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1961-1966. 35mm automatic rangefinder camera. Also sold as "Agfamatic II S" in Canada.

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AGFA: Optima II S camera

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Condition Price
 2003-02-28
 B
 $74
 2002-01-01
 B
 ~$17
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by bill339 » Sat Jul 15, 2017 1:08 am

AGFA LAUNCHED the Optima IIs in 1961 and discontinued the camera in 1966. There’s an f/2.8 Color Apotar lens with front cell focusing by three click-stop symbols indicating scenic, groups and a double-head portrait setting. The front turns further to just a blank part of the symbol ring, but if you look underneath you find it’s stopped at a close-up setting of 1m or 3 ¼ ft. Some makers use a single head symbol for this, but Agfa didn't on the Optima. The bright line viewfinder has a couple of small lines just inside the top to indicate the parallax error on close-upshots. The lens is set in a Prontormator shutter with only three settings, B, a lightning flash symbol and a red A. On A the exposure is entirely automatic. The Prontormator shutter is coupled a selenium cell found next to the viewfinder, and if you point the camera at the sky you get a small aperture on the five-bladed iris. Take it into a fairly dim light and you get a large aperture. There’s a dial on the top plate for film speed setting up to 200 ASA. Other features of the camera are a flash contact socket, accessory shoe, cable shutter release socket, rewind knob, and a frame counter. Agfa also sold various filters, lens hoods, and close-up kits for this camera.

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