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Agilux Agimatic

Agimatic 35mm camera

This well-made 35mm camera was manufactured by Agilux Ltd of Croyden, England around 1956. It is fitted with an interchangeable Agilux 45mm f/2.8 lens. An 85mm f/5.5 telephoto lens was also available for this camera, and the viewfinder has a slide-in mask to suit the longer lens.

The camera body has rounded ends, and in fact is very much the same size and shape as the Voigtlander Vito B or the Braun Paxette cameras.

The camera has an uncoupled rangefinder, and the combined rangefinder/viewfinder eyepiece is the one on the left. The eyepiece closer to the centre is for the built-in extinction meter.

What makes the Agimatic camera unusual is the method of advancing the film. The large lever on the front of the camera will both advance the film and cock the shutter on one long stroke, and then the shutter is released with gentle pressure on the same lever.

Agimatic 35mm camera

Agimatic instruction manual on Mike Butkus' excellent website.

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