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Agfa-Ansco Universal Jr.-Yel-Q129s | by Guyser1
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Agfa-Ansco Universal Jr.-Yel-Q129s

Took a ride today through the sagebrush meadows of the Gallatin River in Yellowstone National Park. The sun was hot, the smoke from the fires turned the sky a dull brown, and the breeze did nothing to remind me that it's late September and still neither any rain nor snow.


Here's my 1935 Agfa-Ansco Universal Jr. getting some air and exercise in the park. Wouldn't want the moths to get to the bellows! The camera feels right at home in broad vistas and landscape surroundings. I refer to this little jewel as my "A. A. Gun." It's light, simple, competent, and in perfect working order. I keep promising myself that I will refinish the wood and polish the brass - but . . .


The lens shutter combination is surprising for such a low end camera. It's a wonderfully sharp Zeiss Kodak Anastigmat f = 6.3 No 4, mounted in a Bausch & Lomb shutter with speeds from 1/1 to 1/200, (plus T, that usually works - needs a CLA.) Stops down to f32.


Although designed for 3 1/4 x 4 1/4 sheet film, (or film packs - very spiffy for the time,) this little sweetheart also has a custom machined adapter back that allows the use of 120 roll film with a standard 2 1/4 x 3 1/4 Graflex back. Sort of a "Medium-Large-Format" system.


This lightweight instrument will grab a landscape with the best of them.


Hand held three frame image,

Merged and mapped in Photomatix,

Finished in Lightroom and THE GIMP.

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Taken on September 21, 2012