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1946-1950. 2¼x2¼'' rollfilm, folding camera.

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Ansco: Speedex 4.5 camera

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by bill339 » Fri May 05, 2017 9:35 am

The Ansco Speedex 4.5 camera was sold under the Ansco name but features an Afga badge on the internals. It features 4 shutter speeds at 200, 50, 25, and ‘B’ as well as the variable diaphragm from 4.5 through 32. It has adjustable focus which is marked at 3, 3.5, 5, 6, 8, 10, 15, 30, and Infinite feet. It also features a flash sync for mountable flash, a Vario lens, PC flash sync, an optical viewfinder, cold shoe, oval red window in the back cover for frame count, ¼” 20 thread tripod mount, and double exposure prevention but is over rideable. The Ansco Speedex 4.5 “Special” is basically an Agfa Isolette (German camera) but with an Ansco trademark for the North American market. The Ansco Speedex 4.5 had a 1/200 of a second shutter and the Ansco Speedex 4.5 Special and Special R had a 1/300 of a second shutter and the “R” stood for rangefinder. In 1946 the The Speedex 4.5 sold for $32.00, the Special for $44.00, and the Special R for $50.00. The Speedex 4.5 was produced from 1946 to 1950 but sold for some years later. Like its Agfa twin, the Speedex 4.5 “Special” was aimed to the advanced amateur. It allowed for variable focus and an extended range of exposure settings. In 1955 its advertised price was $47.50 with a leather case for $5 more. The Ansco Speedex, Speedex Special, and Speedex Special R are considered a medium format pocket folder Ansco.

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