Film Camera 2019/9 – Agfa Click I – Results

Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY.

I was pleasantly surprised with the results. It was a cloudy day and I think I took all of the pictures on the cloudy setting with the yellow filter. I thought that, if I got anything at all, it would be blurred, out of focus images with light leaks all over the place. Instead I got halfway decent pictures. OK, they’re not incredibly sharp, there’s obvious vignetting and quite a lot of barrel distortion, but all in all for a very, very basic camera that’s as old as I am they weren’t bad at all. Of the eight anticipated frames I only lost two, and those because of operator (i.e. me) error i.e. too much camera blur.

View from the Hudson River Museum across the Hudson to the Palisades.

Roaring Brook Lane and, in the background, Roaring Brook Lake.

Tappan Zee bridge (officially the Maria Cuomo Bridge).

Small bridge across Roaring Brook.

Film Camera 2019/9 – Agfa Click I

I got this camera for two reasons: 1) A developing interest in bakelite cameras; 2) an interest in inexpensive cameras that take 120 film.

There’s really not much to be said about it. As mentioned above it takes 120 film in a 6×6 frame. It was made from the late 1950s into the 1970s and has a bakelite body with a viewfinder on top. A clip on the side allows the entire back to be removed so that the film can be inserted.

It has a fixed 72.5, single element (meniscus) lens. A slider allows you to select from two apertures: cloudy (f11) and sunny (f16). There is a third setting which allows you to angage a yellow filter along with the f11 setting. Shutter speed is said to be around 1/30 second. It has a red winter for counting frames, but it isn’t covered to take care not to expose it to too much light.

Other than that there’s just the winder knob and the shutter release.