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Agfa Karat 3,5 (Type 2025) favori envoyer Print
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Manufactured in Allemagne from 1948 until 0.
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Agfa Karat 3,5

Traduction de Sylvain Halgand

My Karat contains two cartridges “ Rapid” because it Karat cartouche was neither more nor less than the precursor at the end of the 30s of the system which was going to return in 1964. The light modifications did not prevent compatibility. It is obvious that the pin of a Rapid cartridge which made it possible to determine the sensitivity of film automatically, cannot be taken into account by a Karat camera.
The family of Karat is rather numerous and the generations follow one another of 1937 to 1957. There are some cameras having used to it Karat cartridge which were not called Karat, like Karomat (distributed by Ansco in the USA) or Lucimeter. Mc Keown' S quotes ten “Karat”, Kadlubek almost forty, this number significant being due to the various combinations lens/shutter (Mc Keown's synthesizes them). To make simple, it y have two principal types. That with the ends of the body frayed and the other more angular and which points out the body of unquestionable Retina. The models of the first type appeared since 1937. That presented here date of 1948-50, but is similar to the model of pre-war period, the combination lens/shutter near. The lens is Apotar 3,5/5,5 cm and the shutter is Compur .

Whatever was the shape of the body, Karat were small folding cameras, built very well, to which one can allot a strong coefficient “sympathy”. These cameras were directly in competition with Retina from Kodak AG.