What is the Agfa isolette II?

What is the Agfa isolette II?

The Isolette II is the second in Agfa ‘s Isolette series of medium format folders using 120 roll film. It was produced during the 1950s, and typically came equipped with an Apotar 85mm lens and a Prontor-S or Compur-Rapid shutter, though later models used the Prontor-SVS, and another very common version had a Pronto with smaller speed range.

What kind of lens does an Agfa isolette V have?

The Isolette V, made from 1950 to ’52, has Agfa’s entry-level f/4.5 Agnar triplet lens, and only low-specification shutters (Pronto or Vario). However, the lens is now coated on many examples, and the shutters are synchronised, with a PC socket.

What shutter and lens for isolette II?

The Isolettes were made in the 1950s and can be found with several different shutters and lenses. My camera has a Prontor SV shutter with a top speed of 1/300 second, and a Agfa Solinar 75mm f/3.5 lens, which I understand is a four-element Tessar-type design and the best available for the Isolette II.

How does the isolette II work?

The Isolette II has a couple of nifty features not found on every 120-format folder. For one thing, it has an interlock to prevent double exposures — you have to advance the film after a shot to unlock the shutter. It also has a little switch next to the viewfinder that allows you to make time exposures.

What is an isolette camera?

The Isolette is a compact horizontal- folding camera for twelve 6×6 cm (2¼-inch square) pictures (or sixteen 4.5×6 cm (2¼×1⅝ inch) pictures, with the first model of the camera) on 120 film. It was made by Agfa Kamerawerk AG, Munich, Germany, from 1937, and the series of cameras continued until about 1960.

What is the difference between an isolette I and II?

There is an original Isolette with an Agfa shutter (black front) and usually an Agnar lens; an Isolette I usually found with a limited-speed Vario shutter and and Agnar or Apotar lens, but occasionally the higher-end Solinar; this model, the II, usually found with the Apotar lens and a Prontor-S or Compur-Rapid shutter, later the Prontor-SVS.

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