Agfa Isolette. Note the controls on the front of the lens. A button on top would release the lens and the bellows would pop out.

Agfa Isolette I

Agfa Isolette I with the Agfa Agnar lens (f/4.5 85mm), 1952-1958. With the shutter and aperture settings on the front of the lens this was an awkward camera to use. Initially I would set them using a light meter, but after a while I got used to guessing the settings, most of the time they were correct.

Agfa Isolette. Note the controls on the front of the lens. A button on top would release the lens and the bellows would pop out.
Agfa Isolette. Note the controls on the front of the lens. A button on top would release the lens and the bellows would pop out.

Of course you didn’t know you had messed up until the film got processed. Double exposures happened if you forgot to wind the film on.

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