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c1932-1941. Box camera in B2 (120 film) or D6 (116 film) sizes. Close up lens (with the switch on the front plate). Different face plates.

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AGFA ANSCO: Shur-Shot Special camera

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by bill339 » Sun Dec 22, 2019 2:29 pm

The Shur Shot Special was sold from 1932 to 1941 and is a basic box camera with extras. Manufactured in Binghamton, New York by Ansco it went through two minor variations with the face plate. The Early type had a black art-deco faceplate that has 30 vertical bands of narrow stripes and the post c1939 model has a light face with U-shaped band of 6 then black stripes. The Shur Shot series were made in sizes for 120 and 116 film; but because of the Agfa connection these were specified using the German designations B2 and D6 like the special. The Special had two brilliant viewfinders, which allowed either horizontal or vertical composition. The shutter is about 1/50 of a second plus Bulb/Timed exposures by pulling a small tab outwards above the shutter release and filter/aperture pull-out slide. The Special included a slider which positioned either a smaller aperture (approximately f/22), a yellow filter in front of the main lens, or all the way in for about an f13 aperture. The yellow filter was intended for black & white photography to deepen the tone of blue skies. The camera also has two metal cropping flaps or wings for ½ frame film use. These are attached to the film/lens cage and can be deployed or packed away only before loading film. Another feature was the capability of a close-up portrait by sliding the front lens out of the way with the use of the slide button on the front face plate under the lens. Pictures from 5 to 10 feet were taken without the lens and 10 feet to infinity with the lens. To load film it is necessary to pull out the wind knob and open the back door, which then permits the entire film carriage (and lens) to slide out of the body. A film Agfa Film sticker is affixed to the side of the film carriage with instructions on film type (D-6) and full plus half frame load procedures. Above that is the word “SPECIAL” probably for the workers to add the correct sticker and join the carriage with the correct body. The metal faceplate of the camera can be taken off by lifting tabs away from three small pegs on either side, giving access to the shutter and viewfinders if cleaning or repairs are required. The camera used highly polished steel plates for the interior reflective surfaces of the viewfinders.

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