finest of all folding 2¼" cameras, and it is. The only fancier Agfa camera was the Agfa Automatic 66 introduced in 1956 with a built-in meter and automatic exposure!

 

Unlike many of the cheaper and more popular Isolettes and Speedex cameras, the Super is made with the quiet precision of a fine wristwatch and has a super-sharp Solinar (Tessar) lens.

 

When new, it had a list price of $150 back when $2,500 bought you a Corvette and $18,000 bought a new house. $150 back then is the equivalent of $1,500 today considering inflation.

 

Much better than any LEICA, it has an even quieter leaf shutter and shoots medium-format film with resolution that LEICA people merely dream of.

 

It's much smaller than the Plaubel Makina or Mamiya 6 folding medium format cameras.

 

It is a jewel of silent precision, making a LEICA feel lumpy and unrefined by comparison.

 

Better than other medium format cameras, it has a unique automatic loading feature: simply thread, close the back, wind and go. You don't have to line up any arrows or look in any red windows; a special pointy gear feels for the presence of film as you advance and starts the counter at just the right place all by itself. You can load and wind film with your eyes closed.

 

 

 

 

 

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Taken on May 28, 2015