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The Agfa Optima IIS, is a rangefinder that reminds me of the  cars of the 1950’s–chubby with heavy-duty chrome built with quality in mind.  These cameras were so well made, that most of the light meters for them work to this day.  I don’t have one whose light meter is not functioning.  That’s reliable quality! No batteries are required for this superb camera.  It’s got a rangefinder, light meter, and it’s automatic.  You can choose from automatic, flash or bulb.  If it’s set to flash, then you can adjust the aperture otherwise it’s auto all the way.  You can use a cable release on it, plus it has a frame counter and a generous window port for viewing your subject.  Within the view window you’ll see, high up, a “hanging uvula” with a circle.  Wind the frame advance lever, press half-way down and if it’s red, taking the picture is not recommended.  If it’s green then all is well.  It’s a carefree camera. This is a manful camera-- compact but heavy.  You don’t want to get hit with one of these intentionally or unintentionally.  If you’re barefoot and you drop one
of these on your foot, it’s going to hurt a lot and for a long time.  It was built with seals to last a lifetime--so you don’t have to replace them like in Yashica cameras and so many others.  The winder and shutter release are not orthodox, yet they are comfortably placed for easy operation of the camera. There’s also the Optima II.  The Optima IIS has the rangefinder, the Optima II does not.  Both have the Apotar 45mm 2.8 lens which isn’t anything to sneeze at.  If you don’t want to guess the distance, the IIS is the one to get. The hard plastic and leather hard case that comes along with this camera is just as well-made as the camera.  The top is a hard composite plastic and the front face and the rear flap, attached to the top are made of genuine leather.  The sides which envelopes the body, is all leather, while the bottom is made of a particle wood- like material.  In short, a camera worth having. Other accessories were available for Agfa Optimas.  There was a small brown hard plastic case which housed a lens
hood and lens filters plus there were several flashguns available.  There was a very large Agfalux and a very small Agfalux, plus the Agfa Tully was even smaller and more compact.  Except for the large Agfalux they all came with very strong brown plastic cases with a strip of leather on the back that allowed them to be attached to the camera’s strap if so desired. Of the two Agfaluxes pictured, the small one is the better choice because it can be positioned to bounce the flash from the ceiling, whereas the larger cannot;  but, it can blast you blind with one shot from its enormous reflector. An interesting accessory, the Natarix Lens and Viewfinder set, that is suppose to fit all Agfa cameras with 45mm or 50mm lenses without a contact in the accessory shoe or hotshoe, doesn’t seem to want to slide into most of the Agfas at my fingertips.  It would only slide into the  Agfa Optima IIS.
Agfa Optima IIS Photography
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