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.
THE RESULTS OF A FIRST TRY
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.