Agfa Superior

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The Superior is a metal-bodied folding camera for 8x14 cm (3¼x5½ inch) 'postcard' exposures on Agfa G6 size film (122 film).[1] It was made by Agfa in the early 1930s.[2] It has either an f/6.3 Trilinear (a triplet, as the name suggests) or an f/4.5 Solinar lens, and a dial-set Compur shutter. The lens is set in a U-shaped standard, with geared rise and perhaps un-geared, sliding shift. Focusing is by a radial lever on the right of the bed, down to about 1.5 metre. The camera has a brilliant finder, mounted centrally above the lens, and a wire-frame finder. The camera weighs 1.4 kg. McKeown lists the camera in both the normal finish and in a 'Luxus' finish with red-brown leather and bellows; he gives the better lens for that camera as a Solinear f/4.8.[2]

Few examples of this camera have been seen; one camera listed as a 6x9 cm Superior at Ebay (item 371191576401; and thus widely re-listed on other sites) is misidentified (it is a Nitor).

Notes

  1. Die Agfa Photographie: brochure for Agfa cameras. Undated, but clearly from the early 1930s (the Standard cameras are still listed in all but the largest size), and not before 1931 (the Agfa Billy Jgetar 8.8 has been redesignated the Billy I).
  2. 2.0 2.1 McKeown, James M. and Joan C. McKeown's Price Guide to Antique and Classic Cameras, 12th Edition, 2005-2006. USA, Centennial Photo Service, 2004. ISBN 0-931838-40-1 (hardcover). ISBN 0-931838-41-X (softcover). p37.
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