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Agfa Standard (type 255) favori envoyer Print
Photos by Sylvain Halgand text by Sylvain Halgand. From the collection of Sylvain Halgand
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Manufactured in Germany from 1926 until 1933.
Index of rarity in France : Infrequent (among non-specialized garage sales)
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Inventory number: 715

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Agfa Standard (type 255)

Traduction de Sylvain Halgand

This folding camera is a great model, since it measures nearly 20 centimeters in height. That comes from the format of the film Agfa D6 which makes it possible to obtain negative 6,5 X 11 cm. It is heavy also, since it weighs 780 grams. Difficult to believe that it is manufactured made of aluminum (sheathed morocco). As much to say that, when the finder is deployed, this camera fills the racks well (!).
There also exists with the format 6 X 9 cm (standard 254). In this case, it is smaller and lighter.
The Standard have a enough rare convenience for the time; the scales of settings (speeds, diaphragms and distances) all are joined together above the shutter. At the time of the viewfinding “over”, they are thus easily readable. The lens and the shutter form an interdependent block. The setting of the distance is thus done by moving all the block with a cursor located on the circumference of this block. The cursor allowing the choice speed moves above the Agfa logo. On the other hand, the choice of the aperture is not very easy because the cursor allowing it is between the shutter/lens block and the metal part which finishes the bellows. When the distance is regulated on the infinite one, the cursor of the apertures becomes quasi inaccessible, so much the shutter/lens block is integrated in the end of the bellows.
The shutter goes from the half second to the 1/100 secondes, plus the exposures B (1 time) and T (2 times).

This camera was manufactured 1926 to 1933. The Photo-Plait catalog of 1932 indicates the following tariff: The Photo-Plait catalog of 1932 also mentions a Standard of the type 204. Its body is rectangular. It is about a camera with plates or Film-Pack.