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AGFABilly Record 7.7

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1933-1949. Folding, rollfilm camera. Known as "Speedex Record" in the USA and GB. Gap in manufacturing process during WWII.

AGFA: Billy Record 7.7 camera

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by bill339 » Tue Oct 18, 2016 12:56 pm

Agfa Billy Record is a series of medium format film folding camera made by Agfa and produced from 1933 to 1949. Billy Record cameras were listed in catalogs by lens openings as models 8.8, 7.7, 6.3 and 4.5. The names are based on the maximum lens opening. The basic body is the same for 8.8, 7.7 and 6.3 models. The 4.5 model uses the body style of the Agfa Billy Compur. All models use 120 roll film for 6x9cm frames. The lens is Agfa Anastigmat Igestar in Automat shutter in 8.8, 7.7 and 6.3 models. There are some cosmetic variations, like chrome decors, during their production period. The camera was succeeded by the Agfa Billy Record II. The Billy Record 7.7 was produced from 1933 to 1942 but was also available in 1949 and sold in the USA and UK as Speedex Record. (Probably using pre-war inventory or parts). The lens is an Agfa Anastigmat Igestar 1:7.7/100mm (three optical elements) and the shutter an Agfa Automat with speeds of 1/25 of a second to 1/100 of a second. The aperture ranged from 1:7.7 to 1:32 and the camera weighed 560 g. The dimensions are 165×88×37mm (closed), 165×108×131mm (open). The 7.7 camera also has two tripod mounts for portrait plus landscape that are 3/8” with 16 threads per inch, different from the modern ¼” 20 thread of today.

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