Agfa Click I, toy or usable?

by Berckmans Peter April. 13, 2019 2693 views

A while ago I got my hands on an Agfa Click I, a medium format ( holds an 120mm film ) viewfinder camera. Produced from 1958 up to 1970. They range from Agfa Click to Agfa Click V. It has a very simple Meniscus lens of 72.5mm. Fixed focus and an aperture from f8.8 and f11. Completly made of plastic. Minimum focus distance is about 4m.Shutterspeed is around 1/35s, no control over it.

Because of this it was many times given away as a toy to childern. I was wondering if it is usable or is it really a toy.

Here you can see the aperture setting sunny is f11, cloudy f8.8 and the yellow is f8.8 with a yellow filter.

Here you can see clearly the aperture hole, it is just a metal plate with a hole in it.

The release is a very simple spring release and is great for double exposure, you can make as much as you want.

So I loaded the camera with a Fomapan 100iso, 120mm film, of course black and white. It is a bit tricky to load, never used a 120mm film before. You have to put it in very tight to stop light peeping in. You can see this in the results. From this film you can make 8 to 12 photos. Negatives are 6X6 or 2 1/4 by 2 1/4.


Her I was just to close.

This I love, it creates nice pics with movement in them. Brings up some ideas.

Coming at the end of the filmroll, light was peeping in. In the shop they told me the film was not tight enough. Also the viewfinder is a bit of guess work. In the finder the composition was dead center.

I got about 9 usable photos out of it ,from a max of 12. Personally I find it is a real camera, is it quality. No it is not made for great photos, is it fun , oh yeah had a blast with it. Will I use it again, yes.

I am waiting for an Agfa Isola 2 to arrive, just bought one for 10 Euros from the net. It is also a medium format camera but from a bit better quality.

Also have a film in an old Kodak Retinette IIA for the moment, he is from 1959. Very curious for the results. Must say love mudling in these old analog cameras.

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Olga Helys 1 year, 5 months ago

#9 is my fav
Great toy is this!

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Camellia Staab 1 year, 5 months ago

Very cool play Peter, reminds me of this item somewhat.....

 Apparently it works well and it also has instructions to make your own. Thought I would share.

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Berckmans Peter Replied to Camellia Staab 1 year, 5 months ago

Thanks for the links,looks cool. My daughter made one in school from an old box

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Russell Smith 1 year, 5 months ago

I think you have summed up this camera nicely. Maybe some gaffers tape can help with the light leaks? I personally love the square format of 6x6 because it is not a image shape that I see every day. Great captures.

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Berckmans Peter Replied to Russell Smith 1 year, 5 months ago

Tape is lying ready. Thanks Russell

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Antonio Gil 1 year, 5 months ago

So, so cool. Great captures my friend

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Berckmans Peter Replied to Antonio Gil 1 year, 5 months ago

Brings me back to my first camera. A Kodak instamatic.

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Abigail Gossage 1 year, 5 months ago

What fun!  These toy cameras are very “in” in the art world.  Your results look better than a lot of Holgas.

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Berckmans Peter Replied to Abigail Gossage 1 year, 5 months ago

Thanks,it is fun. I believe this is a bit better than a Holga. The film I used is also quite grainy,what I like.

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