Agfa Billy I

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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.[1] 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.



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