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A combination you won't see every day

Discussion in 'Classic Models & Marques' started by John Farrell, Jan 21, 2019.

  1. John Farrell

    John Farrell Well-Known Member

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    An Agfa Ambi Silette, with a 130mm F4 telephoto lens fitted. The lens is rangefinder coupled, but the accessory viewfinder is used for framing, after transfering the focus distance to it.
    When I bought the camera, it had a sticky shutter, so I dropped it off to Chris Sherlock for a service. It now works like new.
     
  2. peterba

    peterba Well-Known Member

    Nice one, John.

    I know someone who owns a Silette, and - if memory serves - it looks somewhat different from this one... ;) :)
     
  3. John Farrell

    John Farrell Well-Known Member

    I also have a couple of Silettes, and two Super Silettes - one with the f2 Solagon lens.
     
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  4. peterba

    peterba Well-Known Member

    I get the impression that you own........ a 'number' of film cameras, John. ;) :D
     
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  5. John Farrell

    John Farrell Well-Known Member

    Yes - a number.........I try to use them at least once, with a film, too. I loaded a film in the Ambi Silette this afternoon, and I have a film almost finished in a Pentax S1a.
     
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  6. peterba

    peterba Well-Known Member

    Likewise, John. I do try to use them in a kind of rotation, but I'm only too aware that some are used more than others.

    I think that the collective noun for the array of film cameras that I own, is probably: an "embarrassment". :)
     
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  7. John Farrell

    John Farrell Well-Known Member

    A valued collection of historical artefacts......
     
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  8. peterba

    peterba Well-Known Member

    That's what I try to say, John - but I think that SWMBO is less than convinced. :D
     
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  9. Benchista

    Benchista Which Tyler

    First decent camera - i.e. not a box camera or Instamatic - I ever used was a Silette. My dad had taken it as security against an unpaid debt, and about 12 years later, decided it would never be repaid and started to use it. It produced pretty good results, and got me hooked. And I learned to estimate distance and exposure right there and then.
     
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  10. Andrew Flannigan

    Andrew Flannigan Well-Known Member

    I have a (probably) irrational dislike of the Agfa 35s but I do like their 6x6 Isolette folders. Particularly the III.
     
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