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This is an Agfa Clack dating to the 1950s - basically an updated version of the box type cameras which had been popular for many years. The main benefits of the clack were that it could be used at eye level - and also that it looked more like a real camera than a box camera.


This is not the only Agfa camera to be called a Clack. Click
here for a 1930s one.

The Agfa Clack was obviously very popular as it was made from 1953 to 1965. In 1955 it would have cost (pounds, shillings and pence), 3 16s 2d. Its plastic ever ready case was an extra 1 1s 10d and the matching dedicated flash gun was 1 18s 5d. Today Agfa Clacks ought to be very common but don't seem to be. They have also attracted a bit of a cult status on the Internet. Having said that you should expect to pay no more than 5-15 for one. Maybe slightly more if it is complete with case, flash, instructions and box. Obviously there is also a good chance of picking one up for next to nothing in your local charity shop or on one of the internet auction sites.

Photo of Agfa Clack

Specifications

Lens Type

Single element meniscus
with built in close up filter

Focal Length

95mm

Maximum Aperture

F11

Film Type

120 Roll Film

Picture Size

6x9cm

Shutter

Instantaneous (1/35) + B

Flash Sync

with dedicated Bulb Flash Gun

Rangefinder

No

This picture was taken with a Epson PhotoPC 650 digital camera.

When we bought this camera it still had a film in it. Not a 1950s one unfortunately - but a roll of Ilford HP5 from about 1980. There are a few companies specialising in the development of old films - the one we used was Process C-22 who did a great job. The negatives produced show some signs of age (and damp!) but the film has survived well enough that prints could be made. Here are a couple of frames:

Kitchen scenes 

The pictures themselves seem to be of somebody's kitchen - and are not very interesting.



Click
HERE for a very interesting site where the Agfa Clack is used as a basis for a pinhole camera. (actually - the site appears to have disappeared but the link takes you to a web archive of it).


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