Agfa Flexilette

Built in 1960 by Agfa in Munich the Flexilette is one of the very few twin lens reflex cameras for the 135 film format. It sports two Agfa three element Apotar 1:2.8/45mm lenses - one for viewing, one for taking. There are some who miss Agfas top-of-the-line lens, the four element Solinar, but i like the Apotar quite a lot. It is quite sharp when focused and has that special glow of good three element lenses in the softer areas of the frame.

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I also like the non interchangeable waist level finder that doubles as an eye level viewfinder when viewed through the two glass lenses in the walls of the collapsible hood. The ground glass is very bright and a big split level range finder spot guarantees precise focusing. 

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The Flexilette features a Prontor leaf shutter with speed of 1 to 1/500th second and a rapid wind level at the bottom of the camera. It lacks an exposure meter and a flash shoe but provides a cable socket for an electronic flash unit. 

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One of my Flexilettes was owned by a german naval officer who took it with him on his trips to the ends of the world on a german war ship. 

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