Agiflex - Antique and Vintage Cameras

Agiflex

Model II, late version with large bayonet

c. 1950

Agilux Ltd

Croydon

England

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Lens:
f3.5, 80 mm Anastigmat, iris diaphragm to f32. Depth-of-field scale. Interchangeable bayonet mount. Serial no. 493846 .

Shutter:
Focal-plane, speeds 2s - 1/500, B. Bi-pole flash connection.

Construction:
Leather covered metal body.

Format:
12, 6 x 6 cm exposures on 120 roll-film.

Focusing:
Helical to 3 feet.

Attributes:
Reflex viewing through taking lens. Waist-level finder with ground glass screen and magnifier. Direct-vision (lens/lens) finder in hood.
Mirror raised by finger pressure against spring and falls back when pressure is removed.
Auto-stop on film advance after initially setting to 1 in red window. Film advance tensions the shutter.
Lever-wind.

Serial Number:
R4575 .

Notes:

This is a late version of the 11 for large bayonet lenses.

With:

  • f5.5, 16 cm Telephoto, iris diaphragm to f32. Focus to 8 feet. Depth-of-field scale. Small bayonet. Lens cap. In leather case. Serial no. 100870.
  • Bayonet converter, to fit small bayonet lenses on large throat cameras.
  • Plate back adapter. For 6.5 x 9 cm plates held in single metal slides.
  • 3 single metal slides. The plate springs forward to the film plane as the sheath is removed.
  • Extension tubes (small bayonet): MAG .5, 40 mm; MAG .3, 24 mm; MAG .3, 24 mm (marked with white spot only); MAG .2, 16 mm (white spot only).
  • Agiflex lens hood for 80 mm lens. Agiflex lens hood for 160 mm lens. Ever-ready case.

Agiflex

Model III

1954

Agilux Ltd

Croydon

England

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Lens:
f2.8, 80 mm Anastigmat, pre-set iris diaphragm to f32. Depth-of-field scale. Interchangeable bayonet mount. Serial no. 55014 .

Shutter:
Focal-plane, speeds 2s - 1/500, B. Coax flash connection.

Construction:
Leather covered metal body.

Format:
12, 6 x 6 cm exposures on 120 roll-film.

Attributes:
Reflex viewing through taking lens. Removable, waist-level finder, ground glass screen with condenser and magnifier. Frame finder in hood.
Auto-stop on film advance after initially setting to 1 in red window. Film advance tensions the shutter. Lever-wind.

Serial Number:
R6532 .

With:

  • f5.5, 24 cm Telephoto, iris diaphragm to f32. Focus to 15 feet. Depth-of-field scale. In leather case. Serial no. 20328.
  • Extension tubes (large bayonet): MAG .1, 8 mm; MAG .2, 16 mm.
  • Ever-ready case. Lens hood. Agilux yellow filter.

The Agiflex is based on an aircraft camera produced by AGI during the war and, in general layout at least, the pre-war Reflex-Korelle. It is certainly not a direct copy of the Korelle which the appearance might suggest.

The Model 1 was introduced in 1946, the model 11 included slow speeds and flash synchronisation and was introduced in late 1949 or 1950. The model 111 of 1954 was much improved in appearance and had a wider lens throat which required a new range of lens.

Late versions of the Model 11 are fitted with the larger bayonet size of the Model 111, an adapter to fit small bayonet lenses was provided.

The camera had a good range of telephoto lenses but a major drawback was the lack of a wide-angle lens, the mirror movement would have made this difficult but a mirror lock could have been used.

A telephoto lens of 16 cm was available in both bayonet sizes, lenses of 24 cm and 30 cm were available in the large bayonet size and possibly the small size. A 6" Dallmeyer Dallon was also briefly advertised. Other accessories included extension tubes, filters and lens hoods. The price of the model 11 was 90.

Model 111
This was a development of the model 11, the styling and finish were much improved largely due to the use of satin chrome that gave the camera a more modern look. A new f2.8 lens was introduced replacing the f3.5, the focusing screen was fitted with a condenser and the flash sockets were changed to coax type. The cost was 115.

The camera can be loaded using the red window to position the first frame or the index lines on the backing paper can be aligned with marks on the film track and the film advance lever and frame counter used to position the film.

Near the release for the focusing hood is a small button, this is used to terminate Time exposures. It can also be used when double exposures are required, the button will lower the mirror and the shutter can be tensioned using the speed dial.

Accessories

  • Extension tubes. Five tubes giving magnifications of 0.1, 0.2, 0.3, 0.5, 1.0.
  • Lens hood.
  • Filters: UV, Light Yellow, Medium Yellow, Light Green, Light Orange, Dark Orange, Red, Blue.
  • Cable release.
  • Table tripod.
  • Copying stand.

Early extension tubes (small bayonet) had a black crackle finish with bands of bright, square, knurling at each end, a white spot was used to align the tubes, the magnification was not marked. Later tubes, still in the small size, carried the Agilux logo and were marked with the magnification, they had a red spot for alignment. Large bayonet tubes had straight knurling.

References & Notes:
BJA 1948, pp. 164, 425. BJA 1949, p. 470. BJA 1950, p. 494. BJA 1951, p. 506. BJA 1952, p. 482. BJA 1955, p. 530. Blue-Book, 1952, p. 24. AP 6/6/1956, pp. S12, 23.

Further Information:
Photographica World no. 98 has a good article by Frank L Porritt.


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