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AGFA ANSCOCadet A-8 Flash

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1940. 127 film camera. Sync contacts.

AGFA ANSCO: Cadet A-8 Flash camera

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by bill339 » Sun Mar 17, 2019 10:35 am

The Agfa Cadet Flash box camera was manufactured jointly by the Agfa Company in Munich German and the Ansco Company in Binghamton, New York, in the USA circa 1940. This specially made camera was designed to accommodate a detachable synchronized flash unit mounted on the top with two contact sockets. The A-8 Cadet Flash snapshot box camera was made only in the No. A-8 size, and therefore capable of capturing eight 1 5/8 x 2 1/2 inch exposures on No. A-8 Agfa roll film (127 roll film). It has a fixed focus high-grade lens, a one-way shutter release providing instantaneous exposures only at about 1/50 of a second, an easy loading metal cone, a hinged back with spring chip holder, and a pop-up direct frame viewfinder (this was mounted on the film advance winder side of the camera). The frame viewfinder was the only one on the camera. The two brilliant waist high finders found on the other cadet cameras were removed to accommodate the large flash unit. The camera body was cardboard covered in leatherette plus wood support for the glass lens plus leaf shutter mounting inside the camera. The back and face of the camera are metal with leatherette inserts and the Leatherette face plated has “Agfa” in a raised relief logo. The camera also has a one direction film advance winder that needs to be pulled out to retrieve and replace film, a red view window for frame counting using the film backing, metal escutcheons (on the lens opening, Shutter release lever, plus film advance winder), and a leather handle mounted to the left side of the camera.

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