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Agfa Silette Pronto 1

 

  Specifications:

Camera type: Compact viewfinder

Lens Type: Agfa Apotar 45mm f3.5 - f16

Shutter Type: Prontor 4 Speed + B 25,50,100,200

 

 

An early example of the Agfa Silette range fitted with a Pronto 4 speed shutter. This is one of my favourite compact cameras, the size, weight and overall engineering quality is superb. This particular example is fitted with the Apotar f3.5 lens which is slighter smaller than the Colour Apotar f2.8 used on later models. This, in turn, would date this at around 1954, one of the first models. In excellent mechanical condition although cosmetically less than perfect but it is over 50 years old and has been well used. However, when you get out on the road the cosmetic shortcomings pale to insignificance. It handles and fires as good now as it did all those years ago when it's first proud owner used it. The results speak for themselves and bear in mind that this is an early Apotar lens which is not coated for use with colour film. Once again the humble Agfa Silette produces some great pictures, it's no surprise they were so popular in their day.

I went out for a second visit with this Silette back to Bampton and then on to Minster Lovell. When I got the film and CD back from process it appears that the scanner had started in the wrong place and has chopped the frames down with each one overlapping the next, the negatives themselves are fine. I have, however, managed to salvage some of the pictures by cropping to squares. I actually quite like the format, it reminds of 2 1/4 square medium format pictures. I will at some stage try to rescan the negatives but for now I have posted some squares. Incidentally, these have all been printed at 8" square and they look superb.

 

 

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