Agfa Billy I
|Billy 1 with 105 mm f/6.3 Agnar|
image by Marco Polimeni (Image rights)
|Agfa Billy I with f/11 Jsomar lens and 'I'/'B' shutter|
image by Andrys Stienstra (Image rights)
The Billy I is a folding viewfinder camera for 2¼x3¼-inch pictures on 120 roll film, made by Agfa in the 1950s (first variant in 1950, another in 1952). It should not be confused with the inter-war Agfa Billy Jgetar 8.8, which was also named the Agfa Billy I from 1931 onward.
Most examples seen, like that pictured here, have Agfa's Agnar 105mm f/6.3 lens, with front-element scale focusing down to one metre, and a Vario shutter with speeds 1/25, 1/50 and 1/200 second, plus 'B', or a Pronto which also has a 1/100 second speed and a self-timer. However, the example pictured below right (believed to be a low-specification example of the first model of the Billy I) is much simpler, with an 'I' and 'B' shutter, and an f/11 Isomar lens with no focus control but two aperture stops; the depth of field ranges for f/11 and f/16 are shown on the front plate.
Images by Vagn Sloth-Madsen (Image rights)
- ↑ Billy I instruction book at Mike Butkus' Orphan Cameras
- Agfa Billy group on flickr.com
- Agfa Billy entry at Pbase.com
- Agfa Billy I Instruction Manual and other variations of this camera at OrphanCameras.com
- At fotocommunity.de at Fotocommunity.de (in German/auf Deutsch)
- Agfa Billy I at Collection-appareils (Sylvain Halgand)
- Agfa Billy Record 4,5 on Au fil des images by J.C.Boussat