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Agfa Click I


Agfa Click I
Agfa Click I
Produced: 1958 - 1970
Classification:Medium Format
Body Type:Solid Body
Film Type:120
Film Width:62mm
Image Size:6 x 6 cm
No. of Images:12
Lens Type:Meniscus
Focal Length:65mm
Focus Type:fixed
Focal Range:8ft - Inf.
Aperture Type :Variable stops
Apertures :f/11, f/16
Shutter Type:Leaf
Shutter Speeds:I*(1/30s)
Size (w x h x d):140 x 95 x 80 mm
* Measured on this camera

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The Agfa Click I is the first of a series of cameras produced by Agfa having the 'Click' name. The other cameras in the Click line are Agfa Click-II, Agfa Click III, Agfa Click IV and Agfa Click V. The camera is made of black plastic with grey highlights to the lens bezel and the film advance knob. It has a curvilinear design with horizontal linear ribbing around the body. The camera is a good example of the persistence into the 1950s of the Streamline Moderne style which originated in the USA in the 1930s. It has an optical viewfinder in a trapizoidal housing.

It takes 12 frames of 6cm x 6cm exposures. The meniscus objective lens can be stopped down to f/11 and f/16 by using a lever on the side. Additionally a yellow filter can be moved into place with an aperture of f/11.

The simple shutter has a speed of 1/30s.

It has a red window in the centre of the back. Flash connectors are provided on the top of the camera. The proprietary flash fitting is for the Agfa Clibo flash unit. The camera has a tripod mount on the bottom.

How to Use

This camera takes 120 film which is easily available. It supports instant(I) mode with a speed of 1/30 sec. It has two aperture settings of f/11 and f/16.

If you don't want to bother with an exposure meter, follow the guide shown. It is based on the 'Sunny 16' rule. Film is so forgiving and will produce acceptable results even when over-exposed by 2 or 3 stops or under-exposed by 1 stop.

The table shown assumes the shutter speed is about 1/30s.

The table also assumes that the sun is at least 30 degrees above the horizon - that's 10am - 5pm on a summers day in the UK.

Remember that the exposure guide in the manual may not be helpful as it is based on the use of old film with a low ISO value.

Make sure you brace the camera against your face or something solid and press the shutter smoothly to avoid camera shake.

Using ISO 100/125 film - shutter speed 1/30s

Weather ConditionsShadow DetailApertureExposure
with sharp edges
f/16+3 Stops
SunnyDistinctf/16+2 Stop
Slight OvercastSoft around edgesf/16+1 Stop
OvercastBarely visiblef/16Good
Heavy OvercastNonef/11Good
Open Shade
Nonef/11-1 Stop