This was another of my brilliant 75p finds in our local charity shop. My copy is in good mechanical, optical and cosmetic condition, though the case is a little battered. I am amazed at some of the interesting old things that crop up there.

About

This is a small ‘instamatic’ style camera from Agfa which entered production in 1972. It has the classic styling of the Agfa Sensor range with the large red membrane shutter release.

It takes 126 film with an image size of 28x28mm. All in all this is a lovely alternative to Kodak instamatics, and it takes pretty nice images, with just a hint of a vignette from the lens.

Lens and Focus

The lens is a 3 element fixed focus 44mm Colour Agnar. Based on the 28mm image size this gives a field of view of 35°, to fit a full body length shot in frame you would need to be about 3m away.

Assuming the lens was focused hyperfocally for f/16 (at 4.37m) it would have a close focus of about 2.1m.

Exposure

There are four exposure settings with symbols indicating sun over water, sun, partial cloud and overcast. The sun over water setting is 1/80s at f/16. Sunny is 1/80s at f/11. Partial Sun is 1/80s at f/8. Cloudy is 1/40s at f/8.

This would appear then to be calibrated for ISO 32 film, which seems very slow. I wonder if (like I find) the values are adjusted for life in northern Europe where the rule is more like sunny 11, even on a good day! I have provided an exposure table below.

1/40s is said to be the flash sync speed, but there is no separate flash setting – From my translation of an old French advert the settings can be used to determine flash distance  (1-1.5m at f/16, 1.50-2m at f/11 and 2-3.5m at f/8) which indicates it will actually sync at all speeds.

Show Exposure Table

Film Speed Setting  Ev Conditions
32 Sun over water 16 Bright sun over sand/snow
Sunny 15 Sunny 16 – Bright/hazy sun with distinct shadows
Partially Cloudy 14 Weak hazy sun (2)
Cloudy 13 Cloudy Bright – no shadows
64 Sun over water 17 Rarely encountered in nature
Sunny 16 Bright sun over sand/snow
Partially Cloudy 15 Sunny 16 – Bright/hazy sun with distinct shadows
Cloudy 13 Weak hazy sun (2)
125 Sun over water 18 Rarely encountered in nature
Sunny (1) 17 Rarely encountered in nature
Partially Cloudy 16 Bright sun over sand/snow
Cloudy 15 Sunny 16 – Bright/hazy sun with distinct shadows
250 Sun over water 19 Rarely encountered in nature
Sunny 18 Rarely encountered in nature
Partially Cloudy 17 Rarely encountered in nature
Cloudy 16 Bright sun over sand/snow
1) I have tried this with Verichrome Pan, which rates at ISO125, using the correct setting according to the conditions and had reasonable results. Verichrome Pan has quite a wide latitude, but is also not known for losing speed.
2) I will often allow EV14 (Sunny 11) or even EV13 as a guide in summer in the North of the UK.

Gallery

 Vital Statistics

Type: 126 Cartridge Camera.
Shutter: Two speed; 1/80s and 1/40s.
Lens: 3 element fixed focus 44mm Colour Agnar.
Aperture: f/8, f/11, f/16.
Transport: Manual single stroke.
Dimensions: 106 x 59 x 54; 181g.

Links

My sets on Flickr taken using the Agfamatic Sensor 200.
Agfamatic Sensor 200 on La Collection d’Appareils (in French).
Agfamatic on Wikipedia (in German).
Agfamatic Sensor 200 on Christian Zhan’s Optiksammlung (in German).
Agfamatic Sensor 200 on Camera-Wiki.

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