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Agfa Silette Vario

 

Specifications:

Camera type: Compact viewfinder

Lens Type: Agfa Colour Agnar 45mm f3.5 - f16

Shutter Type: Vario 3 Speed + B 25,50,200

 

 

What a star this has turned out to be. Cosmetically it looks brand new, in fact, I suspect it is. It has 2 rather hefty dents, 1 at the end of the top cover behind the rewind knob and the other on the trim covering the door catch. I wonder if this was damaged in the showroom of the dealer and he subsequently banished it to the storeroom where it has been until now. The silverwork is bright and shiny as if it has never been handled and the lens is crystal clear, which, on a camera this age is unheard of.

Enough on the condition how about the performance. Well, just take a look. On a grey day in Bath it outperformed the Fujica SLR, in Devises it produced a couple of superb images and at Tewksbury it left the Olympus SZ160 for dead. All this from a "simple" camera with 3 speeds and manual range focusing. It is a relatively lightweight camera with a very easy shutter and a incredibly bright viewfinder for it's era making it very easy and comfortable to use. The results are just amazing, producing some of the sharpest images I have ever created. The little side street in Devises, known as St John's Alley, showing the lettering on the shop sign as if I had added it with a fine-line pen and the detail in Tewksbury Abbey is fantastic.

 

 

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