|Agfa Ansco Speedex B2|
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Speedex was the name used by Ansco in Binghamton, NY, for a series of 6x6 format folding cameras. The first Speedex models appeared in 1940, under the name Agfa Ansco, the brand in use in that period. The original models were produced in the US, however.
The Speedex B2 has 85mm f/4.5 Agfa Anastigmat lens. The shutter has speeds from 1/2 to 1/250 shutter speeds plus B and T settings. There is no interlock which prevents double exposures. The bellows were not made of leather, so often pinholes have developed in them.
The Speedex B2 Junior was a much simpler camera. It also took 120 film, but the lens only had setting from f/11 to f/22 and the shutter only had two speeds: an "Instant" (presumably around 1/60) and a Time setting.
The 1950 Standard Speedex (or Speedex 6.3) had styling similar to the Ansco Titan but lacked that model's adjustable shutter speeds.
A less common model with characteristics similar to the Speedex was the Ansco B2 Commander.
|version with with uncoupled rangefinder,|
similar to the Isolette III
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|Speedex Special R with Synchro-Compur|
(and replacement bellows, Solinar lens)
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|Ansco Speedex 4.5, similar to Isolette V, with|
Vario shutter, w/o body-mounted shutter release
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|Speedex 4.5 Special with Prontor shutter|
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|same model Ansco Speedex 4.5 Special w/|
Compur-Rapid. Cams similar to Isolette II.
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