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Manufactured in Allemagne from 1971 until 0.
Index of rarity in France : Rare (among non-specialized garage sales)
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Agfa Selectronic S Sensor

Traduction de Manuel M

Selectronic S Sensor is with coupled,rangefinder  electronic shutter, loading and fast rewinding, automatic opertaing with preliminary choice of the diaphragm. It is in fact the upscale of the Agfa Sensor cameras of the moment (Sensor Selectonic, Optima 500 Sensor, Optima 200 Sensor, Silette LK Sensor).

It has a very recognizable front face, full with eyes. From left to right, one finds:
- a luminous indicator being used with the battery checking and release indicator as in the event of use of the self timer,
- the window of the CdS cell (provided with a lens which adapts to the field of exposure),
- the window of the rangefinder enchased in that which clarifies the collimated frame and the scales.
- the window of the viewfinder.

  You will say to me that it is not very logical to have an multifunction indicator in fronting. Yes but… it has a small repeater at the top of the body of the camera, in front of the Sensor.

Behind, one finds the button of the battery checking (“test” marked and threading for a cable release. The batteries are one beside the other in a drawer located on the right-sided of the body.

The loading of a film is facilitated. Contrary to the debtor reel, there is a closed receptacle, by the slit of which it is enough to slip the onset of film. The fixing will be automatic. This receptacle makes it possible to preserve the exposures in the event of accidental opening of the back. The principle of Karat/Rapid is not so far. After closing of the back, it is necessary to cock and release three times until the number 1 appears in the exposure counter.

Rewinding on this camera is very special. In film end, it is necessary to bring back towards thelens the small marked lever “R” located on the left of the lens (hardly visible on the picture), that reveals a pushbutton which should be pressed. It is then necessary to actuate the cocking lever like advancing film, except that with each action on the lever, these are two exposures which are rewound. The exposure counter shows it well. When this last arrived on A, one can open the back.

The viewfinding is clear, slightly mauve. A bright frame indicates viewfinding ad infinitum. At the top of the viewfinder, is the scale of the diaphragms where an index indicates the one selected by the photographer, and on the right, the one of speeds. A needle positions in front of the speed chosen by the exposure metering. Slow speeds are indicated by a mark representing a photographic foot. Above speed 1/500, a red zone indicates the over-exposure.

This camera, very quite manufactured, is a very good simple telemetric camera