Agfa Billy Compur
|Produced||:||1934 - 1942|
|Image Size||:||6 x 9 cm|
|Lens Type||:||Anastigmat Apotar|
|Focal Range||:||3ft - inf.|
|Apertures||:||f/4.5 - f/32|
|Shutter Speeds||:||T,B, I(1/250s - 1s)|
|Size Open(w x h x d)||:||105 x 160 x 127 mm|
|Size Closed(w x h x d)||:||85 x 160 x 35 mm|
Art Deco Credentials
Significant: Pronounced and self evident
- Produced during the main Art Deco period.
- Raised chrome strips and glossy black enamel on side panels.
- Raised chrome circular pattern and glossy black enamel on face plate.
- Chrome struts.
- Chrome door lock with concentric circles.
- Wavey design on shutter body.
- Agfa rhombus logo on body leatherette.
- Striped pattern on body leatherette.
- Ornate chrome film winder with concentric circles.
- Black and chrome detailing on viewfinder.
- Black and chrome detailing on table stand.
- Concentric circles on front chrome door latch.
The Agfa Billy Compur is a folding 120 film 6×9 format camera by Agfa. There were two versions. The first, as shown here, was produced from 1934 to 1942. It was beautifully lacquered on the sides. It is self-erecting. To close it, it is necessary to pinch the two circular plates located under the lens to unlock it and then close the door. It had Apotar lens and a viewfinder on top plate. This first version stopped being produced during the war because of the need for the German industry to concentrate on the manufacture equipment for the war.
The second variant was produced after the war from 1948 to 1949. It had Solinar lens. The viewfinder and shutter release are on the bottom plate and it was equiped with double exposure prevention. The later version lost its raised chrome strips and glossy black enamel on side panels and therefore a lot of its Art Deco styling.