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This is an Agfa Super Isolette - the big daddy of the Agfa Isolette range. The Super Isolette dates from 1954-7 and is a 120 rollfilm folding camera which takes 12 pictures 6cm x 6cm in size. It features an unusual film loading mechanism which is fully automatic. All the user has to do is thread the film onto the takeup spool and close the camera back. The film knob is then wound until it stops at which point the first frame is properly lined up. This is possible because the camera can detect the start of the film proper on the backing paper.

The Super Isolette was a very expensive camera at the time - and due to the import restrictions and high sales tax in force in UK at the time - it would have been virtually impossible to buy one new. However the example pictured below has its focus calibrated in feet which indicates it was for export - quite possibly to the UK. Current value is in excess of 100.

Whilst the Super Isolette was a short lived camera - it was the inspiration behind the more common Russian
Iskra camera from the early 1960s.

Photo of Agfa Super Isolette

Specifications

Lens Type

4 element (coated) Solinar

Focal Length

75mm

Maximum Aperture

F3.5

Film Type

120 Roll Film

Picture Size

6x6cm

Shutter

9 speed Synchro Compur + B

Flash Sync

X and M

Rangefinder

Coupled

Filter size

32mm push on

This picture was taken with a Epson PhotoPC 650 digital camera.

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