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Manufactured in Germany from 1950 until 1954.
Index of rarity in France : Infrequent (among non-specialized garage sales)
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Aka Akarette II

Traduction de Manuel M

With the first access, it is not obvious that this camera has an interchangeable lens but when the two viewfinders are seen and the marked lever 50 mm/75 mm one suspects something.

To unscrew all the lens? not, that does not go!
A bayonet with a lockingnot smear of button of unlocking!
Still let us seek: four toothed rings suggest a possibility of rotation. Since the body: the first ring regulates speed, the third regulates the opening and the fourth regulates the distance. And the second? and yes, it is unscrewed to release the lens.

Another characteristic: the exposure counter does not advance at the time of the cocking but with shutter release.

If not, it is a pretty small unpretentious camera but quite manufactured as the Fifties knew much of it. There is a table with the back to calculate the couple speed/aperture.

To make use of it, it is necessary to take grid A (Stunde Monat - Hour Month) and according to the hour and the month, you obtain a number.
Then, table B (LIcht - Light) enables you to determine a number according to the luminosity: Sun, slightly covered, very covered.

Table C determines a number if you use a filter.

Table D corresponds to the sensitivity of your film. Lastly, table E corresponds to the photographed object.

For each one of these five tables, you obtain a number. By adding the five and by putting back you with table “Summe A-E”, you must seek in the first line the number corresponding to your sum. Below this number, you will see two digits corresponding to the aperture to adjust on the camera for a speed of 1/50 or 1/300.

Complete example: We are on June 15th and it is 4 p.m. Time is shone upon, I put a filter UV on my Akarette II. The sensitivity of film is of 21° DIN. I want to photograph a scene of street. In the order, I obtain 1+0+0+2+3 = 6. I prefer a fast speed, it is thus necessary to regulate the aperture to… 5.6.

Aka Akarette II