West-Germany: AGFA: 1958-1966:

Agfa is one of the oldest companies in the history of photography. They produced film and developing accessories, but also a variety of cameras. As the new PP SLR cameras were introduced, Agfa presented their Ambiflex in 1958, called Agfaflex in Northern America. The camera was produced in different versions until 1966. In 1963 they presented their Selectaflex that was produced until 1968.

In 1980 a line of new cameras with an Agfa-logo, called Selectronic, were ordered from japanese Chinon, in fact being copies of actual Chinon cameras. But by reading the Cosina List, it appears that these cameras were really produced in Cosina factory! These cameras are not included in my Agfa life span.
A sturdy quality camera from Agfa, sold from 1958 till 1963. Sold as Agfaflex in USA only. Size: 130x105x63mm without lens.Weight: 867 gr. Sn: AU 2331. Built with a central shutter of leaf type in the lens, as was usual in west-german cameras from '55 till '65.
Rewinder to the left, then contact for blitz. To the right was the shutter release button and a window to view correct settings between the two arrows. On both sides of the removable prism house were two buttons to push in to release it. Winder handle on the rear wall.
Interchangeable viewer, though the waist level viewer was seldom used.
Shutter time on the ring closest to the camera.
Among the few cameras to use this kind of winder.
Agfa Color-Solinar 50/2,8, ..
Interchangeable with built in leaf shutter. Sn: 425919.
Even the leather cage for camera and lens has got a serial number!

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02.11 | 22:18

Interesting website, nice to read about the pentax camera history and others.

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19.10 | 14:13

Hi,
You are quite right. The vignetting disappears at 22, so it is usable from there on, but the maximum never exceeds 45. Thank you!
I will correct it. Bosse

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19.10 | 14:03

Hi Eric,
I don't understand your phrase: "Recommended as a 22-60 wide angel on K-1, and as 16-45 on K-3 II." The focal length range remains the same.

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29.07 | 21:20

Hi,
Thanks for the comment.But the page actually states that the FT-1 was following the FS-1, worlds first camera with a built-in motor.(Under the last photo.)

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