Super Isolette

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The Super Isolette is a coupled-rangefinder camera for 6×6 cm pictures on 120 film, made by Agfa from 1954-60.[1]. "Super" refers to the addition of a coupled rangefinder, changes in the film transport and focusing system. The camera is an extension of the Isolette range of square-format folders; the Isolette III has an un-coupled RF; other Isolettes are all viewfinder cameras. However, the Super Isolette is very different from the other cameras, even though it was introduced only a little later than the Isolette I, II and III.

Besides a better fit and finish than all the other Isolettes: Focusing is performed by moving the whole front lens assembly instead of the front element, which is coupled via push-rod with the rangefinder. Film loading is semiautomated, and there is no red window in the back of the camera; the film is loaded in the camera and it advances until the 1st frame, then advances 1 frame at a a time. The double-exposure prevention interlock, has an indicator window by the shutter release. The film advance knob is on the right of the top housing. There is a film-type reminder on the left, in a knurled disc matching the film-advance.

The Super Isolette was only sold with a 75 mm f/3.5 Solinar (4 elements/3 groups), the highest-grade lens offered among Agfa's folders, that accepts 32 mm slip-on filters or 29.5 mm screw-in ones. The shutter is either a Synchro-Compur MX for the early cameras or a Synchro-Compur MXV, fitted on cameras after serial numbers somewhere in the 7xxx range. Both these shutters offer a B,1-500 speed range and are synchronised for flash.

The Super Isolette was sold in the USA as the Super Speedex. It was copied by KMZ as the Iskra.


  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). p25.


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