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1965. Rapid-cassette camera. Also sold as "Agfamatic Rapid 250" in Canada.

AGFA: Optima Rapid 250 camera

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by bill339 » Sun Feb 25, 2018 11:13 am

Optima Rapid 250 is a 35mm rapid film viewfinder camera made by Agfa was introduced in 1965. It belongs to the Agfa Optima Rapid series of automatic cameras with 24x24mm exposures on Rapid cassettes that appeared in 1964. The body of this first Optima Rapid model is different from later Optima Rapid 1966 series. The Optima Rapid 250 has programmed automatic exposure by a Selenium cell exposure meter, ordering the shutter speed and the aperture. Manual mode is possible for flash and B. Focusing is manual front focusing type with a symbols scale depicting portrait, group, and landscape. The camera also has a hot-shoe, Agfa Color-Agnar 45mm f/2.8 lens, ¼ inch 20 thread tripod mount, and an Automatic shutter with 1/30 to 1/250 of a second. The shutter release lever is on the lens/shutter barrel. It also has a Bright-frame viewfinder that shows green and red signals for correct exposure.
The Rapid cassette was Agfa’s reply to Kodak’s instantly popular Instamatic cassette but the film rolls have become rare and precious. Other manufacturers made cameras that used the Agfa Rapid film system like Fujica and Minolta but like the 126 film cassette, it is no longer available. Methods to reload the Rapid cartridge can be achieved provided you have two Rapid cartridge cases. One to hold the film and the other to be the take-up.

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