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c1938-1940. 616 film camera.

AGFA ANSCO: Clipper Special camera

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 2003-02-28
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by bill339 » Sat Oct 20, 2018 8:52 pm

The Agfa Clipper Special camera was manufactured by the Agfa- Ansco Company from 1938 to 1940. This Clipper Special camera was similar to the PD16 Clipper and the Ansco Clipper, except that it was slightly restyled and had an upgraded lens. The Agfa PD16 Clipper is one of the very first cameras produced by German company Agfa after its acquisition of the American company Ansco, thus forming Agfa-Ansco. All three of these cameras maintained a simplicity of operation and durable in an inexpensive camera. It featured a telescoping front that the user pulls out to an inch and a quarter and when closed the shutter release was locked. It was capable of capturing fifteen 2 1/16 x 2 1/2 inch sized exposures on Agfa PD16 film or standard number 616 roll film. It was fitted with an Anastigmat f6.3 lens and an adjustable shutter with speed ranges from 1/25 to 1/100 of a second plus B and timed. The focus range was 4 feet to infinity and is marked on the lens ring as 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, 20, and INF. The back of the camera has two red windows labeled A and B. They are for lining up the exposure by getting the same number on the back of the film in each window. Also on the back is a Depth of Field Table particular to the cameras markings. Other markings on the camera are “Made by Agfa Ansco Corporation in Binghamton, N.Y.” and on the film advance knob is, “USE PD-16 AGFA FILM”. The camera is well-constructed with a steel body plus parts and has some reshoring heft to it. One of the detractors is that it has no double exposure protection so the user need be mindful. The film loading knob and film advance knob pull up to accommodate the film roll and take-up spool. Both can be difficult to center and get into position. Hundreds of thousands of these were sold by Agfa Ansco and they are not rare.

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