14 January 2010

Aufwiedersehen, Agfa

I'm afraid I've had to declare my beloved Agfa Isolette II dead. The shutter is jammed solid, and I can't for the life of me revive it. There is a part of me that would dearly love to send it away to Certo6 to have the full treatment, but I simply can't afford it just yet.

It's particularly difficult as I spent a lot of time cleaning and doing basic repairs to this camera. It looks awesome, and thanks to it's foldiness is one of the most discretely portable 120 cameras around. I managed one film through it during the course of my ownership, an example of which is above. I was most happy with the results, but I guess it was always going to be a limited time only - the camera had probably been sitting in that dusty 2nd hand shop for quite some time, and it didn't look like it'd been treated particularly carefully.

Perhaps one day I'll be able to afford repairs (probably just a new lens/shutter assembly), so I'll keep is stowed away in a nice, clean place - just in case.

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