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Agfa isolette

Talking of Cameras and Camera reviews….

This little Agfa Isolette was my fathers camera and as you can imagine it is very special to me, I would love to take some images with it again so at some point I will post a Gallery.

Agfa isolette

For now here is one shot taken in the lake district with Breda doing some map reading on the right..

No exposure meter and no auto focus – just pure guess work, I also developed the film myself and it produced an image – Few!

agfa still working

15 responses

  1. I’ve actually got one on the shelf right next to me!!!!!! I have a few old cameras but only tested film in one a few years ago with a 120 negative B&W roll film. They were ‘interesting’ when developed, but I think there was a light leak somewhere!

    April 3, 2013 at 3:30 pm

  2. Hi Nicholas…

    That’s funny!!!

    Yes its getting a little harder to get myself to use film these days, I have a basic dark room kit and use a bathroom with no windows etc…

    You can test the bellows with a small pen light and tape up the red window but beyond that you will need to fit some light foam from microtools (light kit : http://www.micro-tools.de/en/Light-Baffle-Material/Light-Baffle-Kit-for-2-4-Cameras.html). Stick this around the inside of the back door at the contact points…

    I found it just great fun to have a go!!!

    April 3, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    • Thanks for the info, very kind of you! I might try with my Agfa Isolette too. Of course I should have said I’m no photographer, so my ‘results’ will never be much to talk about anyway! Most of my career I have been a designer or art director. I did get to judge the Fuji Awards in the early Nineties and the Association Of Photographers Awards in 2002, both of which were a privilege.

      April 3, 2013 at 3:53 pm

      • I love your Art Nicholas!, it would be great fun to see what you could do with your old cameras!!!

        Nigel

        April 3, 2013 at 3:58 pm

      • I will find time to find out!

        April 3, 2013 at 4:03 pm

      • Great!!!

        April 3, 2013 at 4:04 pm

  3. All the technical wizardly in the world pales in comparison to using your father’s camera and developing the film yourself. That’s a gorgeous shot of the landscape. I love the camera, too!

    April 3, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    • Thank you Ses!!!

      Yes I know, How much do you need to spend on photography ?, some film and chemicals and a bit of tape!!!

      I love your shots with nothing other than what you already have!!!

      April 3, 2013 at 3:49 pm

  4. Oh! How wonderful!!

    April 3, 2013 at 5:55 pm

  5. Developer, stop bath and fixer, oh my! The gradients in tone and contrast are nicely done. Looking forward to more.

    April 4, 2013 at 5:22 am

    • Thanks Allan, I just about remembered how to do this, All that with a big bit of Luck

      Enjoyed it as well as using the camera!

      April 4, 2013 at 9:47 am

  6. Extraordinary shot!
    I bought a couple of Isolettes thinking in converting them to pinhole (I still have in mind do it with one) but when I used the first one to try it I fell in love with it as it is!

    April 4, 2013 at 9:06 am

    • Thank you

      I can understand why you didn’t do the conversion, I wonder if you could convert to pin hole in a way that could be reversed ?

      April 4, 2013 at 9:50 am

  7. 1annecasey

    So pretty… the scenery shot AND the camera!

    April 4, 2013 at 10:23 am

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