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. 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 was introduced only a little later than the Isolette I, II and III, and is a high-specification alternative to them, not a replacement.

The Super Isolette always has a 75 mm f/3.5 Solinar, the highest-grade lens offered among Agfa's folders. 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 are synchronised for flash. The lens can accept 32 mm slip-on filters or 29.5 mm screw-in ones. There is a double-exposure prevention interlock, with 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 sold in the USA as the Super Speedex. It was copied by KMZ as the Iskra.




Notes

  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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