Agfa Speedex 0
|Produced||:||1932 - 1937|
|Body Type||:||Folding Bed|
|Image Size||:||4 x 6.5 cm|
|Focal Range||:||7ft - inf.|
|Apertures||:||f/3.9 - f/32|
|Shutter Speeds||:||T,B, I(1/300s - 1s)|
|Size Open (w x h x d)||:||75 x 120 x 95 mm|
|Size Closed (w x h x d)||:||75 x 120 x 29 mm|
Art Deco Credentials
Iconic: Famous, well-known and celebrated
- Produced during the main Art Deco period.
- Symmetrical geometric design on side panels.
- Raised chrome strips and glossy black enamel on side panels.
- Chrome inserts on struts.
- Wavey design on shutter body.
- Agfa rhombus logo on body leatherette.
- Striped pattern on body leatherette.
- Elongated hexagonal red window.
- Ornate film winder with knurled edge.
- Black and chrome detailing on viewfinder.
- Black and chrome detailing on table stand.
The Speedex 0 (Billy 0) is a small vertical folding camera, made by Agfa from 1932 to 1937. It makes eight pictures 4x6.5 cm on 127 roll film. The lens is either an f/3.9 Solinar (a Tessar-type) in a Compur shutter (as pictured), or f/5.6 Igestar anastigmat in a dial-set Pronto shutter. It is focused by screwing the front element in and out. On my example the focus scale is in feet, and is marked down to 7 feet although some of the cameras with the Igestar were scaled in metres. It has a flip-up frame viewfinder on the body and a brilliant finder on the shutter which swivels for portrait and landscape images. The Speedex Zero is slimmer and more elegant than most cameras and is well made.
How to Use
This camera takes 127 film which is still available from select outlets - search for 'Rera Pan 100-127' which is a black & white film. For those photographers in the UK, try Nick & Trick photographic services. If you want to use a particular type of film which is not available commercially, then you can cut your own 127 film from any 120 film. See my page on 'How to cut 127 film from 120 film'.
The pictures below were taken with this camera. One thing I learned from this was that I should have cleaned and vacuumed the inside of the camera, particularly the bellows, before using it. As you can see on the third picture, which is an enlarged version of the second picture, there are small bits of dust that have got onto the film. Film used Rera Pan 100-127.