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Agfa Isolette Camera - First Version - Medium Format Folding Camera 1930s

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This is the stylish Agfa Isolette Folding Camera. This hard to find camera was made in Germany during wartime 1938-1942. Its the first Isolette with a black Bakelite top all of the later models had metal tops.

The folding mechanism is super smooth and it makes the camera a true "pocket camera". It's about 4x6" when folded up. It takes 120 roll film. And you can switch it from 6x6 square to 4.5x6 format. I really love these cameras.

Another neat thing about this camera is that it doesn't require you to advance the film to fire the shutter, so you can makes lots of double exposures if you like.

This camera is just beautiful! Very well taken care of. It has a nice solid feel, and everything seems to function smoothly. It has an awesome look to it too, even if you are just parking it on your shelf!


Cosmetics - Excellent. Clean, no dents, minimal wear.
Lens - Looks clean and fairly dust-free and scratch-free.
Shutter - Fires well.
Bellows - seem light tight and supple
Mechanics - Pops open, folds up easily.
The timer slows to a crawl. Needs to be urged along.

Shutter speeds from T, B 1/25s -1/125s
Lens - Agfa Anastigmat Igestar f6.3 85mm

Where did this camera come from? I purchased this one and many others at auction from a collection from a photography store. They seemed to have been cleaned professionally at one point, but they have been sitting around for some time. I only clean the outside, leatherette and big grungy bits very gently. I do not wipe lenses, I simply dust them a bit with a soft brush. I never use compressed air to clean my cameras as that may damage them and just blows the dust around. I do not test any camera with film, but I do test their mechanics. Any small or significant issues are always disclosed.

Agfa Isolette Camera - First Version - Medium Format Folding Camera 1930s


  • Vintage item from the 1930s
  • Materials: metal, glass, plastic, camera
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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