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Agfa Karat Art Deco film advance repair

A few weeks ago I bought an Agfa Karat Art Deco camera with a few faults, and this post is an update on the steps I took to try to restore it to a fully working condition. There were several faults with the camera, but the first and probably the easiest to fix was the film advance, so this post deals with the Agfa Karat Art Deco film advance repair. I’ve worked on the film advance of the Karat series of […]

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Agfa Karat 6.3 Art Deco camera

The Agfa Karat series of cameras covered a wide variety of models from the initial release in 1936. I’ve covered a few different models on this site, but this model is the one that started the series – the Agfa Karat 6.3 Art Deco. Agfa Karat 6.3 Art Deco Images My Agfa Karat 6.3 Art Deco Camera This was a camera which I bought basically on impulse because it was a good price. I found it as a buy it […]

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Agfa Karat viewfinder camera with strap lugs

This is a very short pictorial review of the model of  Agfa Karat viewfinder camera which has strap lugs fitted to the top cover. In functionality, it is identical to the Agfa Karat f/3.5 which I covered in a previous post, so this article is just a description of my particular camera and some images of the camera. All the pictures in this post can be viewed full size here. My Camera This camera was bought from eBay as a […]

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Agfa Karat IV repairs and cleanup

Over the last couple of days I’ve been fixing various issues I’ve found with my Agfa Karat IV 35mm rangefinder camera and this post gives a few details of my Agfa Karat IV repairs. The problems with the camera were that the shutter wouldn’t fire, the film transport was ‘gritty’ and the interlock didn’t always work and the focus was very stiff to operate. There are quite a lot of pictures in this post and some of them were taken […]

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Agfa Karat IV 35mm rangefinder camera

The Agfa Karat IV was the final iteration of the Karat design and probably the most impressive of the line up. The cartridge film system of the early models was dropped in favour of the standard 35mm film cassette, and the Compur shutter replaced with a Prontor-SVS shutter. The camera still retained some of the best features of the Karat series however, such as the collapsing lens system, relatively small body size and improved rangefinder. Agfa Karat Images My Agfa […]

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Agfa Karat 12 re-assembly

Over the last few days I’ve been cleaning and repairing the film advance and shutter on my Agfa Karat 12 rangefinder camera, and today I completed my refurbishment and re-assembled the camera. Agfa Karat 12 re-assembly pictures Agfa Karat 12 re-assembly procedure The pictures above show the steps that I took during the agfa karat 12 re-assembly, but I’ll also outline the process here. At the start of this process I had cleaned, lubricated and rebuild the film advance and […]

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Agfa Karat 12 Compur shutter clean up

Having completed the easy part of my Agfa Karat 12 camera refurbishment with the film advance strip down and clean up, I then turned my attention to the next easiest part which is the Compur-Rapid shutter fitted to this model. As suppled, the shutter was very stiff to operate and only worked at one speed, irrespective of the shutter settings. It seemed the most likely problem was that the shutter needed a good clean out then it would probably be fine […]

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Cleaning and servicing the Agfa Karat 12 film advance.

I recently bought an Agfa Karat 12 folding rangefinder camera from eBay which needed a bit of work to get it working properly. Although I bought it as a ‘fully working camera’, when I received it I found the film advance was stiff, the shutter locked up and the focus pretty much solid. I think the seller on eBay was probably a fairly strong contender for the Man Booker Prize as a creator of fictional work! Since the Karat 12 […]

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Cleaning an Agfa Karat focus helicoid

I couple of days ago I cleaned up the frame advance mechanism on my Agfa Karat 35mm viewfinder camera, but the one remaining area which still needed attention was the focus mechanism. When I received the camera the front element was seized almost completely solid and I couldn’t turn the lens, so in order to get a working camera, that was the next thing I needed to fix. Therefore this post is dealing with the Agfa Karat focus helicoid cleaning. […]

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Agfa Karat film advance repair

This post describes how I stripped down and cleaned up the Agfa Karat film advance/frame counter assembly, which is found under the top cover of the camera. It’s a pretty straight forward operation, but I think it’s always easier if you can see what to expect before you take it apart, so I’ve posted this to hopefully help someone else who may need to do the same operation in the future. Agfa Karat film advance images The Karat, at least […]

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Agfa Karat 35mm folding viewfinder camera

The Karat series of cameras was made by Agfa from the mid 1930’s to the mid 1950’s. The model I am describing here is the Agfa Karat 3.5 which was made just before the second world war. Agfa Karat Images My Agfa Karat Camera I found this camera on eBay in an auction and bought it, in an unknown condition, for £6.30. The Karat is a camera which I’d seen in various ‘buy it now’ sales but they always seemed […]

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Braun Paxette interchangeable lens viewfinder camera

This is a look at the Braun Paxette interchangeable lens, viewfinder camera which was made by Braun of Nuremberg in the early 1950s. Braun Paxette Viewfinder camera images My Braun Paxette camera I found this camera as an untested auction sale on eBay with a starting price of £0.99 and eventually bought it for about £12 including the postage. When it arrived a few days after the sale ended, I discovered a clean unit in pretty good condition cosmetically, with […]

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An index of camera types

This post is meant to be an index of camera types which have been produced over the last hundred or so years. It will be added to as I get time and as I acquire new examples of the different types in my collection. Viewfinder camera The viewfinder camera, of the type show to the left, is a basic camera which was normally sold as a snapshot camera. The actual name ‘viewfinder camera’ just refers to the fact that the […]

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Altissa Altix IV 35mm viewfinder camera

The Altissa Altix IV is an interesting 35mm viewfinder camera which was made in Germany in the early 1950s. It is a non interchangeable lens camera with a manually cocked shutter and a Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar lens and has a novel film loading mechanism. Altissa Altix IV Images My Altissa Altix IV Camera I bought this camera from eBay because I hadn’t see the model before, and it looked an attractive and interesting camera. It was described as being non […]

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A trio of Agfa Rapid cameras

This is a small collection of Agfa Rapid cameras which I purchased a couple of weeks ago. The Rapid film system was designed by Agfa to ease the problems of loading 35mm film into cameras, but it was killed off by the introduction of the 126 Instamatic film cartridge by Kodak a few years later. My Agfa Rapid Cameras I actually bought these cameras not because I wanted them, but because I wanted the Rapid film cartridges inside them. I […]

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