Optima Ia - Antique and Vintage Cameras

Optima Ia

c. 1962

AGFA

West Germany

Image of Optima Ia

Lens:
f2.8, 45 mm Color-Agnar, iris diaphragm to f22.

Shutter:
Leaf type, B setting. Flash synchronisation.

Construction:
Plastic covered metal body.

Format:
36, 24 x 36 mm exposures on 35 mm film in cassette.

Focusing:
Front-cell, four click stop focusing positions.

Attributes:
Bright line view-finder.
Coupled selenium meter. Automatic exposure setting. Film speeds:10 - 250 ASA, 11 - 25 DIN.
Exposure counter.

With:
UV filter, lens hood. Case.

The Ia has an automatic exposure setting, this can be disengaged for either flash exposures or for time exposures, on these settings the aperture can be selected. An indicator in the view-finder shows if there is sufficient light for an exposure. The Blue-Book for 1968 states that the shutter speed varies between 1/30 and 1/60 second.

References & Notes:
Blue-Book 1960-61, p. 38. Blue-Book 1962-63, p. 34. Blue-Book 1968-69, p. 50.

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